Greasing Carbontex Drags

Upgrading your standard factory drag washers with Carbontex is a simple upgrade that delivers superior results.  The benefits are more drag pressure and smoother drag performance.   Old drags start with a jerk and get sticky throughout the whole range of pressure.  This can lead to lost fish and broken lines and dreams. Carbontex drags…

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Removing E-clips in Fishing Reels

One of the frustration parts of working on reels are those damn e-clips that hold down the reel handles and drive gears for the worm gear.  One false step and they are lost in space.  I generally order extras for this reason.  However, at $1.09 each, it starts to add up! A solution is to…

Abu Garcia 5000 Rehab

The owner’s story was one that I hear frequently.  “This was my very first reel I bought back in 19xx!”  Thank goodness that the old reels handle abuse a little better than the new reels. Once I got it broke down some observations.  Here is a 30+ year old reel that had never been serviced….

Want More Stopping Power From Your Fishing Reel?

Super tuning your bait casters drag system is easy and improves the performance considerably.  Carbon matrix drags from smoothdrags.com for your model reel.  Order up some lapped metal drag washers too.  Next you will want to polish the brass gears and drag washers with some Simichrome polish paste.  First clean it with simple green to…

Tools for Servicing Fishing Reels

I call this my sanity mat.  As you take apart your reel, snapping  photo’s with your smart phone, lay the parts out in order that they were removed from the reel.  Clean and inspect by the numbers only, one piece at a time.  Tools are pretty simple: Tools for maintenance and super tuning.  Only thing…