How Often Should a Fishing Reel Be Oiled?


Bearings need oil pretty often. Surprisingly, spool bearing throw out oil with every cast. Mix in rain, dust, sand or a plunge in the river all are reasons to add a drop or even clean out for the plunge.  Water and sand are the enemy of reels.  If you are using grease in all other non-spool bearings, and sand or water has invaded, it’s time to start over with a full cleaning and lube.  Many of the high end oils are thin. For a good reason!  But they need regular oiling for maximum performance.  Remember spoil bearings need (1), one, uno drop each.

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