Originally posted by: davesett2000 on 3/2/2005 9:18:31 AM
HELP with REELS and places to find Reel Part / Schematics and Rod Building Supplies
Baitcaster's Casting & Reeling Symptoms and Fixes
1. Drag set too loose. You might just have to tighten your drag a little. On some reels the spool wonâ€™t turn if the drag is set to â€œzeroâ€.
2. If you are using a â€œsuper braidâ€, and you attached it to a â€œsmoothâ€ type arbor with a regular â€œarbor knotâ€, the line is so â€œslickâ€ that it will turn on the spool. Use a recommended knot (a Uni-knot is one) or put some mono backing on first. You can also put a bit of double-stick tape on the arbor.
3. Check to see that the pawl is moving side to side. The screw can loosen up or even completely fall out.
4. When you press the â€œthumbarâ€ or free-spool button, is it actually disengaging the spool? This could be sticking or broken.
5. A dirty reel (inside) can cause troubles too. Sometimes the grease can get old and caked up. Make sure itâ€™s clean and lubed properly. Cold weather can exaggerate this.
6. Check to see that the â€œcast controlâ€ knob isnâ€™t screwed down too tight. If it is too tight, be careful with your cast after you loosen it up, as you could end up with a backlash.
7. Check to make sure that line hasnâ€™t wedged itself between the edge of the spool and the edge of the frame. This can happen especially if the spool is over-filled.
8. Baitcasting reels have a difficult time with really light lures (say anything less than 1/8 oz). If you need to use small / light lures, use a spinning outfit.
9. Make a video of your "take-down"...you can use it if you have problems getting it back together.
10. When you take a reel apart, you can use empty egg cartons (number each "compartment") and put each part in (in order) as you take them off. THen when you put it back together, you should be able to go in "reverse order".
As a last resort, (or 1st step if you arenâ€™t into all this â€œdo it yourselfâ€ stuff), take it to a repair shop. Most of them are pretty reputable (if they werenâ€™t, theyâ€™d be out of business fairly quickly). Ask around for a reference.
For you lady anglers, it would help to take a male friend along...
Unfortunately, there are SOME places that don't give you gals a fair shake... <!--graemlin::(--> ...
It happened to my Mom in a Cabela's store... <!--graemlin::o-->
My hats off to WadeK, ouchitabassangler, Robert Horn, wme96, and nick barr for having contributed to this list (while we were trying to help Fish-Hunter)!
Loose Spinning Reel Handle?
Originally posted by jims out fishing:
To remove monofilament line that is wedged in a place you can't get at, spray a little bug spray on it...the deet will eat the mono only take a few minutes then wash it up real good
There are 2 basic designs of these handles.
On the first one, there are EXTERNAL threads on the end of the shaft of the handle that screws into the gear housing inside the body of the reel. On the other side of the reel housing, there is a plain dust cap of some sort. These reels usually have no problems with handles coming loose UNLESS you turn the handle backwards too much.
On the OTHER design, the shaft doesn't have any external threads on it, but has a "six sided" design that slides THROUGH the gear housing. On the other end of THIS type of shaft, the small cap has a tiny threaded shaft that screws into the end of the handle shaft. You'll notice that this little cap turns when you turn the handle. THESE are the kind that are likely to come loose.
First off, if you tighten that little screwcap too much, it can mash down the tiny gasket that is on the little threaded shaft, causing some part of the plastic cap to rub against the reel housing and making it to come loose.
Another thing I've seen happen is that there can be a little bump somewhare on the reel housing (paint, metal etc...) that rubs against the screwcap, also causing it to come loose. Use your finger to feel around the edge, and if you find something protruding, you can either file it down or add another tiny gasket to give some space there.
And last but not least, the original gasket may just be worn out (mashed) to the point that it needs to be replaced. Or maybe there isn't even a gasket there at all.
You can either order one from the manufacturer or go down to any decent hardware store where they should have some type of gasket (usually teflon or THIN metal) that should fit in there (take the cap with you and ASK for some help).
I have also made a little gasket from material such as the back of a notepad. You have to be careful not to make it too big, or else it will rub up against the handle housing on the body.
