Winning The War Against Fishing Reel Corrosion

Just spent the morning servicing the following reels: Abu 6501 C3 Abu 3600 C Abu 5000 Abut 5501 C3 All four had been sitting for sometime and had not been properly maintained.  The common thread between all of them was the lack of lubrication.  Worm gears dry, bearings rusted, frame screws locked and corroded, handles…

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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 Greases

Drag grease, Gear grease, bearing grease, good god grease, waterproof grease, Carbontex drag grease, Yamalube, Cal’s grease, cold climate, warm climate, Shimano greases, Daiwa greases, Quantum Hot Sauce grease, Abu Grease, Penn Grease, how many and what goes where and when?  Each has different traits, different uses and different viscosities, heat resistance  and corrosion resistance….

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…

Fishing Reel Parts Websites

I am publishing a list of websites that I have personally used with great satisfaction.  There are many that I have not tried, given I don’t stray far from a good thing when found.  Parts sites:  Southwestern Parts, Dallas Texas Extensive parts lists for most of the most popular reels from the major manufactures, fast…

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…

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…