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Formerly Tight Loops
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I just rinse off my rod in the shower. All you need to do is get the salt off the guides and the reelseat.

With a sealed arbor reel, don't disassemble it. Just rinse off the external reel with water. Soaking it sounds like a good idea, as down in the backing my reels look pretty cruddy (but not so I would say they were in bad shape) if only rinsed off.

With non-sealed reels (like my Okumas) I recommend cleaing off the arbor and the bearing (which can easily rust) and then using a good quality of bicycle grease, greasing the spindle and bearing. If you use a decent quantity, it will keep the spindle and bearing rust free without constant disassembly.

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