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How to clean and maintain rods and reels?

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normally I just use warm water and a sponge to wipe off dort and grime after each use, should I be doing more to clean the rods and reels? Should I grease the reels?

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During fishing season I dunk them in the lake. Just leave them out to dry in the basement got a dehumidifier in there. I never really put them away I like fishing poles for decoration. They are all over the house.

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I wash mine with dish detergent, let dry and put a coat of car wax on them.

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Jason, Just the act of wiping down/cleaning your reels after every session is a Big plus. i think greasing and oiling more than twice a year would be overkill. JMO. Too much grease could have the opposite effect and collect more dirt and grime.

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Also if you chose to grease your reels yourself be extra careful. These newer reels have a lot of small washers and if you put one in the wrong location you can cause the gears to grind or not mesh well. I was part of a high end gear mostly bass fishing forum for years and guys would routinely destroy $100 to $400 reels trying to grease them. I would recommend you have the reel manual on hand and even someone who's done it before help your first time. Every winter I degrease and re grease all of my fishing reels I think that's more than enough as there clean and very little if no wear inside.

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Usually I just wipe mine down with a wet paper towel, and then dry them. Occasionally, if a reel is really dirty, sandy, muddy, etc., I will submerge it in warm water and reel it a few times and loosen and re-tighten the drag, while it's underwater. Then I thoroughly dry it. That's only if there's some sort of grit between parts of the reel.

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Mmm........looks I am the only one who still believes that several years of accumulated method mix builds character in a reel?? :titanic:

Iain

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Mmm........looks I am the only one who still believes that several years of accumulated method mix builds character in a reel?? :titanic:

Iain

i with you on that. I do very little to mine. An end of the year leaning and oiling is it. I like buying new stuff anyway !

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During the winter months I send my reels out to Sea Isle Tackle for complete breakdown, cleaning & replacement of any worn parts.

They do an excellent job & I am confident they will perform well for the next year of fishing.

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I sometimes get lax about reel care, which is one reason I don't spend big bucks on mine. I've been carp fishing for more than 50 years -- before the advent of baitrunner reels, so I learned to adjust my drag -- looser, when waiting for a run, and tighter, when fighting a fish. That lets me get away with using "decent quality", but much less expensive, reels. I do try to clean and oil them from time to time, but if I forget and ruin one, it doesn't cost me a fortune to replace it.

OH -- and I try to make a point of at least wiping off the pack bait at the end of a session. :P

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