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:
- 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.
- 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.
- 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.
- 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!
- 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!