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How to Prolong the Life of Your Fishing Reels

By John Strenk
It’s what you can’t see that does a lot of damage. Regular maintenance on your reels is important if you want to extend their life.

This is a customer’s reel that is fished in saltwater. Outside, the reel looked good, the customer does a good job of keeping the outside corrosion free for the most part. This is always a great idea. Regular maintenance, even more so with saltwater reels, is very important to extend the life of the reels and keep the performance where it should be.

When this reel got to me, it was very sticky and near zero performance. The reel was destined for the trashcan, but after a visit to me, it is ready to be put back on a fishing rod and do what it’s supposed to do!

corroded reel by John Strenk. MyOutdoorBuddy.com

LOTS of corrosion going on behind the scenes that you would never see. Slowly, this eats away at the parts inside and robs the reel of its performance. The salt water buildup forms a white powder substance inside. This in turn becomes very abrasive and eats away at the reel parts.

Cleaning reel tips. John Strenk. MyOutdoorBuddy.com

The main gear was corroded/fused to the main post, rendering any sort of drag or gear movement impossible. This was freed up, cleaned, surfaces polished, lubricated, and a new set of drags put in.

Regular maintenance will keep the reels from becoming bad or suffering non reversable damage. John Strenk. MyOutdoorBuddy.com

Regular maintenance will keep the reels from becoming bad or suffering non reversable damage. Keeping ahead of the damage causing agents is the key to prolonging reel life and performance.

John Strenk is the owner of The Reel Tech and specializes in expert fishing reel and fishing rod repair, as well as beautiful hand crafted custom fishing rods. John is an avid outdoorsman; fishing and hunting are his passions. He has experience in long range offshore fishing, tournament fishing, freshwater fishing, and everything in between. His love for the gear we use, and his attention to detail shines through in the work he does. He resides in Medford, OR, in the beautiful Rogue Valley with his lovely wife Jennifer.

Visit John’s website and blog or give him a call at 541-324-0346 if you need reel repair or a new fishing rod.

[Editor's Note: Please share with our readers what you know that will enhance the experience of fishing in Northern California or Southern Oregon. What have you learned? Your expertise, no matter where you fish (fresh or saltwater) or what species you target, could be invaluable to other anglers. What not to do is just as important as what to do. Please send your strategies, ideas, tips, techniques and personal experiences to editor@MyOutdoorBuddy.com. Please include your name and hometown.]


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