As a fisherman, there is one thing I’ve learned: fishing is a big part of my life. A lot of time goes into this sport, not only with the activity itself but also having to make sure that all the equipment functions correctly. One piece of gear that I intermittently use on most days is my spinning reel. It can be challenging to take good care of these pieces, but they can last many years if done correctly.
I use my spinning reel on pretty much every fishing trip. I’m not sure if it’s the lure, fishing line, or just me, but something about this gear seems to capture fish. This piece of equipment is probably the most used gear that I own. One day you could use it off the coast of California to catch fish like gag grouper or California halibut. And another day could find me reeling in the bass for a high school bass club tournament in Michigan.
Out on the water, I’ve seen many reels owned by friends that are broken or not working correctly due to improper maintenance.
Tips for Maintaining Your Spinning Reels:
Spinning reels come in a vast range of shapes and sizes, with different features. Keeping your spinning reel will mean you can enjoy the revolution for many years instead of just one or two fishing trips! The following is a collection of tips about how to maintain your spinning reel so that it’s tangle-free, non sticky, and working at its best.
- Always clean the spool after each use by soaking it in freshwater for 10 minutes. Then rinse with fresh water and dry thoroughly before storing away.
- Make sure your rust protector has not expired. The rust protector you use should contain a silicone component, which helps it stick to your spinning reel. Without a proper rust protector, spools will ‘dry-rot.’ This will happen within a few months if the reel is left unprotected.
- Make sure your reel’s spool is not too tight on the frame of the machine. If the spool is too fast, it can cause friction, wear out your line and cause your bar to twist. This will make rewinding complex and wear out your line quicker.
- Keep dust away from all open covers on your spinning reel’s spool. Otherwise, they will quickly jam up with dust.
- Spinning reels are often used in saltwater. Saltwater will rust metal parts eventually. If the reel is exposed to saltwater for too long, it can corrode or deteriorate your reel very quickly.
- It’s essential to keep the lube on the spool moist but not too wet. If you drip lube onto the line every time you make a cast, you are overdeveloping your cable – this can damage your line.
- Your spinning reel must not be exposed to scorching temperatures (above 40ºC / 100ºF ) for more than 3 hours without any form of cooling. If this happens, your spool can melt, which could be very dangerous if the reel overheats.
- Make sure you store your spinning reel upside down to prevent any lube/water from dripping into the base of the machine.
- If you are using graphite or fluorocarbon lines, make sure the line is hung tight during casting. Otherwise, it will wobble around and cause friction on the spool, which will wear out your line.
- Putting your spinning reel in a vertical position will help it last longer. That is because liquids and corrosion cannot settle inside the reel.
How Do You Store Your Spinning Reel in the Off-Season?
Rods and reels for spinning fishing gear need to be treated very carefully. And it’s essential to be aware of how they react to different conditions and situations. For the most part, the same principles apply to spinning rods. But there are some specific considerations for spinning reels.
- Rewind your reel before storing it if you think there is a chance of moisture getting inside the reel, causing corrosion. This precaution will ensure that both your reel will start up quickly after being released from storage or storage for a short time.
- Both spinning rods and reels should be treated with care if stored in humid or wet places. If they are subjected to humid environments. The components of both the spool and the line may corrode or rust if exposed to moisture for an extended period. Also, make sure that there are no sharp objects near your reel during storage.
- If you live in humid areas. Make sure you store your spinning gear in a dry place where it is not exposed to spilled liquids. If you want to keep your spinning gear by putting it into your bed frame with sheets on top of it will be just fine.
- You can use Mylar bags as storage for spinning reels. The plastic bags will keep the moisture out of the reel while not allowing any dust to get inside.
You don’t want to store your spinning reel in a humid environment because that will ruin it quickly. One way around this is to dry your spinning reel by putting it in an airtight container and placing it in the sun, near a heater or an electric fan. Or simply by letting it sit by itself so that all the moisture can evaporate.
Spin fishing is a fun, exciting way to fish – but you must keep your reels properly to keep them working well. Spinning reels are not as fragile as you may think – but they can fail quickly if not cared for properly. The above ten steps will help you maintain your spinning reel correctly. Ensuring it works to its best possible standard and looks after your line as well as possible! Spin fishing requires a different technique. You need to be able to use your rod freely, creating tension on the line to imitate the movements of a fish swimming towards you. By using your reel, you can catch more fish in less time, especially if you are waiting for the right spot. You must have some practice before you can become an expert at it.