Best Maintain Your Fishing Reel

How To Best Maintain Your Fishing Reel

There is so much equipment that you will end up needing when you go fishing. You will find that it is a bit of a hefty investment when you first decide to start fishing. You will have to invest in a quality fishing rod before everything else, and this will already cost you a pretty penny when compared to other gear.

Other things that you will need to first fill out your tackle box is bait or lures, depending on the type of fishing that you intend to do. Sometimes, you may end up needing lures and bait, but keep in mind that some types of bait can go bad relatively quickly, so be sure to use your bait up quickly.

You will also need the proper clothes, of course. You will have a difficult time fishing in clothes that are not made to handle the water. Boots will also be quite necessary unless you like walking around in shoes and boots that are always wet, which can result in discomfort and even sickness.

There is no doubt that all of your fishing supplies will cost a decent bit of money. If you let your equipment fall into disrepair, you will have to buy replacements. It is for this reason that you have to make sure that you take good care of your tackle and ensure that it is properly maintained and cleaned after every fishing trip.

Your fishing reel is by far the most complicated part of your fishing rod, and some would even say that it's the most intricate part of your tackle. Fishing reel parts can get rather complicated, so it is important to ensure that you take good care of your reel, so it doesn't end up getting damaged.

If your reel gets ruined due to poor maintenance, you will find yourself paying too much money for new supplies that could have worked perfectly with a bit of cursory maintenance. It doesn't take too long to ensure that your fishing reel is in good condition after you get done with your fishing trip.

Keep in mind that waiting to maintain your fishing reel can end up permanently damaging it. Do not expect to go extended periods of time of time between maintenance and expect everything to go well the next time you clean your fishing reel. We will now move on to some of the best ways to ensure that your reel is cleaned and maintained properly.

Acquire The Needed Tools And Cleaning Supplies For Maintenance

Before you decide to get started on your journey of reel maintenance and cleaning, you should get the tools you need to do so. You will only need two screwdrivers to open up most fishing reels, one flat head and one with a Phillips head so you can access the internals of your reel.

To clean out your reel, you will also need rubbing alcohol and cotton swabs to ensure that the interior is free of any dirty grease or other contaminants that can diminish the performance of your reel. A rag and a toothbrush will also come in handy for some of the areas which are harder to clean.

Some reels may also need a wrench that came with them for specific parts, if you have this, keep it with the rest of your tools as you will likely be unable to open it otherwise. If you have the schematics or the list of parts that came with your reel, keep that handy, so reassembly becomes easier when you are done.

How To Clean A Spinning Reel

The first step to cleaning your spinning reel is to clean off the exterior, as there is no point in cleaning out the interior before you do so. You can either use water with soap or the rubbing alcohol that you got for the cleaning process to clear the exterior of dirt, dust, and anything else that has accumulated on the surface.

Once the exterior has been properly cleaned, you can start to disassemble your fishing reel. Ensure that you put every part that you pull apart on a mat or in a container of some sort, so you can be sure that you will not end up losing a smaller part.

If you don’t have your schematics or parts list, you will want to ensure that you keep track of each part that you take out of your reel, so you don’t end up reassembling it incorrectly. It also helps to write down and memorize where each part goes and order of the parts that you take out.


As you take apart your fishing reel, keep an eye out for any deposits of dirt and grease, or any part of the reel that may have been exposed to salt water. You will want to ensure that you thoroughly clean these areas with your rubbing alcohol to make sure that your reel will not end up corroding over time.

You will also have to check the bail mechanism of your fishing reel to ensure that there is nothing stuck inside of it which may end up jamming. You will also want to take out the spool so you can clean more it more thoroughly. The toothbrush is the tool which you are supposed to use to clean out the spool.

How To Lubricate Fishing Reel

We are now going to look at how to oil a fishing reel, which is quite similar to how you clean a fishing reel. You will still have to take your reel apart piece by piece and keep track of your parts, so you remember how to put it back together easily.

Lubricating your fishing reel is highly important for many reasons. You will find that a lubricated fishing reel will operate much more smoothly than one which has been neglected. This means that your toss will be much farther with a reel which is lubricated as you will have to deal with measurably less friction than you would otherwise.

A fishing reel which has not been lubricated will also be much more susceptible to damage as parts will be grinding against each other. This is the reason that metal components will rarely if ever, touch in a fishing reel. If metal parts scrape against each other, your reel will be heavily damaged.

This is the reason that you must take care while you are disassembling your fishing reel so you can lubricate it. You may wish to use tweezers or something similar to ensure that you do not accidentally scrape the parts against each other, as parts of your fishing reel will be rather small.

How to Lubricate Fishing Reel

A good trick to remembering how to do so is always to hold the reel in one hand and take it apart with the other hand, this way you will always know the proper orientation of the parts. You will want to ensure that you get a sufficient amount of oil in the internal components while you are taking apart your reel.

Since both processes involve taking your reel apart, you will often see it recommended that you clean off your reel and lubricate it at the same time, which is smart advice. This is certain to save you a good deal of time, but you need to make sure that you do not accidentally clean off the oil as you move on to the next piece.

It is for this reason that you should usually clean off your fishing reel first and instead leave it disassembled at the end so you can still oil it. You should oil most of the parts of your fishing reel so you can ensure that it remains smooth and undamaged when you use it, including the interior bits.

For example, after you clean out the spool, you should cover the interior with a layer of oil or similar reel lubricant. Be sure to apply your oil to the bail and line roller as well.

Safety Advice

Be sure to closely read the label of your fishing reel oil before you use it. A lot of reel oil types can be dangerous if your eyes are exposed to them or if they are ingested. If you want to avoid a potential trip to the hospital, take good care while you are using your reel oil.

After you finish using your reel oil, ensure that you thoroughly wash your hands off to make sure that you do not end up accidentally rubbing your eyes or eating something afterward. Even if it is not on purpose, you may accidentally end up exposing yourself to the chemicals which are present in your oil.


Now that you know how to take care of your fishing reel, you will find that the lifespan of your fishing equipment will be significantly increased. If you have any questions or anything to say about this article, feel free to leave a comment down below

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