How to Reassemble a Penn Reel

How to Reassemble a Penn Reel
Penn reels have been a popular choice among inshore and offshore saltwater anglers for many years. Durable design and construction make Penn desirable for a wide range of surf, pier and open ocean fishing applications. The Spinfisher metal body spinning reel is one example of the reels for which Penn is known. Maintaining a Penn reel such as the Spinfisher requires access to the inner gears and moving parts. Following the cleaning, the Penn reel should be correctly assembled to ensure its performance.


Difficulty: Moderately Easy

Things You’ll Need:
  • Screwdriver
  • Clean rag
Step 1
Examine the internal gears and moving parts of the Penn spinning reel if the housing cover of the reel was removed for cleaning. Confirm that the gears and moving parts are correctly positioned and aligned before attaching the housing cover to the reel.
Step 2
Place the housing cover on the reel body, making sure the screw holes align with those in the Penn reel body. Thread a screw into each hole and securely tighten with a screwdriver, but do not overtighten.
Step 3
Assemble the bail wire of the Penn spinning reel to both sides of the rotor, making sure it is properly secured to the bail release mechanism. Use a screwdriver to secure the bail by tightening the bail arm and bail cam screws.
Step 4
Place the spool onto the spool shaft so that the drag discs located on the bottom of the spool line up properly. The spool should sit completely down onto the shaft and should not contact or rub any part of the rotor. Secure the spool in place with the drag adjustment knob.
Step 5
Insert the handle washer onto the threaded stud of the handle and insert the handle into the body of the Penn spinning reel. Turn the handle to thread the stud into the body of the Penn reel and seat it securely in place.

Article Written By Keith Dooley

Keith Dooley has a degree in outdoor education and sports management. He has worked as an assistant athletic director, head coach and assistant coach in various sports including football, softball and golf. Dooley has worked for various websites in the past, contributing instructional articles on a wide variety of topics.

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