Published at Saturday, 07 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.
Modern fishing reels are complex pieces of equipment. Take one apart and it looks much like an old-fashioned watch — lots and lots of tiny parts whose purpose is known only to a few select engineers.
Each reel is a little bit different but the basics are the same. Here are the elementary steps the Kilpatricks recommend to keep your reel working properly.
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