Published at Sunday, April 08th 2018. by Juliane Pia in Fishing Reels.
If you′ll be stowing your rods and reels for a couple of months – in winter for example – strip the line and leave it off until just prior to your first trip of the new season. That way you′ll know you are starting with fresh line when you begin again.
Proper Brake Adjustment Equals Fewer Backlashes. You′ll make more accurate casts with fewer backlashes if you adjust your baitcasting reel′s mechanical brake according to the weight of the lure you′re casting. Look for the brake adjustment knob on the side-plate beneath the handle. With the lure attached to your line depress the free-spool button while lightly thumbing the line. When the brake knob is properly adjusted the lure should descend slowly to the ground and stop without any spool overrun. If the lure falls too quickly or slowly adjust the brake knob to compensate.
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.
Fill Your Reel Just Right. When using a baitcasting reel filling the spool to 90 percent capacity is recommended. This optimizes casting performance. Too much line is likely to increase the chance of backlash while not enough limits casting distance. For spinning reels a good rule of thumb is to fill the spool until there′s at least 1/8 inch of room from the line to the edge of the spool lip. That will let you use the most line capacity without causing line to spring off the spool and form tangles. The 1/8-inch rule applies to spincast reels too but you′ll have to remove the reel′s front cover so you can check the amount of line on the spool.
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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