Salt & Corrosion

5weight

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On the flip side, I had the bearing of my reel nearly rust out even with cleaning it every outing on the sound. See my thread posted earlier!
Rinse your reel with the spool off and the bearing facing downward. Also add a couple of drops of light oil from time to time. I've been doing this for years and never had a bearing problem except on "El Cheapo".
 

Brian Miller

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good idea to seperate the flies you used during the day rinsing them and drying them before you put them back in your fly box.
As I fish I place the days used flies in a little Altoids candy tin I keep on my vest. They do not go back in my fly box until I rinse them.
As I fish, I place the days' used flies in a small spice bottle that I keep in a shirt or jacket pocket with some tap water in it. They do not go back into the box until they've been additionally soaked along with my reels for a few cycles of rinse drain rinse in the sink, then air dried.
 
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NRC

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As I fish, I place the days' used flies in a small spice bottle that I keep in a shirt or jacket pocket with some tap water in it. They do not go back into the box until they've been additionally soaked along with my reels for a few cycles of rinse drain rinse in the sink, then air dried.
Seconded. I carry a little plastic fly container from a fly shop, the pop top kind you take new flies home in.
 

herkileez

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I keep a full 5 gal water bucket beside my outside tap. After each saltwater outing, I strip the line off down to the backing, dunk the rod/reel vigorously a dozen times, hose the line/rod waders/boots, etc off, then run the line through a dry cloth while winding back on the reel. It all takes maybe 5 min, then hangs in my garage until almost dry...(If it completely dries, I'm not fishing enough...:) )
 

Bagman

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Rinse your reel with the spool off and the bearing facing downward. Also add a couple of drops of light oil from time to time. I've been doing this for years and never had a bearing problem except on "El Cheapo".
Like someone said what brand of reel can make a difference. I’m reels aloe you to remove the spool and reseal the drag housing. This slows me to soak the spool for a half hour Chang the water and repeat. For the reel housing I never soak it I just run cool water over it a wipe it off with a clean towel.
Steve Abel said for his reels to just spray the reel with WD-40 and scrub with a toothbrush, wipe off excess WD-40.
 

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