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Old 08-05-2013, 10:27 AM
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Default Reel maintenance

Didn't want to hi-jack the reel failure poll, but it got me wondering as to how many folks actually do routine maintenance/inspections on their reels? Just like a car, if it doesn't get any routine maintenance/inspection then you should probably carry a back up reel at all times. Not judging, nor do I expect routine maintenance/inspections to be the cure all.... just wondering if others are as "Anal Retentive" as I seem to be.

I am a nerd when it comes to cleaning and lubing my reels, especially salt water reels. My Abel switch gets soaked in a container of fresh water on the way home from the beach, taken apart and rinsed and re-lubed after each outing. Doesn't matter if it is a 5 minute or 8 hour outing, it gets done each time. Overkill? Probably but the reel guts still look brand new.

I also take a part my fresh water reels, clean and grease/oil if necessary, but at a mininum I do a visual inspection looking for loose or wearing components. My opinion: Routine maintenance won't stop the component failure, but it sure can give you the opportunity to spot a small problem before it causes grief on the water.
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Old 08-05-2013, 10:41 AM
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All of my fly reels are cleaned, and lubed. I am very particular about my reels.
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Old 08-05-2013, 10:58 AM
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Default Re: Reel maintenance

I'm with Kelly. I constantly inspect, clean and maintain my reels. I am strictly a fresh water at this point, but since I was a child fishing with my father and grandfather, it was engrained in me to take care of my equipment.
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Old 08-05-2013, 11:13 AM
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Default Re: Reel maintenance

One of the things I don't like about excellent Hatch Reels...there is nothing to lubricate! You can clean them, of course. I cheat and put a tiny dab of reel oil on the treads that the captive spool release nut screws onto. My wife has a Ross Reel which I cleaned and lubed for her...it failed. I sent it in for repair and they pointed out to me that I caused its failure by lubrication which in turn contaminated the drag mechanism. No lubrication required meant do not lubricate at all. Errors aside, I am a life-long reel maintainer and proud of it.
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Old 08-05-2013, 11:29 AM
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Default Re: Reel maintenance

I'm religious about reel maintenance. I lube regularly and oil as appropriate, put Neatsfoot oil on cork drag systems and perform regular cleanings. On week+ trips I generally open up reels and let them air dry so when I do this I inspect. All reels get broken down a couple times a year.

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I fished saltwater many years with Medalists reels
If you wanted the reel to perform the next time out it had to be cleaned and oiled after every trip.
Turns out, it was a good habit to get into.
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Default Re: Reel maintenance

The only salt water fishing I do is with spinning gear. I have been using Mitchell 300 reels for some 30 plus years and lube once a year. I don't take any special treatment to them and they show no sign of corrosion or deterioration of finish. Maybe I am just lucky. On the other hand, all of my fly reels and rods are cleaned at the end of each day. Reels are lubed with a drop of oil as Hardy recommends. My Lamsons require very little because drags are sealed and I don't mess with them. I do the same for all my guns.
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Default Re: Reel maintenance

Once I get home from fishing, I take a shower. So do my reels. I do this at 4am when I am dead tired. I do it regardless how long I have been up or when I roll in. The next day or so, I pull the spool off and make sure the innards are good. Once every four or five trips, I'll strip and clean the line. I knew this was what I was in for when I bought it. I wouldn't have it any other way.
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I fish in saltwater and I wash my reels under running water. It's first after I got an Abel reel that I use soapy water and am more aware of the required maintenance.

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Grouch, unless you are fishing saltwater, that is not necessary to clean your reel at 4am. Wash it with fresh water, after it leaves the salt. If it is a freshwater reel, it won't hurt if you get a little rest, before cleaning a reel.
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