Salmon season is winding down and the winter run steelhead are starting to show up in the local streams in the Pacific Northwest. Chances are that you used your gear a bunch during the salmon season. With the use comes the need for cleaning and re-lubing to bring the reel back to its best. After all, do you really want to miss the steelhead of your dreams to a sticky drag?
Here are the minimum steps to follow to ensure the most important part of your fishing gear is working flawlessly:
- Oil spool bearings
- Oil Worm Gear
- Pull line off the reel when the drag is 1/2 and 3/4 strength, does it start smoothly? Is there any hesitation? If so, cleaning the drag washers are required. After cleaning re-lube them with grease.
- Oil or grease handle knobs
- Clean and lightly oil the spool braking ring
- Clean and lightly oil brakes
- Spray some dispersant on a clean rage and clean the exterior of the reel and reel foot to help protect from future water and foreign contaminates.