How to take Proper Care of your Spinning Reel

Taking proper care of your spinning reel can make a big difference in how well your reel works and how long it lasts. Fishing is not the cleanest sport in the world, your spinning reel will collect sand/dirt/dust in all the nooks and crannies. This is why they need a periodic cleaning. You also need to keep your moving reel parts lubed well so that your reel works smoothly.

When I don’t clean  and lube my spinning reel for a while the performance of the reel goes way down. The bail doesn’t open and close properly. The drag is hard to set and is not smooth. There is more resistance when cranking the reel handle. The moving parts have more friction and make a gritty noise. Overall, the reel just doesn’t work as smoothly. All of these problems are due to the reel being dirty and not enough lube.

I found a great in-depth guide to cleaning your spinning reels at Yes, I know, the guide is about cleaning saltwater spinning reels but the tips and techniques are great for cleaning your freshwater reels also. Check it out.

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  1. MNAngler

    Great tip! I have to admit, I don’t clean my reels as often as I should. That’s a great article that I’m going to have to keep a hold of.

  2. anglerwise

    Looks like I’m the same as you… I know I should clean my reels more often…

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