Taking Care Of Your Reels

Taking Care Of Your Reels

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  • Avoid dipping your reel in water as much as possible and certainly in saltwater.
  • Don’t knock the reel against rocks and other hard surfaces.  Small scratches will unleash bare metal and make the reel more exposed to corrosion.
  • Try to avoid dropping the reel in sand!  Sand grains are very hard and can scratch the inner housing, damage drag disks, ball bearings and the flyline.
  • Immediately after fishing (whenever possible), rinse the reel under the tap.  Remove the spool, shake off excess water and leave it to dry before reassembling.
  • After a saltwater fishing trip, and before putting the reel away for a long period, do a in-depth cleaning : Remove the fly line and backing, scrub carefully with hot soapy water to remove salt crystals, rinse and dry with a clean cloth.  Apply new lubricate to moving parts…Apply a light coating of oil or car polish on the housing.  For those who fish year-round in saltwater, in-depth reel maintenance should be done at least regularly.
  • Always loosen the drag completely when the reel is not in use.
  • Don’t store the reel in its pouch as it might contain water/moist.  Store it in a cabinet or on a shelf.
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