5 Don’ts You Should Always Avoid When Cleaning Your Fishing Reels

Keep your reels clean, catch more fish.

You will know when the stress of being in the city is starting to get to you when you start staring off into space and think about the great outdoors. You imagine that you have the trees for walls, the grass for your bed, the sky as the ceiling, and the moon and the stars for your night light. So you decide to pack up and go camping and take your fishing gear with you.

Double check everything before you go. Make sure that you bring a tent and a sleeping bag, extra clothes, and a jacket. Don't forget to bring food (if you catch a fish during the trip you can eat that for dinner), because food is life. Anyway, fishing equipment. You have your fishing rod, the reels and extra fishing lines, leaders, fish hooks, floats and weights, as well as your bait and lures. Fishing is a great way to pass the time and it can be a good source of bonding experience. If you are new to fishing, it is best that you clean or do maintenance to your fishing equipment so it doesn't get damaged.

You should also pay particular attention to the fishing reels. The fishing reel is combined with the fishing rod that will allow you to reel in the fishing line whenever you catch a fish or if you want to throw the line again in another direction. If you went fishing in saltwater, make sure to clean them after every trip (even if you have a reel specifically made for saltwater conditions). However, if you went fishing in fresh water, then you can clean it anytime you want. Just remember, your fishing reel is an important part of your rod because this helps you easily catch that fish. When you clean your fishing reel, this will help the durability of your fishing gear.


Don't clean your fishing reel using salt water. Instead, use fresh water since salt water can eventually damage your fishing reel. That is why, when you go saltwater fishing, make an effort to clean your fishing gear immediately after every fishing trip. Never aim a spray nozzle or a hose directly at the reel because this will produce a kind of high pressure that will force sand, dirt, and salt into the drag and gearing systems. This will damage your fishing reel. When you clean the fishing reel, you can clean it by using a light fresh water rinse. Aim the reel downward so that the water that carries the salt, sand, and dirt goes down along the rod and to the ground and not into the drag and gearing systems. When the fishing reel is dry, you can wipe it down with lubricant before you store it.

Using products like gasoline to try and remove grease and dirt from the fishing reel will damage the plastic. Instead, try using biodegradable products and a toothbrush because this will avoid damaging the fiber part and plastic of the fishing reel. Don't leave the drag knob on when you clean the underside of the spool. Instead, undo the drag knob first before you proceed to grease the shaft and put the drag knob and spool into place. However, keep the drag knob loose to avoid putting pressure off the drag washer when it is not being used. Make sure to put sewing machine or high-grade reel oil on the handle knobs, bail arm springs, line rollers and folding handle and then wipe off the remaining oil.

We don't expect everyone to be fishing every day so it is a huge possibility that your fishing gear will be stored and possibly forgotten until your next fishing trip. Maintenance of the fishing reel is still part of cleaning it. Make sure that you continue to lightly grease the gears and bearing periodically. Do not use too much grease because sometimes other people seem to overdo it. Also, try to reassemble the parts correctly since there are many parts. If ever you are not sure what you're doing, if you have questions about your fishing gear, if it was damaged or if you need some cleaning advise you can always go to your local tackle store for assistance.


Adam - Editor @ https://castforfish.com/about/