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Chris W.

Mitchell Spinning Reel Disassembled...

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Hey everyone. I just recently had to replace a shimano reel that i had for a while along with the shimano rod. They both finally crapped out. I had 50$(limited funds right now...)and decided i needed a pole for opening day so i went and bought a new rod and reel. I bought a 7' two piece shakespeare excursion medium action spinning rod and a mitchell avocet II silver series spinning reel with some spiderwire super mono ez line. I hooked the whole setup up and went fishing for 3 or so hours. Loved the setup. Went 2 days later to the same spot and as i was walking along the bank it crumbled due to recent flooding(i couldnt see it was eroded underneath, just a 1 foot area... weird)and decided to ditch the rod setup and jump for a tree that had fallen over in the water. Made it onto the tree and realized i had thrown the pole! OH NO! So, i retreived the pole and continued to fish. I got home, sprayed down the reel with fresh water and disassembled it. Sprayed it out with an air compressor and regreased everything. Now it's all dry and greased. My question is, when i spin the handle and let it keep spinning it spins and them comes to a stop, while my brother shakespeare(crappy)spins and spins and spins at a million miles an hour. Is there a reason why? I reassembled it correctly and fished for about 3 hours today also, so is there something up with it or does it need breaking in? Could i have put the part that the bail and spool attach on too tightly with the nut? I didnt crank it down but just snugged it and went an 8th turn more, didnt strip it. I like the reel so far, just wondering if it needs breaking in or if it sounds like something may be up.

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How much of what type of grease did you use and where did you put it? The rotor nut may be too tight as you suggest. Did you use a schematic to reassemble?

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did the reel land and get mud all up in the spool? if not i wouldnt have even bothered to take it apart and do all that, especially if it just landed in the water.

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The water had all kinds of thingsin it.itdefinately got put together correctly and i used finih line grease, its used for pools and spas. I use it on my bike. Its not a thick hrease at all.

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I loosened up the nut and just snugged it doen and its the same. Maybe its just the reel? The grease is the same consistency as antiseptic ointment almost. Its not sticky and binding.

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Well, i decided to disassemble it again. Had every piece out of it and apart. The reel is extremely simple, more simple than my shimano. I cleaned all the grease off (i realized you aren't supposed to mix greases...) and reassembled it with some phil wood grease, i don't know if any of you are famaliar with that stuff. I got it when i worked in the bike shop. Anyways, all is good now, i'm pretty comfident in this cheap reel now that it's been disassembled, there are virtually no plastic parts in it. I'm really suprised. Thanks for the help!

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