Those who love fishing know how dirty their reels can get after a day out; soil, sand, bait residues, salt and water can cause serious damage to your equipment if it’s not cleaned and maintained. Thorough maintenance is essential – both routine upkeep after your fishing trip and an extra deep clean at the end of the season. So, how do you clean and maintain your fishing reel?
Firstly, it’s important to understand that there is a difference between the causes of wear and tear in reels used for freshwater fishing and those used for saltwater fishing. Saltwater fishing reels are likely to experience more wear and tear than freshwater reels due to saline residues so they will need to be maintained and cleaned with more care. Another difference is the quality of the reel – if your reel is very sophisticated and complex, then you must consider this before disassembling it.