Fishing Reel Repair: Top 10 Common Reel Performance Problems

Fishing Reel Repair: Top 10 Common Reel Performance Problems

Even with your most attentive caring and maintenance, sometimes you will need to take your fishing reel to a Fishing reel repair shop to have it fixed by professionals. Since your fishing line is exposed to general uses, water, and air, it will be worn out, damaged or broken sooner or later.

It is crucial if you maintain your fishing reel in good condition as it will last longer this way and you will also be able to fish more effectively and efficiently.

You don’t have to take your fishing reel to the fishing reel repair shop too often. There are a lot of things you can do at home to check and fix your fishing reel.

Here are top 10 most common reel performance problems. They are your type of fishing reel – spinning reel or baitcasting reel. 

Fishing Reel Repair for the Most common problems

The Fishing Line Is Twisted

When we mention about spinning reel, the first possible issue that comes up to my mind is line twist. There are many reasons for this problem. You are not careful enough when you spool your fishing line on the reel. It can happen when you have been using it for a long time as well. And when the lure spins around in the water, it also causes line twists.

The Fishing Line Is Twisted

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Line twist also occurs when spooling new line by hand which can result in uneven and often loose line distribution. Line twist is a common problem for closed-face spinster reels with tangling beneath the cap.

Having twisted line will prevent you from reeling smoothly.

Solution: The solution to this problem is not so hard but quite time-consuming. All you need to do is unwinding the old line out of the spool and apply the new line. You should follow instructions carefully on how to spool a spinning reel if you do it by hand. For more time efficiency and better result, you can use a professional machine to wind the line for you.

Internal Bail Spring/Wire Is Broken

One of the biggest mechanical failures in spinning reels happens with the internal bail springs.
You know your internal bail spring is broken when you cannot spring the bail back to open or close it. This happens after you have been using your fishing reel for a long time or after you accidentally drop it onto the floor.

When you cannot open or close the bail, you need to check for faulty in both of the spring and the wire before proceeding to replace the broken part.

Solution: You can simply replace the broken part with the new one as with new model of the reel, the substitution parts are easy to find and inexpensive to replace. When you have an old version of a bail which you cannot find the exact model on the market, you can ask a Fishing Reel Repair expert for some pieces of advice on choosing a good alternative product.

Braided Fishing Line Is Slippery

Braided fishing line is one of the most common types of fishing line alongside with monofilament fishing line. It is the choice of many anglers because it is very durable and has almost no form of memory, so you don’t have to worry that it will lead to tangled fishing line.

However, since it has no memory, when you first spool the braided fishing line onto the reel, the line will not be able to stick easily to the spool.

Braided Fishing Line Is Slippery

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Solution: The solution for this problem is very simple. When you spool your braided fishing line onto your reel, you can spool some monofilament lines first. Alternatively, you can use an electrical tape to stick the braided line onto the spool to back up the line and help it from falling.

The Line Size Is Not Suitable

The line size that you use for your fishing reel may be too big or too small. The most common mistake is that anglers use a fishing line which is too heavy for the reel. In this case, it will cause tangling and prevent you from casting properly.

Solution: This mistake can be easily avoided if you follow the manufacturer’s recommendation. You can find information about what fishing line you should use on the spool of the reel. If you are not so sure, you can ask the experts in stores for more information.

Some problems we may have with a bait caster reel

Internal And External Parts Are Worn Out

After some certain amount of time, or in case you often go for big heavy weighted fish, all of the internal parts and external parts of the bait-caster fishing reel will surely show the signs of wearing out with scratches and marks.

If you don’t replace them in time, they will hinder the speed of the spin and cost you extra time to reel. Also, you will have less control over the casting. Not to mention that it will shorten the durability of the bait caster reel.

Solution: There are two ways you can do to fix this problem. For the first solution, you can replace all of the broken parts. This is relatively easy, and you can do it yourself. However, if you see yourself having to replace various parts so frequently, it is time you should upgrade all of the internal parts.

