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How to maintain fishing reels?

The best technique for this is by purchasing the right maintenance kits specially made for your reels. The necessary parts of a maintenance kit from a manufacturer are: Step 1. Spray water mist on your fishing reels and use a soft rug to get rid of dirt, sand, and salt. Step 2. Remove the spool’s top cap and then the spool from the reel shaft.

What are crbb reels made of?

CRBB stands for corrosion-resistant ball bearings. These are Daiwa’s bearings and they are sealed, specially treated, made of stainless steel, and are said to last up to 12 times longer than standard stainless bearings. If you go fishing in saltwater, these are the bearings you want on your reels.

What are ball bearings in a fishing reel for?

Ball bearings are in reels to assist with the rotation of any part of a reel that needs to spin… This includes knobs, spools, gears, and even a level wind. The ball bearings help them slide and reduce friction in the rotation of a reel.

What are the different types of Reel bearings?

They come in various types from ceramic or ceramic hybrid bearings to stainless steel and you find them in most reels such as in a baitcaster, trolling, and spinning reels. What do fishing reel bearings do? Ball bearings are in reels to assist with the rotation of any part of a reel that needs to spin…

What cleaners can I use?

Before getting into how to clean the shaft, you must determine the cleaner you plan to use. Many cleaners can be used, such as degreasing agents like Simple Green, citrus-based cleaners, and industrial solvents.

How to clean fishing reel bearings

First of all, to do the cleaning, make sure you have removed all the rubber washers; if the bearing has a metal shield, you don’t need to. To do that, the only thing you need to prepare is a small knife and remove it; note, work under a magnifying lamp because the bearings are usually tiny.


I have finished sharing with you how to clean fishing reel bearings; take note of what I say to avoid damaging your bearings. If you have repeated it repeatedly and it still doesn’t clean, that’s a sign that you need to replace the bearing for your reel.

Step 1: Prepare Your Workspace

Make sure you have a clear workspace devoid of any other items so that you can clearly see the bearings, and the rubber seals that you are going to take out of the bearing. We would recommend having a soft, white cloth on the worksurface so you can clearly see the parts.

Step 2: Remove Rubber Seals with A Utility Or Precision Knife

If your bearings have a rubber seal, these can be prised off the bearing using a precision knife. Whether you put the rubber seal back onto the bearing is optional, as the bearing can run without them if you have used the right lube and oil.

Step 3: Put Your Bearing into A Container

Use something like a small clean sandwich box if you have one around and place the bearings inside.

Step 4: Add Your Bearing Cleaner

Tilt the box to the side so the bearings are nicely nestled into the corner. This will allow you to get the bearing coated with cleaner without having to fill the entire container.

Step 5: Vibrate the Bearings

Using a machine like a hair trimmer, or something similar that will agitate the bearings, hold the machine and container together for 2-3 minutes.

Step 6: Allow Bearings to Dry

If you are able to do this using pressurised air, then this would be quicker. If not, allow them to dry naturally on your clean cloth.

Step 7: Soak the Bearings in A Protective Soak

In a clean container, add some protective bearing soak, and place the bearings in it. Leave them for 15 minutes.

What is a fishing reel?

A fishing reel is a mechanical device that basically consists of fishing line tightly wound on a spool and a system of gears and drives operated by a manual crank. All reels allow the fishing line to be cast or thrown (with a bait or lure attached to the end of the line) out toward a body of water.

Why do anglers use baitcasters?

Serious anglers prefer baitcasters because of the accurate casting that they afford along with greater distance. Baitcasting reels feature several mechanisms that allow setting precise casting adjustments according to specific types of lures and baits and fishing line weights. Certain anglers will make even the minutest of adjustments when changing from one lure to a seemingly similar one.

How does a spinning reel work?

Spinning reels utilize a system comprised of a bail arm and rotor that rotates around the spool as the angler turns the handle. As the fishing line is retrieved, the spool bobs back and forth while the bail arm and rotor spin around it, guiding the line as it is evenly wound around the spool.

How to clean a reel spool?

