New Partnership

Effective today you will be able to drop your reels off and pick them up at Outdoor Emporium in Seattle, 7 days a week!   Invoicing and communication on estimates will be handled through supertunereels.com.

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Outdoor Emporium is the largest independently owned and operated sporting goods store in Seattle with a huge selection of the finest reels, rods and tackle in the area.   We are thrilled with this opportunity to partner with such a fine organization and look forward to adding value to our mutual customers.

We service and repair reels from most of the major manufactures.  So if you have a couple of reels that are in need of professional attention please drop by Outdoor Emporium!

Outdoor Emporium

1701 4th Ave S

Seattle, WA  98134

(206) 624-6550

Since 1975 Sportco & Outdoor Emporium have offered customers the largest selection of outdoor related products at affordable everyday warehouse pricing. We feature over 60,000 different items in hunting, fishing, camping, athletics, hiking, clothing, footwear and security vaults.

Sportco & Outdoor Emporium are warehouse style sporting goods stores that are located in Fife and Seattle, Washington respectively. We have an optional yearly membership program that offers substantial saving throughout the year. We feature annual Outdoor Tent Sales in April and August and you can find us at the Western Washington Sportsman’s show. Our mission here at Sportco & Outdoor Emporium is to offer our customers the largest selection of outdoor related products possible at affordable everyday low warehouse pricing. Our goal is to have customers who are totally satisfied with the quality, price and availability of the products we carry.

Sportco & Outdoor Emporium are a division of Farwest Sports, Inc., a Washington State corporation established in 1965. Farwest Sports also owns and operates Sports Service, the largest wholesaler of outdoor related sporting goods in Washington State.

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Shimano Chronarch 201E7

Low profile casting reel with high speed gears and 7 bearings.  Local reel that has been used hard and dunked in the local glacial streams more than once.

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Outside looks dirty and silty if that is a word.  Worm gear is filled and every crevasse is filled.  Im not optimistic about the inside at this point.

Shimano Chronarch

Shimano Chronarch

As I expected.  This fine silt throughout the reel and a lack of lubrication.  I see no corrosion so at least it all comes apart well.

So out of the 7 bearings in this reel, four need to be replaced.  Both spool bearings, the pinion bearing and the drag sleeve bearing.  The anti-reverse bearing is in good shape and the two handle bearings will be operational.  Customer invested a couple of hundred dollars for this reel and now if need at least $45.00 worth of parts plus labor.  If you dunk your reel, be sure to run fresh water over it for awhile when you get home to help minimize the damage from the silt and water intrusion.  Now lets see how she cleans up after an ultrasonic bath.  I was surprised to see one carbon fiber drag washer and one composite washer.  I will be replacing the composite with carbon fiber, both greased.

 

 

 

What do kids learn from you?

What do the kids learn from you?

Do they learn to drop garbage everywhere because everyone else leaves garbage on the river?

Do they learn that any fish hooked is to be culled, regardless of the rules?

Do they learn the rules and regulations of the sport?

Do they learn to help others enjoy the sport or are they just there to fill a tag?

Do they learn how to properly bleed a fish and to preserve its quality or are they just letting it slowly die on a stringer?

Kids are observant and smart.  They will emulate the behaviors of the adults.  What are they learning from you?

Encourage kids to enjoy the outdoors and fishing outings!  Instill respect for the environment by bringing home more garbage than you brought.  Demonstrate respect for the fish and game laws by releasing foul hooked fish and properly record your catches.  Review the rules pamphlets together.  Show your willingness to promote good fishing habits by helping others in the field and on the river.  Practice good processing practices by dispatching fish properly and preserving their quality.   The more that kids are involved the more they will respect the responsibilities of being an outdoorsman.

 

Shimano 1500LC Trolling Reel

Shimano 1500LC is a great salmon trolling reel.  Direct drive with a line counter.  No longer being made and parts are hard to come by but these old reels are valuable to the salmon angler in the Puget Sound.  Two ball bearings and a simple drag.  Not many parts on these reels.  Bearings need constant attention or you can ruin a good old reel.  This one came in with the head plate spool bearing corroded onto the spool shaft.  It took several hours of heat and cold with penetrating oil to get it off.  Luckily the pinion was not corroded too.  As you can see from the head plate the corrosion is extensive on the plate, put the inside was relatively corrosion free.  New bearing and new carbon fiber drags and she is back in the game!

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Thank you!

This month is the anniversary month for supertunereels.com! Over the past few years we have been fortunate to service and repair many many reels for fisherman in the Puget Sound but also for customers worldwide. From Seattle to Sidney Australia and Texas to Thailand, all our customers are valued and appreciated. Our site was visited by fisherman from over 100 different countries!  We value our strategic partnerships with Outdoor Emporium and Sportco and to our many parts vendors across the globe that really allow us to perform at a high level.  Lastly, to all the fine people of Alantani.com that provided me with the tools, knowledge and friendships that have been nothing but supportive and encouraging.  To all, with all sincerity “Thank you” and may all of us be fortunate to land the fish of a lifetime this coming year and keep those pictures coming!

Tight lines!

