Best Spinning Reel Maintenance Tips

Start each trip with a thorough cleaning. If possible, wash reels with warm, soapy, fresh water to remove salt, body oils, blood, and dirt. Next, loosen the drag knob to remove pressure so the washers don’t become compressed and warped. A light coating of liquid furniture polish will also work. Lubrication is an essential part of spinning reel maintenance. A little oil goes a long way though. If a part won’t endure a complete season, it needs to be replaced. Drag washers typically last a couple of years depending on use; a shiny or worn one needs to be replaced immediately. Technicians also know whether to lube the drag washers. Keep your spinners spinning smoothly and they won’t let you down when that drag starts screaming.
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Here’s what you need for a proper reel-maintenance kit.

When you’re on a hot bite or a long-planned trip, the worst thing that could happen is tackle failure. Losing a great catch due to something that could have been prevented is annoying. Avoid that problem by maintaining and regularly servicing your spinning reels and you’ll enjoy years of dependable use. Here are some steps to keep those reels in good working order.

Start each trip with a thorough cleaning. Gently rinse each reel to remove salt particles. Don’t loosen the drags yet and don’t use a lot of water pressure, either, to prevent forcing salt and dirt into internal components. If possible, wash reels with warm, soapy, fresh water to remove salt, body oils, blood, and dirt. Remove the skirted spool (and drag knob, if necessary), and clean the underside of the spool and the spindle area. Next rinse the entire reel again with a gentle spray and let them air dry or pat with a towel or chamois. Next, loosen the drag knob to remove pressure so…

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