Taking care of gear makes sense. Here are four tips that, along with your owner’s manual and the support of a knowledgeable tackle dealer, will help ensure your reels keep catching.
Reels used in salt water should be lightly rinsed with fresh water applied from a spray bottle. High pressure from a hose may drive salt and dirt into the reel’s workings. If you must use a hose, lock the drag down tight and use a spray setting.
Rubbing alcohol, aka isopropyl alcohol, is a mild solvent that removes dirt, old grease and grime but does not harm finishes. It also evaporates, and so can’t contaminate. Apply with a toothbrush and/or cotton swabs.
Anglers have a tendency to believe more is better. That may be true for livewell capacity or number of rods or engine horsepower, but too much grease can inhibit free-spool and thus casting distance and subtle presentations. A dab will do ya.
Lay out reel components in the order of disassembly to make reassembly easier. Work on a surface covered with a light-color cloth to provide contrast and to prevent dropped parts from bouncing onto the floor — and into neverland.
Quick Tip: To prolong the useful life of drag washers and ensure maximum performance, always back off the drag when a reel is not in use.