Reel Storage – Quick Tip

Reel Storage – Quick Tip

Reel Storage – Quick Tip

by February 3, 2014

Reel storage-header


Reels are one of the most expensive pieces of equipment that an angler can invest in and its important that they be stored properly to keep them safe and ready for the next season.


Reels should never be left out in the garage, shed or on a boat during the cold winter months. Freezing temperatures can wreak havoc on all the internals, lubricants and materials in your reels. Always take them inside and remove them from the rod when being stored.


1. Before storage make sure you perform maintenance on your reels and oil them. Basic maintenance tips can be found here.


2. Back off the drag star to relieve pressure on the drag washer. Constant pressure could warp it.


3. If you are going to leave line on the reel  to reuse next season, place a small piece of tape on it to keep it from unraveling.


4. Consider investing in some reel covers for storage; they protect your reels and prevent scratching during transport as well.

Socks for reel storageIf you don’t have reel covers you can wrap your reels in a towel, old clean shirt, or even an old sock will do nicely to protect it. Although it may seem crude, the old sock method is very economical and an angler can protect dozens of reels for next to nothing. Reel covers have the advantage in that they can be put on the reel and protect it while on your rod- lets say in a rod locker on your way to the lake.


5. Store your reels in a reel bag or even a tackle bag. Keep them in at room temperature and out of direct sunlight. If a reel bag is not available, store them in a drawer, or anywhere they wont be disturbed until you need them again. Use your imagination on places you can keep them. The key is that it be somewhere nobody will mistakenly find it or play around with it.  I’ve known anglers that have even kept reels in the back of their underwear drawer; this is a spot few people will wander into without your consent!

Tape on reel line

A small piece of tape works great to keep your line neatly on your spool. It is useful for jotting how many test lbs it is so you don’t forget.

These tips are great for seasonal anglers as well as anglers who fish all year long in the south. If you are diligent with the care and storage of your reels you will find that they will last a lifetime. Another great reason to take care of your reels is the resale value. Some older reel models are sought after by anglers looking for more of their favorite reels. If you have one that is in great condition with minimal boat rash you can demand top dollar.


Tight lines!



About Grant:

Profile PicGrant is the Founder of  While he primarily fishes for large mouth and small mouth bass, he’s passionate about sport fishing in general.  Learning about new tactics, gear, species and conditions is all part of what makes the sport challenging and enjoyable. Grant also loves to travel, particularly to prime fishing destinations. Grant participates in regional tournaments and is a proud member of State Apparel and Gambler Lures’ Am Pro Staff, Canadian Bass Anglers Federation and Ontario Federation of Anglers & Hunters. Follow AnglingAuthority on FacebookTwitter and YouTube





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