Secondly, you can upgrade some essential parts such as the spool bearing and the cogwheel. The professional in-store will be able to help you with this problem by finding the suitable alternative parts and install them into the fishing reel for you.

Your Reel Is Corroded

The problem is more common if you often use your bait caster reel to fish in saltwater. After you go back from a fishing trip, if you don’t clean your reel immediately, the salty condition of your reel will create corrosion and damage all part of it. Even when you don’t use your baitcasting reel, corrosion still happens. Dirt or over humidity level will contribute to corrode the reel further.

Your Reel Is Corroded

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At the end, when your reel is corroded, it will not be able to perform as smoothly as normal.

Solution:  If the corrosion has already damaged your entire reel, you should change to a new reel.

To treat minor corrosion and to prevent it from happening in the future, you can use a small brush to clean the level wind and scrub off all of the remaining dirt. You should do it at least 1 per year.

Also, you need to clean the reel under the running water right after you come back from your fishing trip.

Your Reel Is Over Lubricated

Lubricating your reel is an important task you should do on a regular basis if you want your fishing reel to gear and run as smoothly as possible. This leads to another mistake when many people think that applying a great amount of lubricant will make the fishing reel the smoothest. This is not the truth and over lubricating is nothing better than no lubricating.

Too much lubricant stuck on the bearings will make them clogged and slow down the function of the gearing. In turn, you will need to put a lot of pressure to turn the handle around.

Solution:  First of all, you need to clean the bearings with clean, warm water. You might have to brush off the clogs out. Secondly, you can replace the new bearings. Next time when you lubricate your fishing reel, remember to follow the direction and use the needed amount of oil. Make sure you apply the oil evenly all over the bearings as well.

Your Reel Is Over Lubricated

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Bearings Are Old

This issue is unavoidable as bearings will surely wear out over time as they are plain and simple. When the bearings are all old and worn out, it will not be able to function properly and affect your casting negatively. When replacing bearings, you may want to upgrade to higher performance, longer-lasting style.

Solution: You can choose to buy a newer bearing with higher capacity and longer durability to replace the old one.

You can also try to degrease and scrap all of the dirt out of the bearing if you have just bought the fishing reel recently.

Paw Is Damaged

Over time, like any other part of your fishing reel, the paw will collect a large amount of dirt and be corroded. When there are dirt and rust on the paw, it cannot move smoothly. Even, it may cause the fishing reel to be stripy. In the end, all of the fishing lines will be piled up on only one side of the fishing pool. This affects your ability to cast and reel.

Paw Is Damaged

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Solution: It is quite hard to clean off or fix the paw. You should replace the damaged old paw with a new part. Proper maintaining and cleaning will help to prolong the life of use of the paw.

The Level Wind Is Broken

The level wind is a vital part to help you even the fishing line on both sides of the reel when you spool it. It can gather dirt and grit over time. They also clog the moving parts and prevent you from reeling and spooling. It just like any internal and external parts of the fishing reel.

Solution: The first solution you can think of is cleaning the level wind after you come back from your fishing trip. Finally, you can easily replace the level wind without paying a huge amount of money. We recommend a wipe-down after each use. We also advise to occasionally disassemble the reel completely to clean and lube the worm gear. Thus, it keeps the mechanics of the part functioning properly. You can do this yourself with simple reels, but complex reels may require professional cleaning.

Here are some of the most common problems that you can see in your fishing reel after a long time of use. Some of those issues you can easily fix it yourself while some will need the help from the professionals.

There are also some issues which you can prevent them before they happen. It’s easy, just pay close attention to the guidelines and manufacturers’ instructions. You can clean all the internal parts and external parts of your fishing reel right after you go back from your fishing trip. This is important.

I hope with this Fishing Reel Repair guide; you would be able to check and identify mistakes in your fishing reel frequently. And also, you can fix it soon. Having a fishing reel in good condition all the time will increase the durability of it. Besides, it enhances your fishing performance.