Take care of your equipment and it will take care of you. The idea is simple enough, but it does take some effort to keep your valued fishing equipment in working order. Before digging into the specifics of how to clean and maintain different types of fishing reels, it might be wise to devote a few minutes to basic maintenance and cleaning. This can be as simple as rinsing the reel inside and out with clean, fresh water and allow it to air dry. If you do this after a day of fishing, you’ll be well ahead of some people who don’t take this basic step regularly.
After this quick rinse, it’s also a good idea to lubricate the accessible moving parts with a light oil. Lubrication and protection of parts are essential if you’re using your gear for saltwater fishing or you’ve been in dirty condition an entire day.
How To Clean a Fishing Reel
Organize before you begin:
The first step is to get all the tools together and organized. There are lots of complex parts and machinery inside a reel and this can be difficult for cleaning. All the parts should be organized so that no parts get misplaced during cleaning.
Hot water, some cleaning fluid, lighter fluid, grease, and reel oil are important supplies for this operation. It is important to clean and re-oil the reel in order to keep it working at its best for as long as possible. Do not use household oils and greases because these harden must faster than the specialist products and this will cast a crust and crud on the reel. Recommended things by reel manufacturer are best to use.
Grease the gear
It is ideal to grease the gear starting from bottom teach rather than the top. Start from the bottom teeth and work slowly, using a toothbrush and small amounts of grease to ensure that the grease sticks to the spool. It will increase its longevity.
Salt water special treatment
If you use your reel more in salt water for fishing but less in fresh water then it is best to soak the reel spool in clean, fresh water after every use and keep the rod in fresh water so that you can use the reel for a long time.
During the offseason
When you`re not using the rod, it is best to put them in the reel bag as these bags absorb water and moisture. This can cause damage and rust to the real, so it is important to make sure that the reel stays as dry as possible after the use.
Spinning vs Conventional
The cleaning process of spinning reels and conventional reels are quite the same. Although they are different in their weights and moving parts, they till need cleaning just as regular and same way as each other in order to keep both types of reel working in the right ways for as long as possible.
There are several areas that require a more thorough and regular cleaning, and this is because of the fact that they are moving parts or because they are load bearing parts. Parts such as the support arm, the bail and bail optimum levels.
Setting up for the season
When the fishing season comes back, the reel should be taken out from the bag and carefully test the spool and check and ensure there is no rust. Then clean it and give proper lubricant and grease for proper usage. Check the reel regularly to keep it in good condition.
OVERVIEW AND SUMMERY
In addition to these cleaning and maintenance details, you would be wise to pay attention to some general advice for keeping your fishing gear in good working order. If you’re a saltwater fisherman, you shouldn’t be satisfied with simply hosing down your rods and reels. This may remove the obvious dirt and some of the salt, but grit and salt can be forced into the gears by the strong spray of the hose.
You’d be wise to use a spray bottle and do this rinsing “close up.” In addition, you should take a few minutes to wipe down your reel with a moist (not wet) cloth. Pay particular attention to the drive-gear bearings. Learn how to remove the reel handle or have someone do it, so you can gain access to the bearings on both sides of the frame.
A couple of drops of light oil will suffice. Put the handle back on and you’ve done your reel a great service. Unless you are an expert, or very skilled at reel repair, you shouldn’t remove the bearings or degrease them. Light oil should be enough for in-season maintenance.
You can do this equipment a lot of good by removing the drag knob on the front, then take the spool off of the drive shaft. Wipe the shaft to remove debris and dirt, then put a bead of light oil along the shaft (both sides). When you turn the rotor the lubrication will work into the reel. You can also put a drop of oil on the line roller and both hinges.