It depends on how much you fish and what conditions you are fishing in, but a general rule of thumb for saltwater fisherman is: wash your fishing rod off with freshwater (garden hose), especially the guides. When it drys you can then spray the guides with WD40. Every few months take a Q-tip or cotton ball and run it around the inside of your guide to check for chips, nicks or scrapes. If there is one, the cotton will get caught on the chip, nick or scrape. Obviously that guide would have to be replaced.
Now for the reel: First tighten down the drag all the way, then spray a very lite mist (mist - do not spray it hard) with the garden hose. Let it dry. Then, loosen the drag all the way until it is completely loose. You can then spray the reel with a product called Reel Magic or Corrosion Block. Sold at all the big tackle shops.
The Blakemore Real Magic is a "clean" protectant that lubricates your line for longer casts. The formula reduces line-memory for fewer line related problems. It also contains a UV inhibitor to protect your line and gear from ounce one and the sun's rays. Real Magic also reduces icing on your guides and line. No odor when dry. Non-sticky and non-staining. You Can Buy it here
Here are some NO NO'S:
- Never spray the reel hard with any kind of water force
- Never spray the reel with WD40. It will remove the freshwater and leave the salt in and on the reel. Also, chemicals in WD40 will eat the reel grease and lube inside the reel
- Never put any grease/lube or oil in places you're unsure about inside the reel, especially around your anti-reverse bearing
If you use your reel a lot take it to a service center once a year and have it cleaned and lubed.
We also have a great reel cleaning video courtesy of Captain Steve Betz, check it out!
If you have any further questions on reel cleaning or repair call Dave's Parts and service at: 727-942-8944
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