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 Outdoor Emporium is the largest independently owned and operated sporting goods store in Seattle with a huge selection of the […]

Fishing Reel Service and Repair

Whether you are preparing for salmon, steelhead, bass or saltwater trophies we are your one stop shop for fishing reel service and repair in the Pacific Northwest.  Located on Mercer Island, one block off off of I90 we are your local,  fast turn around solution to fishing reel repair, annual service and upgrades.  We specialize […]

Keep it clean…and green!

Hopefully,  we all have a routine for annual reel service.  For some, it means complete tear down, inspection, ordering parts, oil and lube, drag washers and assembly.  For others, it might be less.  Obviously how the reel is used and how much of that time was in saltwater,  determines the optimal service intervals. Basic after […]

Surf Blasters

While I was in Florida I became interested in fishing the miles of ocean beaches around Daytona, New Smyrna and Ponce Inlet.  It was a new type of fishing for this farm boy fishing small streams and rivers flowing up.  The concept of cast and wait was new to me.  The concept of casting 4 […]

Abu Garcia Surf Casting Beast

When we were living in Florida I became interested in surf casting on the beaches of Daytona, New Smyrna and Cape Canaveral.  I was not prepared for surf casting having moved from the Pacific NW for the type of gear required for enjoying the surf and jetty.  The salt water destroyed my Shimano Calcutta in […]

Fishing Reel Toolbox

Seems like every time I crack open a new reel the need for another tool arises.  What started as a simple few screw drivers and wrench has blossomed into a full blown fishing reel tool box! Lately, I have been making custom Penn reels and they need a little tweek here and there.  They also […]

Abu Garcia 5501 Super Tuned

At first glance this appears to be a stock ABU Garcia 5501 C3.  However, looks can be deceiving.  We have all seen the  plain old car that has a 454 under the hood!  I start with a straight stock eBay Abu 5501.  Very capable little reel that is very popular.   At a list price at […]

Fishing Reel Jewelry

The line between benefit and cosmetic is blurred with all the options available to the fishing reel enthusiast.  Handles, knobs, star drags, spool tension caps, locking nuts… the list seems endless!  Nearly everything can be customized on your fishing reel.  Here is a list of custom parts providers: Tsunekichi Engine I’Z Factory Hedgehog Factory ZPI […]

PhD in Fishing Reel Bearings

Bearings 101 Tackletour published a great article on fishing reel bearings.  The condensed version below: ABEC rated bearings of 5-9 are great for spool bearing upgrades if they are certified. Spool bearings get oil only. Performance increases are most notable when casting lighter weights. Ceramic bearings are corrosion resistant but still require regular servicing and […]