Murphy and the art of gear maintenance

So many of the people I know had great plans for fishing last weekend that it was almost inevitable that Murphys Law would kick in. Sure enough, the weather was some of the worst weve seen in years. The wind and rain squalls at Ballina were some of the strongest for a long time. Good for the fish but hopeless for the anglers.

Many spent the time working on their gear and boats, which always seem to suffer when the going is good. As a tackle retailer we see many fishing reels literally destroyed by salt water corrosion. There is no doubt that the cheaper the reel the worse it suffers, but even top quality gear has to have the salt and sand removed. The best way is a warm rinse under a running tap. Do not immerse the reel to wash. The exception to this rule are Alvey reels; they only need to be rinsed but a dip does not do great harm. A spinning reel or overhead needs a gentle rinse or shower with warm water. Warm water dissolves salt much better than cold and they should also be oiled and greased in the critical places four times per year only. Never use a fluid that is meant to start engines or dry things out. Use a quality reel or gun oil and a grease with a silicon base. At Suffolks, which has now moved to 155 Keen Street, Lismore, we are very happy to show you the oiling and greasing points for any reel.


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