Published at Tuesday, April 10th 2018. by Rolande Yolande in Fishing Reels.
Loosen Drag for Storage. Between fishing trips store each reel with its drag loosened. If you leave the drag tightened the drag washers are compressed and you could end up with a jerky or ineffective drag. Reduced pressure on the drag washers helps them last longer in better condition.
Lubrication is an essential part of spinning reel maintenance. Use the oil that came with the reel or a quality after-market brand. Ball bearings and metal bushings tend to collect water and salt leading to corrosion and seizure if not oiled. It′s difficult to crank in a fish if the handle won′t turn. A little oil goes a long way though. Too much is almost as bad as not enough so apply sparingly.
The drag system of your reel applies friction to the spool. This helps as you cast and while you are attempting to bait a fish particularly larger species. Older models traditionally have a fixed drag that cannot be adjusted spring and pawl drag systems for fly fishing offer some adjustment and have a distinct clicking sound when line is pulled off the reel disc drag systems provide the smoothest type of drag. They are used in many modern fly reels adjustable disc drags allow anglers to make fine adjustments to the level of drag pressure.
After all that put your reel back together; check to make sure everything is working the way it should back the drag off and apply a little Reel Magic to the exterior to protect the finish and line. You'll be good to go. Spinning reels can be maintained much the same as casting reels. Just remember the basics — stay organized clean properly grease gears and oil bearings.
Hold your reel properly while disassembling and assembling it. "We recommend anglers hold the reel in their left hand and work with their right. That way everything stays oriented. But the really important thing is to always hold it the same. That way the parts will go back together easier."
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