How To: Maintain A Smooth Drag On A Spinning Reel
Over time, dirt, salt, and sand will find its way into the drag washers on your spinning reels, resulting in a “sticky” drag. A faulty drag system is one of the main culprits for breaking off a big fish. Every reel is different, so be certain to check the owner’s manual before you begin. If you didn’t save the manual, you can find cleaning instructions for most reels online.
Unscrew the spool knob, remove the spool, and use a damp paper towel to clean all visible areas.
Most reels have a hexagonal spring clip that holds the drag washers in place. Remove it carefully.
Most reels have a series of washers in the drag system. It’s important that you keep them in the proper order. Either remove them one at a time and lay them out in order, or remove them all together in a stack and clean them one at a time. Use a paper towel to remove any dirt and moisture, then clean out the spool with a cotton swab.
Lubricate the washers before returning them to the spool. It’s important to note that some reels are designed to have “dry” washers (no grease) and others require a small amount of lubrication. Refer to the owner’s manual or contact the manufacturer for the correct type of lubricant.
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found your topic of drags very good thanks;bob
Your tips were very helpful. Thank you
found your article on reel drags very informative. thanks bob.
You can ALWAYS find important fishing info at “onthewater” y’all are a never ending supply of help and hints…..THANKS!!
Any trick to getting the spring clip out or back in?
I highly recommend penn ( blue ) grease . And a very fine cost on drag washers is all you need . Almost just a film .to much grease is worse than none at all .
Is there’s a way to clear baitcaster drag?
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