How to Clean and Oil a Daiwa Freshwater Fishing Reel

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How to Clean and Oil a Daiwa Freshwater Fishing Reel
Properly maintain your Daiwa freshwater reels. (fishing image by Zbigniew Nowak from

Daiwa manufactures a range of quality spinning and casting reels designed for use when fishing for freshwater game fish species. Made with quality parts to be durable and long lasting, Daiwa is a favourite go-to reel for many anglers. However, without proper maintenance and cleaning, even the best engineered reel can fail. Take the time to periodically clean and lubricate your Daiwa reel so that it will continue to provide years of service and enjoyment.

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Things you need

  • Daiwa spinning reel
  • Daiwa casting reel
  • Clean rags
  • Mild detergent
  • Water
  • Nylon brush
  • Reel oil

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  1. 1

    Wipe down the entire surface of the Daiwa reel with a mild detergent and water solution. Use a rag to wipe away dirt and debris from the surface of the reel. Use a soft nylon bristle brush to help loosen any stubborn areas of dirt or debris. Wipe the reel clean with a wet cloth to remove any loosened dirt and detergent.

  2. 2

    Access the spool of the reel. Loosen and remove the drag knob on the front of a Daiwa spinning reel or slide open the spool cover on the side of a Daiwa bait cast reel. Pull the spool from the body of the reel and inspect for dirt or damage. Clean the spool with a soapy damp rag, making sure to loosen and remove any dirt and scum that may have been deposited by the line. Wipe the loosened dirt and debris away with a damp cloth.

  3. 3

    Apply a few drops of reel oil to any gears or points where the spool contacts the reel. Do not over lubricate the spool; use only one or two drops of oil per location. Reassemble the spool back to the Daiwa reel and secure in place by closing the access panel or installing the drag adjustment as needed.

  4. 4

    Remove any dirt or debris from the handle of the reel with a damp rag and soft bristle nylon brush. Work the bristles of the brush around the contact point with the grip of the handle as well as the contact point with the body of the reel. Apply a few drops of oil to contact points, paying special attention to the grip of the reel handle.

  5. 5

    Apply several drops of oil to a rag and wipe down the entire surface of the Daiwa spinning or casting reel. Coat the reel body with a film of oil to help displace any moisture and provide a barrier against water, oil, and dirt during use.

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