How To Clean Your Spinning Reel Drag System (In Just 5 Minutes)
By: Tony Acevedo on November 25, 2019
Is there a sweeter sound than hearing your drag scream?
It’s music to any angler’s ears, but it only screams if your drag system is working properly.
To keep it working like new, I put together this quick video to show you how easy it is to clean and maintain your drag system.
Check it out below for the simple, five-minute process.
How To Maintain Your Drag System [VIDEO]
Step 1. Remove the spool
This will allow you to access the drag system.
Step 2. Remove the drag washers
There are several mechanisms that reel manufacturers use to keep the drag washers in place, so see the video for details on how to do this with two different types of reels.
3. Inspect the inside of the spool where the washers rest
Make sure to remove any dirt or debris in there.
4. Inspect the washers and make sure they’re not cracked, broken, or torn
If there are any issues, you can order replacement washers.
5. Clean washers off
You can use a solvent to wash old grease off, or you can just wipe them off with a paper towel.
6. Apply drag grease to felt or cloth washers
Just get a little on your fingertips and apply it to the felt or cloth washer.
You can get drag grease from your local tackle shop, or from Amazon here.
Note: if you have ceramic or carbon washers, you don’t need to grease them (the grease is to make sure felt or cloth washers don’t burn).
7. Put drag washers back in spool
Make sure they’re placed in the proper order.
8. Check your drag clicker
If your reel stops clicking, there’s likely an issue with the drag clicker, so be sure to check that.
You can also put grease on it to prevent corrosion.
If you have to deal with really small screws like I did in the video, by putting a bit of grease at the tip of your screwdriver it will help the screws stick to it, which will make getting them back into their holes much easier than if you tried to use your fingers to get them back in.
By regularly cleaning your drag system you can make sure that your reel is running smoothly and lasts a long time.
For more reel maintenance tips, you can check out this post on making your spinning reels last longer.
Have any questions about cleaning or maintaining your drag system?
Let me know in the comments below!
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