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Old 08-11-2013, 11:51 AM
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The way I see it Reel failures are caused by not really looking after or periodically checking & cleaning Reels especially before storage sometimes over run can occur & needs fixing.
If I drop a Reel & it gets any foreign matter in it I usually clean it straight away or if it's caked & I have a spare I change it.
Also after a Reel has a Swim I usually remove the Spool Check it Drain it if necessary then Dry it & continual to use it then when I get home I strip it & check it properly most times I then re/grease it.
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Brian, I disagree. Don't get me wrong I'm sure that plenty of failures are caused by lack of basic maintenance, just like plenty of fly rods are broken on car doors. But the reality is, if you fish regularly for big hard running fish, you will experience failures do to design or construction issues.

There is a reason the very well respected reel company that was making "sealed synthetic" drag reels discontinued the reel I had failures with after just a couple of seasons. It was failing regularly and was only "sealed" from the user for service, not the elements. From what I heard they had epic failure issues with the same reel in the Salt.

I maintain my reels, lubrication and cleanliness is important. And no reel should be fished in the Salt without being thoroughly rinsed after, But, some designs have inherent flaws, and big fish will reveal them. The sealed drag high end reel I fished that failed repeatedly was a flawed design, as was the click and pawl reel I fished that overran on several good rainbows. And putting a candle in a cow pie will not make it a birthday cake.
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Old 08-11-2013, 09:41 PM
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With all of the reels I own and have owned and between all of the places and species I've fished for I've had but one reel failure. This was a design flaw that almost cost me a days fishing. The reel was a middle-of-the-road offering from a well known American reel maker who liked using plastic on even their better reels. With this reel I was changing spools when the lame, plastic clicker deal decided to leap off of the reel and out of the boat. The only thing that saved that reel from eventually reverting back to nature from where it would have landed after I threw it was that a friend stopped me mid-throw and offered to buy it from me.
Maybe it's because I always back off my drags when not in use and I don't just rinse my reels off after being used in salt water but I take them down as far as I can without using tools and then thoroughly rinse and swish them in clean water. Lubing where necessary including spindles and cork is just part of the game and part of the fun for me. I'll blame long, cold Michigan winters for making me take the time to maintain my gear.

I'm shocked to hear that people like Abel use bushings on their reels. For the price they ask I would expect more of them.
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It's generally accepted that the Berkley Specialist was the worst fly reel ever made but I have to think that those people never had a Cabela's Graphite.
I've owned both and you don't want either.... and now that I think about it, my Martin Classic is no prize for that matter.
But these are all $25 +/- reels.... so what do you expect ?? a Medalist ??
The only "reel failure" I've ever had was on an 11 wt 1500 medalist. I was fighting about a 3 foot lemon, or bull shark (I'm not sure which as it never got close enough to the boat) when the reel froze and the fish broke off. "Damn" I thought, "what do you expect from a fifty dollar reel"? I looked down and my sleeve had got gotten caught in between the frame and the spool. Not reel failure, but angler failure. I fish, whether fly or spinning, middle of the road tackle. Penn, and Daiwa spinning reels, Orvis Battenkill and Pfleuger fly reels. They work. Yes I could buy better, but I abuse them in the salt and I just don't fancy dropping a grand on a reel when one I paid a hundred bucks for will work fine, and get trashed just as easily,. And for trout and bass? When was the last time you used your reel rather than playing the fish by hand and just letting the reel store line? Sorry, I'll spend the money on flies or gas to get to the water.
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Old 08-12-2013, 09:54 PM
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I'm shocked to hear that people like Abel use bushings on their reels. For the price they ask I would expect more of them.
Jackster, I'm just curious, which bushings are you referring to? They use stainless steel bearings, but no bushings that I'm aware of, at least not on their Super Series. I'm just wondering if I'm missing something.

Where did you hear this?

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Old 08-12-2013, 10:21 PM
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Jackster, I'm just curious, which bushings are you referring to? They use stainless steel bearings, but no bushings that I'm aware of, at least not on their Super Series. I'm just wondering if I'm missing something.

Where did you hear this?

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My mistake. Late last night I read MoscaPescador's review of issues he's seen come into the shop. The Evelyn Wood Speed Reading Dynamics class I took 30 years ago will have to take the blame for my seeing bearings as bushings.

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Old 08-12-2013, 10:39 PM
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Jackster,

That's too funny. I do that all the time. I was already concerned about the Ross Rhythm failures detailed here, since I own a couple of those. I don't need any Abel issues.

I pretty much have reels from Ross and Abel, along with one Orvis. The Rhythms are holding up just fine, but I've always been a little concerned about those plastic parts.

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What's wrong with bushings in a fly reel?

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