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.
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.
Line Replacement. When should you replace old line with new? There′s no set answer to that question but certainly you′ll want to replace it after any long taxing encounter with a hard-fighting fish which can compromise the properties of the line. I also replace mine
Some of my fishing buddies like me have invested a lot of money in the fishing reels they own. With few exceptions though these guys rarely treat their reels like the expensive finely tuned pieces of equipment they are.
When you′re on a hot bite or a long-planned trip the worst thing that could happen is tackle failure. Losing a great catch due to something that could have been prevented is annoying. Avoid that problem by maintaining and regularly servicing your spinning reels and
Use tweezers to handle springs and wire clips. "That'll keep them from flying all over the place and maybe getting lost."
After cleaning components are inspected before reassembly. If a part won′t endure a complete season it needs to be replaced. Items subject to normal wear and tear like plastic drag knobs are checked for stress cracks. Drag washers typically last a couple of years depending
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
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