Frequently Asked Questions

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How much does it cost to have a fishing reel repaired?

If your fishing reel is not working well, it may only need to be cleaned and lubricated.  This is servicing rather than repair, because no parts are being replaced.

For servicing fishing reels, we use this price schedule:

  • For 1-3 reels, we charge $25 per reel
  • For 4 or more reels, we charge $20 per reel

Fishing Reel Repair

If your fishing reel is in need of repair due to broken or worn parts, I will call you to discuss your options.

I don't charge extra fees for TIME if parts need to be replaced.  I only charge for the parts themselves.

What is the difference between fishing reel service and repair?

If you send your fishing reel in for service or repair, it gets serviced.

Servicing includes opening up, cleaning, lubricating and inspecting the parts.

If the parts are broken or badly worn, then they should be replaced.  This is considered a repair.

We ALWAYS call before making repairs!

How long does it take to service or repair a reel?

It typically takes one day to service a reel.  If repair is needed, and we don't currently have the parts needed, it may take up to two weeks to order and receive the parts needed.  We will let you know when this happens.

What is the best way to clean my fishing reels?

Cleaning Fishing Reels

  • I use Salt Away mixed 1/3 to 2/3 water.   You can pick up spray bottles at the dollar store.
  • With the reel on or off the fishing pole, start spraying the reel. Spray the reel until it is dripping . Allow it to air dry.
  • Salt Away is non-hazardous, non-toxic, bio-degradeable, has no acid and is water solubleπ.
  • Captain John Beath of Squid Pro Tackle has used this spaying method for several years. I have serviced reels for him and all of them were very clean inside.
  • This cleaning makes it very inexpensive to maintain good fishing reels.
  • Most reels are damaged by river or surf fishing sand. Spinning reels seem to get the most damage. The spinning reel rotor must be removed for proper cleaning.
  • Never submerge reels in water. Most reels have vent holes on the bottom of the reel. These holes help keep the reel dry inside. Submerging reels in water will damage bearings, drag washers, springs and any moving part inside.
  • Never use a water hose on reels. The water pressure from the hose forces water and fine sand into the reel. Water and sand will be forced into the front bearing and roller clutch bearing through the vent holes and damages the reel.
  • Never let salt build up on your reel. Fish scales are OK.