Review: CorrosionX Marine Grease, TSI 321 oil and Cal’s drag grease

After two seasons, anti reverse pawls are worn but not failing.Greased screws all came out perfectly.Anti rust bearing a little rusty… …and drags were all in good shape. Anti reverse bearing and the ARBB were a little messy. All in all I would say that the regiment of CorrosionX marine grease, TSI 321 oil on bearings and Cal’s drag grease all performed as expected. These … Continue reading Review: CorrosionX Marine Grease, TSI 321 oil and Cal’s drag grease

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 finest reels, rods and tackle in the area.   We … Continue reading New Partnership

More bearings, more maintenance!

Today’s marvels of modern engineering are producing reels that have up to 12 or more bearings!  Friction is radically reduced and smoothness is enhanced.  But man, you really need to stay on top of the maintenance to keep them optimized.  Some manufacture install Anti-rust bearings.  Don’t be lulled into thinking that they are maintenance free.  Got an Okuma spinning reel in the other day that … Continue reading More bearings, more maintenance!

ReelSpeed bearing pullers v.2

The email came from out of the blue.  It had been so long I had forgotten I was even on the list for the second generation of Reelspeed’s Miniature Bearing Puller kit.   I searched for several months last year for this device only  ever running into one dead end after another.  So this was welcome news!  For those that invested time digging out a … Continue reading ReelSpeed bearing pullers v.2

Shimano Bantam 201SG

     Once the hot reel for pacific northwest steelheaders, the Shimano Bantam 201SG is wonderful, light bait caster, ideal for throwing light weight lures and lead.  201 signifies a left hand version of the iconic fish killer.  I don’t know about you but I have always held the pole with my right hand and reeled with my left.  I guess I got it from … Continue reading Shimano Bantam 201SG

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 very short time.  My rods were under sized for the … Continue reading Abu Garcia Surf Casting Beast

The Penn Jigmaster 501 “Raven” Fishing Reel

The next project will be a tanked Penn 501 with purple frame and spool from Tiburon.  Black side plates form Cortex conversions.  Stainless steel guts from Pro Challenger.  5+1 Stainless steel and carbon matrix drags.  Handle and knob from Accurate.    Going to upgrade to SS gear sleeve from A stock Penn 501 from eBay. We start with a stock Penn 501 from eBay … Continue reading The Penn Jigmaster 501 “Raven” Fishing Reel

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 $125.00 new, I paid  $33.00 on eBay for this one. … Continue reading Abu Garcia 5501 Super Tuned

Shimano Calcutta 251

Shimano Calcutta 251 For years I used these in the drift boat on plug rods for salmon and steelhead.  Now I have moved them to my salmon bank rods and have been so impressed with their performance.  They are my go to King, Silver and Chum reels loaded with 30lb PowerPro these fish don’t have a chance. I was able to increase the drag pressure … Continue reading Shimano Calcutta 251