Gone Fishing Reel Maintenance

Gone Fishing Reel Maintenance


Hey guys, I’m Tim Langston with Red Dog Bushcraft.
To continue on with the project of let’s get ready to go fishing. We cleaned the rod the
other day and I thought that today we would cover just how I clean my reels. It’s pretty
simple but I found a way that I think is pretty effective. I got a couple of good tips for
you so join me as we start this process. Now the first thing you need to do is to find
you a place that your rod, down at the grip – down at the handle, will fit so that it
will hold securely so you don’t have to manage and hold that rod. The first thing we need
to do is get this line off this spool. We are going to detach that line keeper here
so that it can free spool off and keep it away from the bale. Once my rod is secured
I’m going to run that up through the very first eyelet. You only need to use the first
eyelet here. Then we are going to use the workout method, the arm workout method, to
strip all the line off of this reel. I will re-position the camera back a bit further
so you can see exactly how I do that. Okay so now I’m just going to reach up and grab
the line hand over hand, holding all of the line with one hand and I pull it off with
the other. Now, this does a couple of things. Number 1 it’s the fastest way I’ve found to
pull your line off by hand. You want to do this by hand. You don’t want to do this out
on the lake. You don’t want to take a chance of losing this line. You want to dispose of
this stuff properly. It’s terrible on the fish, and game and wildlife to leave this
stuff laying around. But you just continue like this until you got a good size handful
of it and then you can dispose of it nice and easy. It doesn’t get tangled up anywhere.
Let me get the rest of this off and I will be right back. Once all of our line is off
of our spool, we can remove the spool and then whatever the manufacturer calls for your
reel. You can go ahead and lube that. Mine calls for just a little bit of grease. So
we’re going to put just a touch high quality grease on this shaft. No oil required on this
one. Then we’ll place this back on and lock it in. The other thing we want to do is if
this reel was really dirty, I like to wash mine with Dawn dish soap. I think it does
a real good job of cleaning things up. I doesn’t leave a lot of residue and it washes off nicely.
Now with the handle removed, I can use a reel lubricant. We want to put just a drop where
that sits on this side and on the other side where that baring race is in there. And I
always put just a drop on the shaft itself . That’s not really for anything except just
helping protect that and keep it from corroding up. Then, I can reassemble that, slide the
handle in on one side, put the retaining nut…Well dropped that…Make sure all of that is cleaned
up. No dirt in there. Replace the retaining nut. Now to clean the rest of the reel there’s
a lot of things you can do but the best product I have found is and what I have been using
for years is plain old WD-40. I know there’s all kinds of its a light lubricant and it
doesn’t do this or doesn’t do that but you’re actually doing several things. Now I just
put it all over that reel. I don’t worry about putting too much, I just squirt it on there
real good, make sure that I’ve got everything coated but then come back and I wipe it all
off. I try to get every piece of that oil off and what I leave will dry pretty quickly
and will not affect any of your lines and so forth. I haven’t had any issues at all.
Hold that reel get it down in all the nooks and crannies and all that dirt and dust. Just
brighten and clean up the reel. Brighten it up. You know just wipe it down, clean it.
Sometimes just a little bit of lubricant on these things and keeping it clean affects
the performance and keeps them serving you well for a long time. After this is all wiped
down, allow it to sit and dry and she’s ready to put some fresh line on. After the reel
has completely dried, and all of that oil has been wiped off, its time to put some fresh
line on. I’ve got a piece of orange paracord here so I can show you the way I attach my
line to the reel. First of all we need to thread the line through the eyelet of the
rod. Then, I do a Canadian Jam knot. I tie an overhand knot in the end of my fishing
line, then I place the line around the spool, making sure that my bale is open. Then I tie
an overhand knot overtop of the main line. Pull that down and snug that down on the reel
and that end knot will slide down and bind against that reel. As we flip our bale over
again we can go ahead and spool out line onto our reel. That’s the way that we get it anchored
to the reel itself. Now let”s talking about actually putting the line back on the reel.
I have attached my line to my reel in the exact same method as mentioned before with
the paracord and i have only run my line through the first eyelet. There’s no reason to string
up the entire rod at this time. Select a good quality line. I like to use this Berkeley
Big Game or Trilene XL on my spinning rods. They seem to hold up very well. To choose
the size of line, the reel usually has it stamped on the bale or on the reel itself
of a line size option. This one is 8, 10 or 12 pound. Since this is going to be for larger
fresh water or smaller salt water, I chose to go right in the center so I have chosen
10 pound Berkeley Big Game. So holding tension all the way up here at the rod guide and laying
my spool on a flat surface in front of me, just a couple of feet from the eyelet with
the label up so that the line is coming off that spool in the same direction that it’s
coming onto my reel spool, I can then, holding slight tension with my thumb and finger, I
can start winding that line up. If I start to see it bind up and get a lot of those little
twists in it, I can take that and flip it upside down and work those back out. Now of
course, one of the things I like to do after I put line on a reel, if I’m on a motor boat
the first time I’m out, I’ll feed line out and let it just drift behind the boat and
then reel it back in holding tension on the line and once that line is stretched out and
its wet and you reel it back in you can really get it flat. But it doesn’t take you long
at all like this. You don’t have to have special devices to hold your spool. It goes on quickly.
You want to fill this spool until it’s about 1/16th of an inch from this lip. You’ll know
when it’s too full. I mean you can put a little bit extra on there if you want to and then
once you’ve got your line cut and all just open that bale and see how much line starts
flaking off of the front of that reel and if an excessive amount, just cut that off.
Then you can use that for some leaders or other things. But here’s about how full I
put that line. That is about an eighth of an inch from the top. When I open that 3 or
4 curls come off and that’s it. So I have the appropriate amount of line on there. Okay
so we’ve got our reel all cleaned, lubricated, and spooled up with fresh line. Now this reel
has a line keep here on the spool itself that allows me to keep the line nice and neat and
tight on the spool. If your reel does not have that you can use just a small postage
stamp size of electrical tape and place that on the reel and that will help keep that in
place. I don’t like pulling my line up through my eyelets and putting a hook on it and attaching
it back. Every time you make a bend that just a place you can weaken that line out and in
the sun also affects that. I like to keep my rods and reels in the shade or covered
up with a bag whenever I am transporting them or whenever they are out of the garage. It
just helps protect that line from that UV light and make your line last a lot longer.
Okay guys just a quick, another getting ready tip. It’s going to be time to go here real
soon and I’m really looking forward to it. Until next time, I’m Tim Langston with Red
Dog Bushcraft. Home of Global Safety and Survival. God Bless.

3 thoughts on “Gone Fishing Reel Maintenance

  1. Thanks, I'm learning a lot. I never learned much about fishing. I blame my friends for that.
    They would invite me fishing and start teaching me how to do it. But most of the time we wouldn't catch anything right away, so I would get impatient, whip out my handgun and start shooting into the water. They seemed to get really upset about that and, after a while, they quit inviting me.
    So, really, it's their fault.

  2. Good video ! only other thing i like to do is put a drop of oil in the grip part of the handle too.. Of course the WD 40 probably takes care of that .. 'Tight lines to ya ' ~Chuck~

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