Fishing Reel Maintenance Tips for Better Performance, Longer Life
By: Keith "Catfish" Sutton
Though most fishing reels are affordable, they still cost money; here's how to extend their life and perform the best
Some of my fishing buddies, like me, have invested a lot of money in the fishing reels they own. With few exceptions, though, these guys rarely treat their reels like the expensive, finely tuned pieces of equipment they are.
It’s not unusual to see their tackle banging around in the back of a pickup going down a dusty road or stored in a boat locker without being washed after a day fishing in saltwater. I often see reels spooled improperly, drags set incorrectly, and precious fishing days ruined because a reel wouldn’t cast right.
It’s really not difficult or time-consuming to give your reels the TLC they need to perform well every time you go fishing. Nor is it difficult to learn basic usage tips like how to properly replace line or adjust the brakes to stop backlashes.
Check out the following basic guidelines you can use whether you prefer chasing farm-pond panfish or saltwater marlins. By practicing these tips, your reels will stay in tip-top shape much longer, and you can be confident your tackle will handle anything a fish dishes out.
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