Winter is upon us and that fishing equipment is stored in the corner of the garage waiting for the spring bite. If you are looking for something to do on one of those cold winter days, how about examining your favorite rods and reels in preparation for the first spring fishing trip?
If a reel is not quite as smooth on a cast or retrieve, it may be time to send the equipment back to the manufacturer for general maintenance and possibly gear repair. The major fishing reel companies such as Quantum, Shimano and Abu Garcia have excellent reel repair service departments — they want to keep your business. Anglers that are satisfied with a product and service will tell other fishermen, which obviously improves the image of the company.
The quickest procedure for reel repair and service is to go to the Internet and type in any reel product name, then go to customer service, and follow the instructions. The service departments usually have a check list of possible problems or a box to mark for general maintenance.
A word of warning, it is best to heed the manufacturer’s advice, which is not to open the reel and expose all the moving gear parts.
When I owned a tackle shop, I had to help numerous frustrated fishermen that brought me bait casting reels with parts in a plastic bag and I always had to send them back to the company with the hopes of making it operable again.
Fishing rods are a bit different and some repairs can be done on your own with the proper parts.
The Payson area has the luxury of an excellent rod repair business called Rim Country Custom Rod and Repair which is owned and operated by Jim Goughnour. His quality workmanship is used statewide by bass fishing pros, including some tour-level bass anglers.
The most common rod repairs of broken tips, bent guides, and loose handles or reel seats are quick repairs that can be done by Jim in just a day or two.
This is far easier than sending the rod in the mail and waiting 30 days or more for your favorite rod to be back in your hands.
Rim Country Custom Rod and Repair can be reached at (928)468-0263 and Jim can make those repairs locally.
The next time you are looking for something to do, take out your fishing equipment and get those repairs made now, which will make the first springtime fishing trip that much more enjoyable. The turnaround time for reel manufacturers is far quicker at this time of year compared to March and April when everyone is thinking fishing.
This weekend, enjoy and appreciate the Rim Country — God’s creation.