Shimano C Word

Curado, Calcutta’s and Chronarch’s this weekend.  Turning out to be a Shimano weekend.  All reels are in pretty good condition considering their age and usage. The Calcutta TE 400 is a great reel.  Anti reverse dog and one way bearing!  Large drag surfaces.  The old Curado is from 1998, and still a true joy to […]

Hmmm Penn Oyster Reel?

Obviously this reel has a story.  But he got it to me before too much damage was caused from the saltwater and sand.  Surprisingly it functioned fine except for a the eccentric lever hanging up. 5 minutes in the ultrasonic cleaner and I can see the actual reel again. Looks like the only casualty is […]

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 […]

Running a little rough…

What seems to be the problem with the reel?  “Running a little rough.”  Now it could be many things and different things on different reels.  This one was fairly easy to determine. Sand and fishing reels are never good partners.  This was ultra fine sand like from a glacial river system.  Gear and pinion covered. […]

Shimano Tekota Fishing Reels

Cleaned up several Shimano Tekota fishing reels over the past few months. All of them used primarily in saltwater for salmon trolling. 400-800 all have strong smooth drags, solid frames, off set handle and nice knob. From the looks of these they resist corrosion well given basic post fishing maintenance.  After breaking them down it […]

Penn 49 Fishing Reel

I have a friend that received this reel from his father when he was 18 years old.  It was used to bottom fish in the Pacific Northwest.  For its age and use it was in remarkable condition.  Strip down and cleaned, new greased carbon drags, new reel foot, greased and oiled!   Good steel gear […]