Originally posted by okuma500:
If you have the type of spinning reel that has the dust connector screw go to the hardware store in your neighborhood and get the weakest Lock Tite, usually red and just apply a drop to the threads, but remember not to tighten the screw too tightly because it will effect the action of the bearings, seal, and optimal operation of your reel.
Reel parts / schematics AND rod building supplies...Websites and addresses etc...
Originally posted by Storey Teller:
<!--graemlin::)--> In a pinch use fingernail polish on the threads tighten nut or screw properly and let polish dry usually a few minutes. I've used this method a number of times and its worked pretty good. TIP make sure wife or girlfriend doen'nt know your using her polish to fix your fishing gear they get really testy when they find out.
http://shop.mudhole.com/ (rod supplies)
http://www.jannsnetcraft.com (rod and bait making items...among other stuff)
http://www.johnssportinggoods.com/Smokex.html Also schematics
J.M. Sites/ Sites Rod and Reel
1336 High Street
Bowling Green, KY. 42101
GLENN'S REEL AND ROD REPAIR
2210 E. 9TH STREET
DES MOINES, IOWA. 50316
PHONE #  262-2990
Blouch's Tackle Temple, PA.  929-0853.
Cast Away Reel Repair = Williamsburg, Ohio  724-3009.
You might also try:
John Nutter/ Nutter Services Inc.
3383 Hwy. 411 N.E.
White, Georgia 30184
Other Rod / Reel type Sites
Originally posted by sscasteel:
This person is apparently in CLEARWATER, FLORIDA.
Authorized Dealer in reel parts for: Diawa, Penn, and Shimano.
email addy. firstname.lastname@example.org
phone # is  441 - 9084 --- Ask for John.
http://www.noreast.com/discussion/topiclist.cfm?listbyuser=7002&startrow=21 (noreast.com reel repair Forum)
http://www.wsff.com/WSFF/home.asp?vCompID=24056 (DJ's Reel Repair)
Basspro Shops Reel Repair Service
For Parts, call 1-417-873-5274
(Over 30,000 parts in stock...many for older reels)
http://www.archuletasreelworks.com/ (High end fly reel repair)
http://www.orcaonline.org/parts_is_parts.htm Antique parts â€œseekers and haversâ€
http://www.bobsrodandreel.com/ selling parts for +30 years
http://www.lews.com/customer_service/subpages/warranty_centers.htm Warranty Repair for Lewâ€™s
http://www.fishing-tackle-repair.com/ (Kansas, NAFC and BASS Life Member also)
http://www.susquehannafishingtackle.com/repair/repair.htmFinding a Replacement Handle
Years ago, trying to get parts for fishing reels could involve several conversations of â€œear tuggingâ€ and phone calls to get hooked up with someone who had what you needed.
The Internet has helped us all in getting thingsâ€¦many times just a few â€œclicksâ€ away
A couple of years ago we had a discussion about spinning reel handles coming loose, particularly the â€œreversible typeâ€. Several of us described how to go about keeping them tight, but we never discussed what to do once the handle is gone.
And a quick tour of Ebay can show you just how prevalent the â€œlost handleâ€ situation can be.
Sometimes you just canâ€™t find the original replacement, no matter WHO you contact. That being said, there ARE ways to get one back on the reel so that you can continue to use it.
Several years ago, I had a small Garcia ultralight reel that somehow ended up missing itâ€™s handle. The reel had been discontinued, and even after several calls, I was still at â€œground zeroâ€.
I then had a slight stroke of geniusâ€¦.I thoughtâ€¦â€What are the chances of me having another reel whose handle would work?â€. It turned out that I had a Quantum reel that had a perfect size match. Color was different (gray vs. black), but at least I didnâ€™t have to relegate the reel to the â€œbone yardâ€. So I ordered the handle ($10) and I was a happy camper.
Another time, I took a different reel to the local Kmart, as I knew the Sporting Goods manager. I showed him the missing handle problem, and he allowed me to go through the reels he had on the comboâ€™s sitting on the shelf. Once again, I hit paydirt, and a quick call to the manufacturer had me another handle for another reel. You could also do this at your local bait shop / sporting goods storeâ€¦IF they are kind enough to take the time to help you.