How-to: Shimano Bantam 1500 LC Corroded Bearing to Spool Shaft

Shimano Bantam 1500 LC is a popular reel in the Puget Sound for salmon fishing.  The problem is that they are not longer made and parts are scarce.  I love working on them as they are pretty simple in design and function.  However, when the spool bearing is corroded to the spindle and you can’t even get the reel open to work on it…grrr! Several … Continue reading How-to: Shimano Bantam 1500 LC Corroded Bearing to Spool Shaft

How-to: Shimano Tekota Reel Preventative Maintenance

We are fortunate to see many of these reels through the shop.  Most are used for trolling for salmon in the Pacific Northwest in the saltwater.  The the 600 series seems to be the right line capacity for the fishing application.  Some are line counters some are not.  These are great reels for this application as they have strong smooth drags, level wind mechanisms that … Continue reading How-to: Shimano Tekota Reel Preventative Maintenance

Thank you!

To all our customers, family who support us and friends that encourage us, thank you!  2017 was truly a great year for us here at supertunereels.com.  We want to wish everyone a happy and safe holiday season!  Good luck in 2018 finding that fish of a lifetime! Continue reading Thank you!

Shimano Chronarch 201E7

Low profile casting reel with high speed gears and 7 bearings.  Local reel that has been used hard and dunked in the local glacial streams more than once. Outside looks dirty and silty if that is a word.  Worm gear is filled and every crevasse is filled.  Im not optimistic about the inside at this point. As I expected.  This fine silt throughout the reel … Continue reading Shimano Chronarch 201E7

Shimano 1500LC Trolling Reel

Shimano 1500LC is a great salmon trolling reel.  Direct drive with a line counter.  No longer being made and parts are hard to come by but these old reels are valuable to the salmon angler in the Puget Sound.  Two ball bearings and a simple drag.  Not many parts on these reels.  Bearings need constant attention or you can ruin a good old reel.  This … Continue reading Shimano 1500LC Trolling Reel

Shimano Stradic CI4 4000F

$229.99 spinning reel from Shimano.  Used for two seasons in the saltwater and no service or maintenance.  What do you end up with?  All bearings toast, pinion corroded to the spool shaft.  Shims destroyed.  On the outside it still looks brand new.  On the inside, it is a total loss.  Take the $229.00 plus tax and flush it down the toilet, and start over.  These … Continue reading Shimano Stradic CI4 4000F

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 cast.  The Chronarch 100SF is a step up for strength … Continue reading Shimano C Word

Shimano Calais – Technology meets function

Got a beautiful reel into the shop the other day for service.  This is not your fathers Oldsmobile.  The Shimano Calais is a work of modern technology art in reel form.  Gone are the Abu block brakes, no magnets for spool control…Star wars force fields instead. Multiple bearings and very tight tolerances makes this reel butter smooth.  After several seasons on the water chasing steelhead … Continue reading Shimano Calais – Technology meets function

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 in service, repair, upgrades and custom reel building.  We are … Continue reading Fishing Reel Service and Repair