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Care For Your Reel

Reel Maintenance

A well maintained reel will give years of faithful service and the time and cost involved is remarkably small. You should, of course, avoid laying it in the sand and at the end of the day, do give it a light hose over with fresh water or wash it in your shower after saltwater use.

If you lubricate your reel properly, you will find it easier to cast and reel in. A little time spent performing this maintenance, can make for a much more successful fishing experience.

Tools and Stuff to get started:

  • Internal diagram of the reel

  • A clean work surface
  • Small Phillips head screwdriver
  • Small slotted screwdriver
  • Reel tool (if one came with the reel)
  • Pair of long nose pliers
  • Clean wipe rag
  • Reel lube and oil

Oil used should be a good quality, and only oil designed for fishing reels such as Blakemore Reel Magic Lube. Reel Magic is a lube that improves the performance of your reel. Real Magic Lubricant's synthetic formula is impervious to salt, won't sling off of gears, will not harm line, helps prevent ice-up and is stable from-40º to +430º. Ideal for spinning and casting reels.

  • Something to store parts (screws, washers, etc.) in.

Not only is it difficult to find a small screw that fell on the carpet, it's also difficult to smooth things over with the Wife when there's a grease ring on the carpet.

It would also be wise to work in the middle of the work surface - not the edge. Working close to the edge of the surface means that small screws and parts will have a greater chance of hitting the floor instead of the work surface!

  • Make sure you have plenty of light!

Before you even start you should have an internal diagram of the reel handy. Every reel comes with a diagram and parts list. That diagram is your bible when it comes to opening the reel and identifying the proper location for each part. Hopefully you did not throw it away!
Let me guess, you threw it away!
Don't panic if you did, this is the age of the Internet! Simply Google your reels schematics'.
Here is a website that may be helpful:

Saltwater Maintenance

After each saltwater fishing trip, remove the spool and soak in fresh water, thoroughly rinse the reel body with a light spray of fresh water. Thorough cleaning after each saltwater trip is very important to the life and dependability of your reel.

I know it's time consumming, but it would actually do your reel and line alot better if you strip the line off to clean the spool. Remove the line from the reel and soak it in mild soap and water. Wipe its entire length with a soft cloth and rinse with clear water.

The reason for this is that every time saltwater gets on the reel and dries, it leaves a microscopic coating of "crystalline" salt residue. This salt coating will not only attack the components in the reel but will create the same wearing and / or binding effect as sand or dirt.

After the saltwater and saltwater residue is rinsed from the reel, use a clean dry cloth to remove the excess water from the reel and spool. Then, using a good quality lubricant that contains "corrosion inhibitors," apply a light coating on the reel.


Household oil thickens and hardens much quicker than reel oil and can form a layer of crud on reel parts.

Do not spray the inside with harsh chemical solvents or use gasoline. This may damage some of the plastic parts and push crud into the inner recesses of the reel. USE REEL GREASE!

DO NOT USE WD-40 any where inside the reel!!!

WD-40 doesn't even come CLOSE to offering the performance and protection needed inside reels. It only promotes a shorter lifespan and faster wear no mater where you put it in a reel.

Winter Storage of Your Fishing Reel

During the off season

Place your reels in a moisture absorbent type sack. 

Flannel bags work great! Flannel absorbs the moisture and protects from scratches

Manufactures reel bags. Many reels come in their own bags that a lot of people simply throw away (Like the schematics that come with a reel). Don't throw those bags away, use them to store your reel in during the off season.

Old cotton sport socks are great moisture absorbers, and shock absorbers. These socks will protect your reel from scratches, and moisture as well.


How to take care of your spincast fishing reel






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