Jan. 31, 2019 – Washington Co., WI – It’s winter time. Go ahead and blow the dust off the ice fishing gear, tighten loose drags and spool up for the hard water season.
As a matter of fact, why not take the time to tune your soft water gear before you park it? Massaging your gear before it sits for an extended period can add years to the life of your gear. It can also help maintain its integrity when you get back to casting after the snow melts.
Loosen Your Drag
No matter the type of reel I am storing during the winter months, I always dial down the drag. Both open faced spinning reels and bait casting reels have drag systems full of little mechanical components that become stressed when your drag remains torqued down heavy. In fact, I have developed a habit of loosening the drag of any reels after I use them to preserve their durability.
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