How do I fix a fishing reel? Under ideal circumstances, you don't. There is such a wide array of fishing reel types that difficult to know what to do. If you're into expensive or custom fishing reels, your best bet is to take the broken reel to a professional repair shop. If you're using a cheaper fishing reel some home repair and proper cleaning can usually help resolve most problems.
Fishing Reel Maintenance
To avoid having a broken reel, you need to provide proper care for your entire fishing pole. Saltwater fishing reels are particularly susceptible to damage because of the effects the salt can have on the equipment. This means your fishing rod, including the reel, should be rinsed with freshwater after every use. Every type of reel should also have all moving parts, except the line, lubricated after each use. Use line conditioner on the line to help lubricate and preserve it.
Fishing Reel Repair
There are a few types of easy repairs even the greenest novice can perform on a broken fishing reel. However, the more complicated the problem, the more likely you need to take the reel to a repair shop. Be aware that trying to repair a damaged fishing reel yourself may void any warranty on the reel.