It may be necessary to use a degreaser to completely remove residue. Try to avoid spraying degreaser directly onto any reel components; instead, spray degreaser onto a cloth, or dip the swab end of a Q-tip into a small bowl of degreaser.

Why is my baitcaster’s spool spinning?

Furthermore, the spool also rotates when fishing line is cast, and this is what makes baitcasters very difficult to master as it takes a lot of experience to avoid fishing line backlash which occurs when the forward motion of the fishing line slows or stops, but the spool keeps spinning and continues releasing line, resulting in a tangle so extreme it is commonly referred to as a bird’s nest.

What is the most important part of a fishing rod?

The fishing reel is perhaps the most important component of a fishing rod setup as it determines the accuracy of casting and placing the bait or lure in the water and is responsible for reeling in fishing line with speed and efficiency. Today’s fishing reels are technological marvels with inner mechanisms that, with proper care and maintenance, can provide many years of reliable service.

How to retrieve line from a u-shaped lure?

When the u-shaped bail arm is flipped open , and the rod is flung forward, the weight of the lure will pull line off the spool as it moves forward. To retrieve line, the bail arm is flipped closed and the angler turns the handle.

Clean Your Reels

You should always ensure that you apply the appropriate lubricant, grease, and oil products because using the wrong one can lead to serious problems instead of making them last longer.

Oil Your Fishing Reels Regularly

It may not be pleasing to learn how to grease your fishing reels, but this will come easily once you follow the steps.

Other Tips to Maintain Your Reel

It would be best if you made it a habit to perform basic cleaning on your reel four times a month for freshwater fishing and every other fishing trip for saltwater fishing.

Maintaining Your Reel is a Must

Conducting constant equipment maintenance can help preserve the quality of your gears. Also, it can help save money on unwanted replacements and repairs.

What do fishing reel bearings do?

Ball bearings are in reels to assist with the rotation of any part of a reel that needs to spin…

Are more bearings in a fishing reel better?

It would be common sense to think that the more ball bearings in a fishing reel the smoother and better quality it will be.

What does ABEC mean?

ABEC stands for Annular Bearing Engineers Committee. This committee came up with a standard rating system for bearings to categorize their dimensional precision. The rating system goes from ABEC 1 (lowest) to ABEC 9 (highest).

What is a hybrid ball?

Hybrid. A hybrid ball is around the same weight as a stainless steel one, but a 100% ceramic ball is up to 60% lighter. This means a reel with 100% ceramic bearings will be a lot lighter, smoother, perform better, and resist corrosion a lot better too.

What type of bearings do reels use?

A standard or low-quality reel may use chrome steel ball bearings as they are less expensive to produce. Chrome steel is harder than stainless steel but it’s far more susceptible to corrosion and wear than stainless or ceramic, and if you fish in saltwater they are best avoided.

How long does it take to clean a bearing?

Cleaning them is easy – just submerge them in some degreaser for 2-3 hours ensuring you have removed the seal if it’s made of rubber or plastic. Once soaked, remove the bearings and dry them completely either with an aerosol or by leaving them out for 24 hours. Once completely dry it’s time to lubricate.

What is a stainless steel ball bearing?

Stainless steel ball bearings are made with a stainless steel ball in each cage. These are the most common standard bearings on the market and are relatively inexpensive to produce. A stainless steel bearing is quite durable but the stainless steel ball may cause some surface wear even if it’s well lubricated.


Soak the bearings in Ardent Reel Kleen Cleaner then relube with Ardent Reel Butter Bearing Lube


I’ve found acetone to do the best job. I’ll replace it 3-4x over the course of 10 hours.


Ok, the stupid question for anyone: Simple green is a degreaser, so is Engine Brite. Why would one be better than another? Effect on the bearings? The job one individual product does versus another? Fill me in here. :-/


The good thing about acetone is that it evaporates almost instantly. Makes it easier to dry the bearings before re-oiling.

J Francho

The lighter fluid does contain Naphtha but the fumes are not as strong as the regular Naphtha which makes the lighter fluid a little bit easier to use.

J Francho

J Francho, thanks for pointing that out. You really are the true expert.


J Francho, thanks for pointing that out. You really are the true expert.