Abu Garcia had made fishing reels since 1921. The Swedish company makes spinning, bait and cast reels for fresh and saltwater fishing. Reels require maintenance and upkeep and sometimes require replacement parts. Knowing what parts are needed or wear out allows you to purchase and keep a cache for use when the reel needs servicing or fixing.
Spincast reels have aluminum enclosures surrounding the spool, line and cartridge bearings. Spincast reel parts include the stainless steel cartridge bearings, spool, drag switch and cast release mechanism. Abu Garcia spincast reels are available in several models. Keeping a supply of the stainless steel cartridge bearings, an extra spool and washer for the housing allows for quick repairs, at home or in the field, when kept on hand. These parts are available through the Abu Garcia website.
Abu Garcia makes several different series of spinning reels, including the Apex line. Spinning reels are fixed under the rod and give the angler a long distance cast with swift return. Stainless steel bearings are set in a greased cartridge. Keep a set of the greased bearings on hand to return the reel back to proper casting form should they wear out. A series of aluminum gears give the reel its spin ratio and are handy to keep on hand should one break or wear out. An extra spool and handle mechanism in reserver allow for quick repairs.
Fly reels use fewer moving parts than the spinning or spincast reels. Keeping an extra handle and outer casing is a good way of ensuring needed spare parts are on hand should one fail in the field. Having a few extra screws for attaching the reel casings, handle and base plate allows for quick maintenance and repairs when fishing or at the workshop.
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.