6. Doctor's Appointment
Another issue open to debate is how often to service a reel. Just because an angler plunks down $500 for a quality trolling reel, for example, doesn't mean the reel never has to be serviced. If you purchased a $50,000 SUV to trailer your boat, would you assume because you paid that much that the vehicle would never need an oil change or servicing? Quite the contrary. You would go to all lengths to protect that investment. Why should your reels be any different?
As a rule of thumb, reels should be brought to an authorized reel-repair center at least once a year, and perhaps twice if those reels are under heavy use, like on busy charter boats. This should entail a full overhaul, cleaning and lubrication.