Basic Guide to Cleaning Your Reel

By: Mike   On: 1 January 2018 

I often get asked how I clean my gear when I am finished a day’s fishing. I have a simple process I have used for the last 20 years and have had good life out of my reels and rods.

I often get asked how I clean my gear when I am finished a day’s fishing. I have a simple process I have used for the last 20 years and have had good life out of my reels and rods.

  1. Tightening up any drags, this helps prevent any water getting in the drag system and affecting the performance of the drags. 
  2. Mix a small amount of dish washing liquid in warm water and grab a soft scrubbing brush. Scrub the scales, bait and any other undesirables from the rod and reel. The warm water helps to dissolve any salt left on the reels and the dish wash liquid help remove the bait and scales easily. 
  3. Use a spray mist on the hose to rise off the soap, avoid high pressure on your reels as the high pressure can force water into the reel and affect the performance of the grease inside.
  4. Leave to dry
  5. Spray a lubricant such as Tackle Guard, or Inox lightly, a light spray will help to dispures any unwanted moisture lingering on the reel or spray it onto a cloth and wipe the reel down. Use the spray on the rod guides as well, a light coating around the base of the guides where the guide feet meet the rod will help prevent discolouration caused by water sitting under the epoxy layer.
  6. Loosen off you drag when storing you reels, by leaving your reels drag backed right off when you store it you will reduce the chance patchiness and inconsistency in your drag.  

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