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    Default Do you grease/oil your reels?

    I just clued in that I have had fishing gear for 40 years and haven't done any maintenance other than change line.
    None of my friends grease or oil their reels either, when I started to ask.
    25 to 40 year old reels are still working just as well as ever.
    Haven't bothered to file hooks either, just replace broken/bent hooks.

    Does anyone do grease/oil maintenance on their reels?
    If so, what frequency and do you feel the benefit from it?
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    Quote Originally Posted by Big Tuna View Post
    I just clued in that I have had fishing gear for 40 years and haven't done any maintenance other than change line.
    None of my friends grease or oil their reels either, when I started to ask.
    25 to 40 year old reels are still working just as well as ever.
    Haven't bothered to file hooks either, just replace broken/bent hooks.

    Does anyone do grease/oil maintenance on their reels?
    If so, what frequency and do you feel the benefit from it?
    I do a minor grease and oil when my reels start to feel less smooth. It makes a difference when they feel grimy. Other than that, I don't notice much.

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    Never I always buy a new one every couple of years and keep them rotating. Same with the ice rods just keep replacing them.

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    My Penns get grease and oil before each season and depending on the amount of use I give them, I'll probably do one oiling just prior to the fall. As for my spinning reels, they don't seem to need the maintenance that the trolling reels do.

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    I usually do it around now, while getting hyped up about walleye opener. Last year I picked up a little file to keep with my pliers. I got into a bit of a habit of touching up hooks. I find it really helped with my topwater hookups.....
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    Every winter I wipe down my reels, re-line the ones that need it and oil/grease moving parts. Does not take long at all.

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    Maybe when I am allowed to enter Cabela's again, I think I will buy some reel grease and oil.
    I You-tubed how to maintain the spinning reels, so interested to try.
    Tonight I will You-tube how to do a Baitcaster.

    Hooks, I will think about if I want to continue to just replace dull/bent hooks with upgraded versions, or to buy a hook sharpener.
    Sharpening hooks sounds like a mid winter, from the couch on the coffee table, project.
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    I've been playing around with my boat inside the garage for the last couple weeks. I've been re organizing where I store all my equipment and trying to get better at using my Helix. I am a little frustrated with it, I'm not very good with any sort of electronics. I just bought the Lake Master Ontario V2 chip so I have to figure out how that works too. What I didn't mind doing was wiping down all my rods and reels. My baitcasters, spinning reels and line counter reels all got a bit of oil. I actually found that part relaxing. It was a 5 beer job.
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