How to Disassemble a Penn Reel

How to Disassemble a Penn Reel
Basic maintenance procedures are needed to keep your Penn fishing reel functioning properly. This will also ensure that your gear lasts much longer. With just a few steps, you can disassemble your Penn fishing reel to clean, lubricate or replace the parts inside.


Difficulty: Easy

Things You’ll Need:
  • Penn reel
  • Flathead screwdriver
  • Adjustable wrench
Step 1
Turn the handle's bearing cover counterclockwise and pull it out. Unscrew all of the screws on the side of the reel and remove the reel handle.
Step 2
Remove the drag knob assembly by twisting the knob counterclockwise. Lift the three washers on the spool once the knob is detached.
Step 3
Lift up the reel and remove the spool. Take out the washers and the circular drive plate.
Step 4
Unscrew the drag cover from the reel.
Step 5
Take out the bail wire assembly by unscrewing all the screws.
Step 6
Remove the nut with the wrench and take out the gear post.
Step 7
Detach the reel bail with the screwdriver and dislodge it from the Penn reel.

Tips & Warnings

Disassemble your fishing reel in a clean, well-lit work area to avoid losing any parts.

Article Written By Rona Aquino

Rona Aquino began writing professionally in 2008. As an avid marathon runner and outdoor enthusiast, she writes on topics of running, fitness and outdoor recreation for various publications. Aquino holds a Bachelor of Arts in communications and English from the University of Maryland College Park.

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