rods and reels

Discussion in 'Saltwater' started by Ryan Nathe, Feb 20, 2006.

  1. Les Johnson

    Les Johnson Les Johnson

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    I have a 40-year old FinNor #2A/R and a circa 1983 Fenwick World Class IV that I've used in salt exclusively and rinsed in freshwater when done. When they dry out I wipe them down with one of those Kennebec rags and they are good to go. I strip them down to the backing once a year for a deep cleaning and have found no signs of corrosion. I've also had good luck with my Orvis Battenkill III L/A in salt water for about 5 years using the same treatment.
    Investment cast reels with enameled enamel finishes are another story. Scratch the finish and salt water will work under the paint and make it deteriorate very quickly.
    For salt water use I always recommend a reel machined from aluminum bar stock and anodized. The added expense more than pays for itself in a few short seasons.
    Good Fishing,
    Les
     
  2. Jeff Dodd

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    I am trying to follow John's advice, and his advice is contrary to what the manf. suggests. I understand why that makes people nervous, and it makes me a bit nervous too.

    This weekend I was out for a long day in the salt and while cleaning the boat, I gave the rod/reels a shot of water with a light spray from the hose. I'm not religous about "No Water", but my intent is to NOT drive water into the inner workings of the reel. Because fly reels have fewer nooks/cranies, I suspect it's even less of an issue.

    I DO NOT soak my reels in fresh water to clean the reel. I do occasionally wipe down the line, but I am not good about doing this.

    I also understand John's Sporting Goods could be perceived to have a motive to require my reels to need maintenance. I don't think that's the case however. John's has been great when it comes to reel maintenance.
     
  3. Kyle Smith

    Kyle Smith DBA BozoKlown406

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    I just use my crappiest reel for saltwater. It's not like you need a good drag system for most src's, though there is a chance of getting salmon when they're there.
     
  4. Fly Fanatic

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    Amen to that brother! Pick up a Pfleueger supreme for $40. They're anodized and more importantly....gold ;)
     
  5. Mingo

    Mingo the Menehune stole my beer

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    I use Orvis mid-arbors, Orvis large arbors, Bauers, and a Trion in the salt. The best tip I got was to gently rinse.......like give the reel a nice steady shower, rather than BLAST water into it from a hose, which can apparently drive salt deeper into the guts on the reel.

    I think it's important to rinse it off quick after you're done fishing rather than wait until you get home. many parks have a spigot with fresh water so I always use it before walking to my rig (like Lincoln park). I also keep water bottles filled with fresh H2o in my rig........just like The Waterboy.

    Just use the reels you like, rinse, and relax. worrying too much just ruins the experience.
     
  6. Highfly

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    I don't know jack about saltwater fly fishing (yet), and I will not pretend to know anything about post-salt exposure maintenance, but I do know that Shimano and Abu Garcia mostly make spinning/casting gear. Maybe their maintenance procedures are different, what with different types of drags, etc.
    You know, I'm kinda surprised that there's no "smily" icon that depicts beating a dead horse.......:p
     
  7. crazysalmon

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    I used my teton reel from July to October last year almost every night during the week, and on weekends. Had a blast with the silvers. I just used the hose on it when I got home good rinse no pressure. The reel works and looks like it just came out of the box. Nice drag is a good idea in the salt you never know what will hit. My bros girlfriend was casting vibrax for silvers, and an hour and a half latter he netted a 35 pound king. She's No longer his girlfriend she kept outfishing him.:beathead: bawling: :mad:

    Tight Lines.
     
  8. Richard E

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    Mingo, you be hittin' all cylinders today. Great comments, advice, and observation.
    :thumb: