Bought my first in 95′, then several more over the next year. Shimano Curado CU201 are light, cast light weight with easy and enough drag with an upgrade to stop steelhead. Wonderful reels to fish.
Good level wind reels with stainless steel where it counts. Flush the bearings, some carbon fiber drags greased with Cal’s and they are back fishing!
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 […]
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 […]
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 […]
Next up is the Penn 111 2/0 fishing reel. Single dog, steel gear and pinion, metal three piece spool, three stack drag, and low and slow gears 2.25:1. Seems like it would make a great live bait reel. Upgrades needed for this reel are as follows: SS gear sleeve (98-60A) Carbon drags washers set (smoothdrag.com) […]
Pro Challenger Heat Treated Main Gear with Octagon Drag 113HX 4:1 Pro Challenger SS Gear Sleeve Pro Challenger Eva Knob/Alantani.com 6/0 knob Motive Fab two position SS off set handle and SS star Cortez Conversions Side Plates Randy Pauly Tiburon T4N Frame and Spool
What seems to be the problem with the reel? “Running a little rough.” Now it could be many things and different things on different reels. This one was fairly easy to determine. Sand and fishing reels are never good partners. This was ultra fine sand like from a glacial river system. Gear and pinion covered. […]
I have a friend that received this reel from his father when he was 18 years old. It was used to bottom fish in the Pacific Northwest. For its age and use it was in remarkable condition. Strip down and cleaned, new greased carbon drags, new reel foot, greased and oiled! Good steel gear […]