The Shimano Curado

I have fished these little dreams for many  years for Pink salmon and summer run steelhead in freshwater.  They cast like a dream and have pretty good drags.  One of them was rather abused over the years and it definitely took more than one fall.  But to my pleasure, it still runs like it was brand…

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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…

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….

Schematics for Fishing Reels

If you plan on tearing down a reel, go get the schematic for your reel first. All are available on-line either from the manufacture or from parts companies such as Southwesternparts.com.  Another great site is Mikesreelrepair.com.  Both offer a wide selection of parts. Manufactures sites: Shimano Reels ABU Garcia Reels Daiwa Reels Penn Reels Akios…

Fishing Reel Tools

My tool box for working on fishing reels.  Wiha,  out of Germany makes some great screw drivers for all the sizes we use.  I use the 260 3.5 x 60 slotted for end plate screws, 261/PHO x 50 and x 60 for the same and the 260/1.5x 40 for those pesky retaining clips.  I use…

Polishing Fishing Reel Gears and Pinion

Rotary tool, polishing compound, rags, Q-tips, more rags, medium and soft bristle brushes for rotary tool, simple green for clean up, Main gear for the ABU 5501 and Pinion gear for same.  Clean all parts of grease and oil.  Dry well.  Secure hair bit in rotary tool medium.  Coat main gear with polishing compound, light…

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…