Reel Lube.

jaybeegee

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Any recommendations for suitable oil and grease for fly reels please? Thus far I’ve used a general purpose engineering grease and either gun or sewing machine oil, depending on what I can scrounge. I suppose these days some of my reels are a bit more hi tech and I should maintain them properly. Grateful for information.

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GEK79

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Any recommendations for suitable oil and grease for fly reels please? Thus far I’ve used a general purpose engineering grease and either gun or sewing machine oil, depending on what I can scrounge. I suppose these days some of my reels are a bit more hi tech and I should maintain them properly. Grateful for information.

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You'll get a lot of answers to this one.. Maybe contact the reel manufacturers and see what they recommend.. Or await the info from the guys here.. Good luck
 

Mrtrout

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Any recommendations for suitable oil and grease for fly reels please? Thus far I’ve used a general purpose engineering grease and either gun or sewing machine oil, depending on what I can scrounge. I suppose these days some of my reels are a bit more hi tech and I should maintain them properly. Grateful for information.

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Id stick with a slight amount of sewing machine oil B, works for me.
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rusty

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Mobil XHP 222. It’s marine grease and if it’s good enough for Abel and Ross then it’s good enough for any reel!
I was surprised by the above post. The instructions with my Ross Evolution LT say it should never be oiled or greased.
Rusty
 

shortcircuit

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I have been using a bit of 3 in 1 oil on the spindle and on the bearing assembly in the spool. Always has done fine. I feel that heavier grease might be more likely to go "gunky" ?
 

speytime

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I've got 3 fly reels with line rollers on them, I've only ever given them a spot of 3 in 1, this year when I was servicing them I noticed them a bit sticky and had to use WD40 to clean out the old sticky/tacky 3 in 1 oil.

Al
 

4wings

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I use manufacturers recommended lubes or sewing m/c oil sparingly, too much is bad for the reel but
a little at the start of the season and a clean and lube before you put them away is fine
 

rusty

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I once oiled a plastic check wheel and after a day's fishing it had become a free spinning spool.
Oil suits most close tolerance spools/spindles but a little light grease can significantly reduce spool play. Judgement is required.
Rusty
 
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