How to Remove a Stuck Spool on a Mitchell 300 Reel

How to Remove a Stuck Spool on a Mitchell 300 Reel
Mitchell Fishing makes and produces fishing products, tackle and reels. The 300 series of reels are spin casting devices that come with extra spools which can be switched on the fly. Having extra spools threaded with different weights of fishing line gives versatility for your day spent fishing. Changing out the spools is a straightforward task that requires very little time and effort.


Difficulty: Easy

Cut and Reel

Things You’ll Need:
  • Mitchell 300 series reel
  • Utility knife or small fishing scissors
  • Spare spool
Step 1
Cut the lure off the end of the fishing line and reel in the excess line onto the spool attached to the reel. Open the casting bail to the cast position once all line is reeled in and on the spool.
Step 2
Turn the spool to the left and continue turning until you feel the threads begin to unscrew. Continue unscrewing the spool until the spool may be removed from the housing. Take the spool out and set aside.
Step 3
Place the replacement spool onto the housing and begin turning the new spool to the right, connecting the threads between spool and housing. Turn to the right until the spool is set into place and cannot be turned any farther to the right.
Step 4
Pull a 6-foot section of line out from the spool and thread through the fishing rod guides starting at the guide nearest the reel and continuing through to the end of the rod. Pull an extra 2 to 3 feet of line out and attach your lure of choice on the end of the line.

Tips & Warnings

Do not over-tighten the new spool onto the housing. This causes cracks in the aluminum and could break the reel. Tighten only until hand tight and to the point where it can no longer be turned any farther to the right.

Article Written By Eric Cedric

A former Alaskan of 20 years, Eric Cedric now resides in California. He's published in "Outside" and "Backpacker" and has written a book on life in small-town Alaska, "North by Southeast." Cedric was a professional mountain guide and backcountry expedition leader for 18 years. He worked in Russia, Iceland, Greece, Turkey and Belize. Cedric attended Syracuse University and is a private pilot.

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