DIY drag washer service

D.I.Y. fishing reel service

Keeping your drag smooth with this step by step D.I.Y. fishing reel service.

Have you ever lost a big fish to gear failure?

Getting big fish to the boat for clients is my job and why I never leave anything to chance if I can help it.

Sometimes we will fish all day chasing that one metre plus barra and the last thing I want is to lose it during the fight due to gear failure or lack of maintenance.

One of my pet hates is sticky drags, hence why you need to regularly do a fishing reel service.

In a previous video, I explained the ins and outs of why you need a well-maintained drag to land big fish.

But in this video, I am going to go one step further.


I cannot stress enough how important it is to keep your gear in top shape.

I don't use reels that cost $1000 each, I don't believe you have to... but I do put the time in to keep the reels I use in excellent working condition.

People always ask me "where do you catch the big fish, what lure to use etc."

But very few are ever interested in the behind-the-scenes stuff.

And that's the stuff that makes it all play out successfully on the day.

Therefore one of the most critical things is to give your fishing reels a service regularly.

If your drag is sticky, it's a time for some fishing reel cleaning and maintenance.

Even when you are tossing lures in the shallows for schoolies, you just never know when the mother of all fish is going to latch on.

When all hell breaks loose you want your gear to perform to its absolute maximum capacity. It has to!

And in this harsh saltwater environment, it just won't be able to handle the pressure if your fishing reel hasn't been serviced.

So... what are you waiting for?

Most of the tools you need to do a fishing reel service are probably in the shed already!

So grab one of your reels right now and give it some TLC.

Because prevention is always better than cure.

If you enjoyed this video and found it useful, please leave a comment below and share it out among your friends.

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About The Author

Ryan Moody

Ryan Moody started his fishing career on the reef boats before catching bucket list marlin for the likes of champion heavy tackle angler Johnno Johnson, INXS and the King of Sweden. Branching out in the late 80's to guided barramundi fishing, Ryan has made a name for himself as a Big Barramundi specialist and to date has put clients onto over 2000 metre plus barra. That is over 2 kilometres of metre plus barra! With attitudes changing from 'keep all you can' towards catch and release, Ryan has decided to share his extensive knowledge and hopefully inspire people of all ages to get out from behind the computer screen/TV and into the fishing outdoors lifestyle he has spent his life perfecting.

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  • Steve taylor

    Reply Reply April 1, 2018

    Thanks for the tip every bit helps

  • Harry Rigg

    Reply Reply September 18, 2015

    Great video ryan, Cheers.

  • Ray

    Reply Reply June 22, 2015

    Nice video Ryan. Now I know what I’ve been doing is ok, I wasn’t sure if I was using the correct grease or enough / to much. So Thanks for the info.
    Cheers Ray

  • Dom eggins

    Reply Reply June 14, 2015

    Excellent video Ryan, thanks for the info and tomorrow I’m off th get some boating grease and home to do all my spin reels. I’m actually exited to do it and save some money.

  • Ryan Moody

    Reply Reply May 31, 2014

    Thanks Ken. We are flat out at the moment but will add your request to the list and get to it when we can. Cheers Ryan

  • ken collins

    Reply Reply May 31, 2014

    good video thanks
    what i would most like to see is how to load the spool,backing etc
    for live baiting for barra including leader etc
    cheers from ken in sydney

  • Stephen

    Reply Reply May 29, 2014

    Thanks ryan That will give me confidence to do it myself.
    Any Chance of doing a baitcaster next??

    • Ryan Moody

      Reply Reply May 29, 2014

      Hi Stephen, Pretty busy for the next few weeks but after that I’ll do one for you on baitcasters.

  • Nick P

    Reply Reply May 28, 2014

    Good tip with the boating grease, thanks Ryan.

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