Andy Smith

Owner

Supertunereels.com

Salmon season brings reel surprises

At about this time every year, many of us are in the full swing of either chasing salmon in the saltwater or chasing them in the local rivers.  Also at about this time I get a rush of fishermen that have used their gear and found a problem, used their gear and made a problem or those that are in the problem avoidance category.  Some when getting new line on their reels are told that their tool is in rough shape!  No matter what category you are in I will share some advice:

  1.  A rough sounding and feeling reel will seldom correct itself.  A drop of oil on the bearings will help with the noisy casting.  But if you feel roughness in the operation of the reel.  Take it out of the rotation and get it serviced immediately.
  2. A rough feeling reel will not get better the longer you put off servicing the reel.  In fact most get worse and more expensive to repair with the passing of time.
  3. If you dunk the reel in the water be sure to spray it down properly once you get home.  Let dry and store in a cool dry space.  If you are fishing one of the glacial rivers with a high degree of silt, take it out of operation and get it serviced soon.
  4. If you are going to service your one reel, get the schematic online, take it apart carefully and lay your parts in a line the way they came off the reel.  Work over a clean cloth.  Some parts are very small and are easy to miss while working on the reel.  Pay special attention to shims!
  5. If you find that after taking the reel apart, it is not operating properly and you want a professional to assemble, put all the parts into a zip lock bag.  I know that this sounds odd but I have to say it, ALL PARTS MATTER.  Make sure you have everything in the bag or it will require ordering parts.

I wish everyone good luck this year and tight lines!  Don’t let a sticky drag or anti reverse bearing cost you a fish of a lifetime!

 

 

More bearings, more maintenance!

Today’s marvels of modern engineering are producing reels that have up to 12 or more bearings!  Friction is radically reduced and smoothness is enhanced.  But man, you really need to stay on top of the maintenance to keep them optimized.  Some manufacture install Anti-rust bearings.  Don’t be lulled into thinking that they are maintenance free.  Got an Okuma spinning reel in the other day that had 9 bearings.  Two on the spool shaft, two on the line guide, two in the reel knob, pinion bearing etc… most of the bearings are exposed to the elements and need at least some oil once or twice a season.  All those bearings easily hide a failing bearing.  I thought the reel was in good shape and performing fine when I got it.  After cleaning and re-lube, wow much smoother and a huge difference.

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Shimano Stradic CI4 4000F

$229.99 spinning reel from Shimano.  Used for two seasons in the saltwater and no service or maintenance.  What do you end up with?  All bearings toast, pinion corroded to the spool shaft.  Shims destroyed.  On the outside it still looks brand new.  On the inside, it is a total loss.  Take the $229.00 plus tax and flush it down the toilet, and start over.  These reels are wonderfully smooth with a good drag.  They are light weight and fairly durable.

Is investing 14% of the sales price annually into service and maintenance too much?  Let’s do the math…

Year Service Parts Tax Total

1

$20.00

$12.00

$3.20

$35.20

2

$20.00

$12.00

$3.20

$35.20

3

$20.00

$14.00

$3.40

$37.40

4

$20.00

$14.00

$3.40

$37.40

5

$20.00

$16.00

$3.60

$39.60

6

$20.00

$16.00

$3.60

$39.60

7

$20.00

$20.00

$4.00

$44.00

$268.40

So, by my old school math, if you do annual service and maintenance on your reel and get new drag washers every year at the end of 7 years you still have a perfectly good high quality reel that is fully functional.  Or, you can not do the service and maintenance and buy a new one every two years for approximately $251.90 every two years.  Let’s do the math:

Buy a new reel every two years over the same period of time and spend $1,007.60 or buy it once and do the service over the same period of time and invest a total of $520.30.  What would you buy if you had another $487.30 over the next 7 years?  I know I know more reels… I buy quality gear, put I try hard to only buy it once.

Shimano Chronarch 100SF

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Since I spend time outlining the need for preventative care and maintenance on your reels and demonstrating the results, I thought I would write a happy story for a change of pace.  This is one of two Chronarch Super Free reels I got in the other day.  The gentlemen was an active bass fisherman in the southern US and took excellent care of his reels over the years. These reels are 10+ years old.  Aside from a little boat rash they function excellent.  Free spool is excellent but the drags were sticky.  We will set them up for Pacific Northwest freshwater salmon and steelhead fishing.

The owner wants to upgrade the handle and knobs.  He found a carbon fiber handle and some cork knobs.  We will install new carbon fiber drags and lube the reel appropriately.     Incredible free spool and a capable drag will make this a good steelhead and small salmon river reel.  You can cast lead and roe,  a float with a jig , or a spinner or spoon either way this will be a great casting reel.

 

 

Nothing is better…

A gentlemen calls today and asks if I can service a reel meant for his son’s birthday.   A Penn 209 pretty dirty but serviceable.  His son’s birthday is Friday and wants to know if I can get his reel up and running before then.   Nothing is better in my opinion than introducing a new angler to the sport.  A Made in the USA Penn 209 is a good old trolling reel for the Puget Sound for salmon.   A good cleaning and some new drag washers and metals and off it goes for another lifetime of fishing!  Another angler is born!