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Reel Spring start up
« on: March 10, 2017, 04:40:04 PM »

What do you all do for your reels to start the Spring off right?


In the past, I've pretty much fished all year, but gave them a good cleaning and tune before Spring. Last few years, the reels have stayed unused for months.


I've stripped all the reels of line, broken them down and degreased them. Then I apply grease to the parts that rub and light oil to the gears, etc. Follow that up by cleaning the bodies and applying some non-greasy protectant.


That's certainly not a professional regime, but it's worked well for a few years.


Any body have a solid reel maintenance regime?

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Re: Reel Spring start up
« Reply #1 on: March 10, 2017, 04:47:26 PM »

I only use one brand of reel so it is easier for me to take them apart and put them back together.


I used to clean them every 2 weeks and put on new line but that was when I was fishing exclusively for large white bass on Bull Shoals with light weight spinning reels and 6#  test monofilament.


Now I mostly fish for black bass with bait casters and fluorocarbon line.  So as long as the casting distance is good, the reel is smooth and the line is strong I just fish them.  When one needs attention I take it apart and give it a good cleaning.  If something comes up that I can't handle I send them to Jimmy's Rod and Reel Repair in Buchanan TN.
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Re: Reel Spring start up
« Reply #2 on: March 10, 2017, 09:04:45 PM »
I'm bad. I don't take my reels that deeply apart. Mostly it's due to time available. But Im kind of like JigMan... if they aren't acting broken I will just fish them lol

I do oil the bearings with a bit of Rocket Fuel and will grease inside of my spinning reels. Other than that I focus on the spools and ensuring that there are no rough spots on the edges, especially on my spinning reels as the line constantly rubs the edge of a spinning spool. If I find a rough spot, even the slightest bit rough, I will sand it smooth again. I use the womens nail sanding boards I will start rough then go finer until its smooth as possible. Most spools are aluminum so it never takes much sanding. It's not often that the spools get roughed up though so this is rarely ever done.

Then of course, I will change my line on my reels, except the braid.  I rarely change my braid. The most I may do is get a sharpie and recolor it if its faded.

I use to have others take apart, clean and tune my reels but I havent had that done in a while. I will need to do that again this year most likely
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Re: Reel Spring start up
« Reply #3 on: March 10, 2017, 09:17:24 PM »
I am Texas there is no such thing as stop fishing.....................  :rofl:

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Re: Reel Spring start up
« Reply #4 on: March 12, 2017, 06:17:24 AM »
I've been busy here lately so forgive me on the late reply.

My side gig is running my own reel repair/tune/clean business....so I can point you in the right direction. What I do and what I recommend doing are usually two different things....as I do have a lot of equipment and tools to clean reels, I realize not everyone has this stuff or gets paid to service reels so...there ya go.

For the DIY'er at home:

Once a year at a minimum clean your reels using a simular method:

If you feel comfortable opening them up, lay all pieces out in the order they were removed. The DIY'er can get away with stopping at removing the gears. You don't have to remove the worm gear parts or clutch parts (pieces that are held in with springs and screws in between the pinion gear and frame. The parts you removed, wipe clean with a rag. You should have two brass gears, drag washers, yoke (piece that pinion gear and 2 springs ride on). Again clean all parts you remove with a degreaser. You can use simple green or aerosol spray degreaser. Aerosol spray degreaser would be the easiest thing to clean the rest of the reel because you will have some pressure to the spray to force the dirt and grime out. Spray everything and then remove the residue with water. Let dry completely. While frame is drying, remove the three bearings that the spool rides on. Usually one on each side of the spool and one in the middle. If the middle bearing is behind a pin on the spool you will need a special tool to remove the pin....Put bearings in small jar and fill with a degreaser. Let bearings soak....go get an electric tooth brush or other vibrating device you may have in the house and hold to the bottom of the jar to help bearings get flushed out (mimics the effect of an ultra sonic cleaner). Then discard the solutions and repeat with either lighter fluid, finger nail polish remover, or acetone. After a few mins take bearings out to dry.

At this point everything should be dry.

Grease gears (not oil), and light coat of grease where you can see wear marks between the frame and reel parts. Assemble gears and drag washers in same order applying very light coats of grease to the washers (if you can leave a visible fingerprint in the grease, its too heavy). Next time you order from tackle warehouse, buy Shimano drag grease for your reels. One ounce will last you years otherwise use what you have on hand.

Apply one drop of oil to the bearings, one drop to each side of the spool shafts, one drop on the disk behind the bearing spool ends, one drop on the brake system, and a few drops on the anti reverse bearing in the handle, few drops in the worm gear and maybe even a few to the handle.......thats it. 


A DIY'er can get away by owning one oil and one grease product. Oil here is much more important than the grease....so I recommend ReelX oil....($6 at Tackle Warehouse).

If you wanted to get more in depth, you first need to purchase a ultra sonic cleaner because without it, you will never get anything perfectly clean. 





What do you all do for your reels to start the Spring off right?


In the past, I've pretty much fished all year, but gave them a good cleaning and tune before Spring. Last few years, the reels have stayed unused for months.


I've stripped all the reels of line, broken them down and degreased them. Then I apply grease to the parts that rub and light oil to the gears, etc. Follow that up by cleaning the bodies and applying some non-greasy protectant.


That's certainly not a professional regime, but it's worked well for a few years.


Any body have a solid reel maintenance regime?
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Re: Reel Spring start up
« Reply #5 on: March 12, 2017, 08:04:38 AM »
D. One of the reasons that I only have one brand of reel is so that I can more easily take them apart clean and reassemble them.  It keeps the learning curve smaller.  Also with the number of reels that I carry having them cleaned professionally on a yearly basis is more than the cost of a good reel.

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Re: Reel Spring start up
« Reply #6 on: March 12, 2017, 10:09:25 AM »
At the end of the season I usually take them apart and give them a good cleaning only.

As the fishing season draws near I'll open again and oil and grease, add new line and they're ready to go.

It is inevitable that I forget to adjust the reel for casting. I can't tell you how many times I get so excited about going fishing and I wind up for a cast only to have a nice spider web. "Damn, forgot to adjust the spool control knob!"  :crying:

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Re: Reel Spring start up
« Reply #7 on: March 19, 2017, 07:57:43 AM »
Usually I just take the covers off and clean them, take the spools out and clean them....stick 'em back in and go.  I'm a lousy housekeeper.... :pizza:

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