How to Clean and Maintain a Spinning Reel

How to Clean and Maintain a Spinning Reel

How to Clean and Maintain a Spinning Reel – You can cast with confidence knowing how to fix a fishing rod. Fish catchers who are experienced will encounter problems with fishing tackle like bent lines, broken rods or snagging lures. Wearned fishing reels are one of the most common problems anglers will encounter.

This is because fishing reels are my best friend and ruining them can make fishing less enjoyable.

Now I understand what you are thinking. It’s possible that you think you don’t have the skills to fix any device. Don’t worry. This is something I knew before I started writing this tutorial. Prepare the materials I will refer to and then follow the steps I will show you. You will be amazed at how easy it is.

Maintaining your spinning reel in good condition is an important part of keeping it running.

Your reel will eventually lose its functionality if it isn’t lubricated and cleaned regularly.

We have all the tricks and tips you need to take care of your spinning reel as efficiently and easily as possible.

There are two types of cleaning and maintenance. One that can be done quickly and is frequent and one that requires more time and is only done occasionally.

Spinning reel Maintenance & Cleaning: Outdoor

Step 1: Organize your Tools

To begin disassembling your reel, gather all the tools and supplies you will need.

There are many parts on a spinning reel, and a lot of them are small and can be lost easily.

You can use a towel or mat to cover the area you are working in.

Stick long pieces of tape with numbers on them that correspond to the order in which you disassembled your reel. You’ll be able to guide you through the process step-by-step.

Step 2: Separate Your Reel

Start with a clean reel. If your reel isn’t clean, you can use the quick routine above to clean it.

To put your reel back together, take your time to look at the pieces and how they can be removed.

A very important step to take before removing the spool is securing your fishing line. You’ll end up with a nightmare of tangled fishing lines.

You have two options: either stick the line to the spool with masking tape or remove the entire thing and keep it somewhere until you are done cleaning.

To pick up smaller parts, you can also use tweezers.

Step 3: Thorough Cleaning

A toothbrush is a great way to clean all parts thoroughly and reach the tougher areas.

Be sure to remove all residue and do not rush.

Step 4: Greasing the Gears

After cleaning the parts, apply a light grease coating to the gears.

Only apply grease to the lower gear teeth.

Grease applied to the gear teeth’ upper sets would likely cause grease to be spread to other parts on your reel.

Step 5: Oil the Bearings

It is the bearings that make it turn smoothly and seamlessly.

Either use a special bearing cleaning solution, or a basic lighter fluid.

Apply your chosen solution to the bearings and scrub them with a brush. Then spin them to check how smooth and clean they are.

Keep brushing as long as they don’t spin.

Once you are done cleaning the bearings, you can add oil to them with a toothpick.

Step 6: Reassemble your reel

It’s time for you to put everything back together after you have cleaned and lubricated it.

You can use the included explosion diagram to mix up the parts.

Spinning reel maintenance & cleaning: Inside

This should be done after each fishing trip to ensure your reel works properly for as long time as possible.

  1. Lock the drag and take your spinning reel off the rod.
  2. Use a soft, moistened cloth to remove dirt and grime.
  3. It can be helpful to wash away dirt and sand by running water over them.
  4. Use a sink, not a hose. High water pressure can push dirt further inside the reel.
  5. Use a piece of dry cloth to dry your reel.
  6. Spray your reel with WD-40, or another similar product, from time to time to remove any water or grit. However, be careful not to get any solvents on your line.
  7. Attach your gear once you are done.

Last Thoughts

Although it may seem tedious, cleaning is essential to keep your reel clean and productive.

A thorough cleaning every year will also prolong the life of your reel.

Finally, nothing is better than a kempt roll.

Lewis Mark is a vastly experienced fly fisher. His encyclopedic knowledge of fly tying has led to start blog on fishing. He also review Fishing equipment based on his knowledge and experience.