Mono or braid line spooling

Starting today if you need line put on your reel after service or repair we are ready to help. We invested in a line winder and spool tension device to load braid or mono or both! We have the tools to properly join hollow braid to mono top shots. We use Jerry Brown hollow braid and Momoi Hi-Catch Diamond mono, but we can get whatever … Continue reading Mono or braid line spooling

COVID 19 and reels

Have to say that this year has been like no others. Masks, quarantine, slow mail, business closures, partial openings, more closures. Its exhausting to say the least. Idaho has certainly not had it as bad as most others. Somehow through it all, everyone that fishes seemed to find time to get out or at least determined their reels needed some love. We thank everyone who … Continue reading COVID 19 and reels

Shimano Charter Special Fishing Reel – Upgraded

Graphite framed, stainless steel gear and pinion, huge drag surface, aluminum spool and lever drag, what’s not to like? After servicing a few I have come to like what I see and feel. Lever drags are a different kind of reel than a star drag reel. I can see how this little reel could be a real salmon trolling machine. I would recommend them for … Continue reading Shimano Charter Special Fishing Reel – Upgraded

Review: CorrosionX Marine Grease, TSI 321 oil and Cal’s drag grease

After two seasons, anti reverse pawls are worn but not failing.Greased screws all came out perfectly.Anti rust bearing a little rusty… …and drags were all in good shape. Anti reverse bearing and the ARBB were a little messy. All in all I would say that the regiment of CorrosionX marine grease, TSI 321 oil on bearings and Cal’s drag grease all performed as expected. These … Continue reading Review: CorrosionX Marine Grease, TSI 321 oil and Cal’s drag grease

How-to: Polish Shimano Trinidad Drag Surfaces

Shimano Trinidad reels have huge drag surfaces and drag washers. Once you upgrade and grease new carbon fiber drags its best to invest some time on the areas of the gear that come in contact with the new drag washers. Take a few minutes and polish the surfaces of the gear. The photo’s below show a before and after. Which surface do you think is … Continue reading How-to: Polish Shimano Trinidad Drag Surfaces

Packaging your reel for shipment

We get many reels in different conditions.  From new in the box to 50+ year old treasures from grandpa.  When we package a reel to send back to the owner special care is taken to protect your investment.  First we always use Priority Mail Medium boxes.  They are brand new boxes and nice and rigid.  We wrap each reel in bubble wrap.  We line the … Continue reading Packaging your reel for shipment

Reels today

Always amazes me the engineering that went into these old reels. This Penn 350 is weird by today’s standards. Then turn to a bucket of Shimano Tekota’s Last on the list this weekend is a badly corroded Shimano Torium 30. This has been a project as every step of the way corrosion has ate at nearly every thing. Minimum of $75.00 in parts. Continue reading Reels today

Idaho Fishing

Over the years I had heard that the lakes and streams of Idaho were filled with big fat trout, but I had heard that about many other places as well only to be let down.  Having fished here over the past 6 months I can say, this tale is true! Resevoirs Handsome limit of beautiful fat trout.  Dunking garden worms still produces! Streams Solid 18 … Continue reading Idaho Fishing