Published at Saturday, 07 April 2018. Fishing Reels. By Juliane Pia.
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.
To keep reels in prime fighting condition periodic disassembly and cleaning is necessary at least every two years preferably annually. Because of the intricate mechanics this chore is best left to professional technicians at reputable tackle shops or service centers. The reels will be completely disassembled down to the last screw and thoroughly cleaned with ultrasonic dunking the preferred method. For the quickest turnaround have this done in the winter off-season.
Degrease Stiff Reels. If you purchased a new fishing reel and found it a little stiff when casting take it apart and see if you need to remove some of the grease on the gears. Old reels work better too if you clean out gummed-up grease and replace it with a fresh coating of light lubricant. A solvent like Ardent Reel Kleen or isopropyl rubbing alcohol works great to loosen up all grease. A Q-Tip or soft cloth can be used for application.
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