Salmon season brings reel surprises

At about this time every year, many of us are in the full swing of either chasing salmon in the saltwater or chasing them in the local rivers.  Also at about this time I get a rush of fishermen that have used their gear and found a problem, used their gear and made a problem…

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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….

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…

Shimano Chronarch 100SF

Since I spend time outlining the need for preventative care and maintenance on your reels and demonstrating the results, I thought I would write a happy story for a change of pace.  This is one of two Chronarch Super Free reels I got in the other day.  The gentlemen was an active bass fisherman in…

Nothing is better…

A gentlemen calls today and asks if I can service a reel meant for his son’s birthday.   A Penn 209 pretty dirty but serviceable.  His son’s birthday is Friday and wants to know if I can get his reel up and running before then.   Nothing is better in my opinion than introducing a…

Grandpa’s Reels…

I work on many different reels.  However, none are more satisfying than bringing grandpa’s reels back to life.  A gentlemen brought me three reels that had come from his grandfather’s home after he had passed.  Penn 60, Penn Delmar 285 and a Pflueger Akron.  As a child he recalled using them with his grandfather fishing…

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…

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…