Easy Way to Clean and Service Spinning Reels (Quick Maintenance Guide)


Spinning reels remain the most popular type of fishing reel on the market because they provide fishermen like you with a high-quality and accurate fishing experience.

However, if you neglect proper spinning reel maintenance, you will end up with a reel that isn't worth the money you invested.

That's why we're offering this excellent step-by-step guide to maintaining your spinning reel.

Any fisherman can perform these simple steps on their own to protect their reel from damage and to add years to its life.

Make sure to follow these steps at least twice a year: in the early months of spring before you go fishing and at the beginning of winter after you're no longer fishing.

Here are the some steps to spinning reel maintenance

1. deep cleaning a spinning reel

Before opening up your spinning reel, you need to clean the exterior of any dirt or mold buildup that may be affecting its operation. This will help to keep it from moving to the interior of your rod and affecting its health.

Start by finding an empty milk carton to store all of your cleaning items in a while you work on the rod.

Carefully remove the spool by locating the small screws that hold it to the reel. These will vary in location depending on the brand and type of spinning reel.

Place these screws, and any of the washers that go with them, in separate sections of your egg carton.

Locate the spool shaft (the long rod running along the spool) and rub it with a clean Wash rag to remove dirt and stains.

Now grease it with a few drops of reed oil and rub it along the shaft surface. Let the reed oil dry up before moving on to the next step.

After the reed oil has dried, add a few drops on the roller guide. Rub the oil around the surface of the guide and roll it by twisting the handle a few times.

This will distribute the oil along the reel in a complete way. After finishing this spinning reel maintenance step, you can move on to the next.

2. Maintaining Your Drag

Ensuring a smooth drag is a vital part of the spinning reel maintenance process because it will ensure you have no difficulty catching and bringing to fish.

The spool knob should already remove from the previous step, so now locate the hexagonal spring clip near your spool and carefully remove it to gain access to your drag washers.

Remove your washers one at a time and lay them down on a paper towel in an order that will make it easy to remember how to put them back on properly.

Wipe them off with a paper towel to remove dirt and moisture. Lay them on the paper towel while you clean the spool with a cotton swab.

Once you're removed all the dirt from your spool, take each washer and lubricate them with a fishing reel lubricant.

Make sure to check your reel manual first, as some reels won't require you to grease your washers. If they do, lubricate the first one that goes on the reel with a dab of lubricant, spreading it evenly across the surface.

Place the washer back on the reel and lubricate the rest of the washers in the proper order.

Replace the washers as you go, Wash your hands to remove any lubricant or grease, and return the hexagonal nut to the reel to hold everything together.

3. Checking For Problems with the Bail

Next, you need to move on to performing a few basic maintenance procedures on your spinning reel bail.

Start by running a mono-filament line over the surface of the line roller and listen for a grinding noise. If you hear one, your bail needs maintenance immediately.

With the spool head removed, locate the bail and remove any screws holding the cover down.

Store these screws in your egg carton and carefully clean each component of the bail using a washrag. Look carefully for any signs of rusting or corrosion, as these can make your reel useless.

if you like, you can now remove the bail wire and inspect it for frays. Replace it with a new wire if necessary or put the one you removed back on the reel.

Oil the wire and the line roller bearing before finishing up. Keep your reel open a little while longer, as you have one more step to perform.

4. Greasing and Oiling the Moving Parts

Last, but not least, is making sure that you grease and oil all the moving parts in your reel.

This is one of the most important steps in the spinning reel maintenance process as it helps ensure that your reel operates smoothly and doesn't suffer from any damage.

Start by locating the gears on your reel (leaving it open after your last step) and applying grease to the bottom of the teeth.

Do not apply to the top of the teeth, as this will cause a huge mess when you operate your reel. Apply only a few drops across all of the teeth using a small brush.

Now locate the bearings and clean them with lighter fluid to remove grease and dirt buildup. Lubricate them with a medium viscosity modeling oil to make sure they run smoothly. You should only need one dropper bearing for the best effect.

Now tighten the nut on the reel shaft and add a little oil to make sure it isn't excessive tight.

Oil the roller, the reel spool housing, the area where the handle meets the rod, the handle knob shaft, and any screws you see in your reel. Let the grease and oil air dry for a few minutes before re-assembling.

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