All you need is lukewarm water and vinegar or a mild detergent for a thorough cleaning. Remember, moisture can cause rust and other damage, so always make sure both your rod and reel are dried well after cleaning. Once you get into a routine, you will find your fishing rod maintenance isn’t such a big job.
How often should you oil your fishing reel?
That depends entirely on how much you fish and where you fish. Wright says a serious bass tournament angler should oil reel bearings once every couple of months and grease the gears once or twice per year, especially if he or she fishes a lot around grass. Reels used in saltwater need attention more often.
Can you wash fishing reels?
Never immerse the reel in water or wash it under high pressure as this can force water into the gearing and drag systems and cause damage. Rinse the reel off gently with fresh water and wipe dry with a clean cloth. It is a good idea to wipe the line clean as well.