The problem children…

Every so often you come across a seemingly innocent looking reel that appears from the outside to be in perfect condition.  A quick turn of the handle does not reveal any potential problems.  Adjusting the drag and turning the handle usually produces a stick drag which is normal for most reels that have never been…

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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…

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…