Published at Tuesday, 03 April 2018. Fishing Reels. By Juliane Pia.
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.
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.
There are three types of drag systems : 1. Spring and pawl or “click and pawl” systems feature a spring that pushes the prawl into a gear on the reel spool to produce a drag. Spring and pawl is best for light fishing when targeting panfish 2. Disc drag pushes a large-diameter pad against the reel spool′s braking surface. Pressure is applied directly to increase overall control and efficiency. Cork or synthetic materials like Teflon are used in disc drag systems. Cork provides a smoother more consistent pressure and can be easily adjusted. These systems are great for fighting large strong fish 3. Caliper drag systems fall between disc and spring and pawl. A caliper pad pushes against the braking surface of the spool. This friction slows the way the reel spool spins.
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