How to Fix a Fishing Reel That Stops Locking

How to Fix a Fishing Reel That Stops Locking
Fishing reels are typically comprised of many different parts that allow for different functions. The rotation of a spool or handle is reliant upon various parts all functioning together. The bail wire on a spinning reel, for example, is designed to be pulled to the side and locked into an open position so fishing line can be cast. Fixing or repairing a bail wire locking it into place is essential for the proper operation of the reel.


Difficulty: Moderate

Things You’ll Need:
  • Spinning reel
  • Small screwdriver
  • Pliers
  • Replacement bail wire and spring
Step 1
Loosen and remove the screw that holds the bail wire in place on the side of the pivoting bail arm. Place the screw aside, as it will be used later in the assembly process. Remove the screw from the bail arm on the opposite side if necessary depending on the model.
Step 2
Remove the bail wire and look for signs of damage including bending, rust or marring in the metal. Obtain a replacement for the wire if necessary. Inspect the line roller for damage and corrosion. Loosen and remove the retaining screw holding the line roller in place. Replace the line roller if necessary.
Step 3
Remove the spring from the side of the pivoting bail arm. Inspect the spring for damage such as kinks, breaks or excessive stretching. Obtain a suitable replacement for the spring or use the old spring if there is no damage.
Step 4
Apply a few drops of reel oil to the pivot points of the bail arm, bail and line roller. Install the line roller and bail wire in the order it was disassembled, securing it with the original screws.

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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