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December 12, 2008

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Merwin: Keep Them Rolling

If you're putting tackle away for the winter, a few minutes  spent now in taking care of your spinning reels will save you major  headaches later. I don't mean a full maintenance and cleaning job-- although that's a good thing--just cleaning under the line roller on  the bail and making sure that line roller rotates easily.          

Line twist is endemic to spinning reels. There's just no way  to avoid it because of the way such reels work. But a line roller that  doesn't roll makes things worse. If the line roller isn't moving, the  friction created on the line forces more line twist toward the front  of the line where it's most apt to tangle when you cast or start to  retrieve.          

Some line rollers have one or two ball bearings inside. On  cheaper reels, there will be a simple bushing instead of bearings. In  either case, undo the little screw or nut that holds the bail to the  rotor arm, thereby freeing the line roller. Clean the inside of the  roller and the bushing/bearings with a light solvent, then add no more  than one or two drops of oil. Reassemble, making sure the line roller  moves freely, and you're good to go for another year.

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Jim in Mo

Timely reminder. I use Rem Oil teflon lubricant, the same stuff I use on my fiearms.

ryan

WAIT!!!!!!! WHY WOULD YOU PUT YOURE TACKLE AWAY???? WHAT ABOUT ICE FISHING!!!!!





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