be quite expensive to undo. The liquefied lubricant (grease) can flow and go anywhere, even places it shouldn’t go. Emulsification of the inter- nal lubricants (as seen in the photo) can cause drags to fail and anti-reverses to go out just as a start. Just this can set one back $25 just in parts alone.
Second, the cold. What do you think happens to liquefied lubricants as they become thinned out or
emulsi- fied? They begin to, or can become hardened, which then presents even more issues that can ruin your day(s) on the water, especially down the road. Troubles in the spring usually stem from exposure in the winter.
SOUNDS PRETTY BASIC, DOESN’T IT?
It does, but it really is one extremely overlooked area most, if not all of us, have been guilty of at one time or an- other.
So, are what you saying is my reels
can’t be used in the rain, wind, or cold?
No, not at all. What I am saying is you need to pay them some attention while doing so, es- pecially during and after having been in the rain.
THEN WHAT DO I DO?
Okay, to help minimize the exposure I carry three things in my rod locker(s), or in the back of the truck.