Quick Guide on How to Repair Your Shakespeare Fishing Reel
A mix of reliability and affordability, Shakespeare fishing reels may be one of the most popular choices to go for when out fishing. Although not a perfect choice (it does have its issues), here's a short guide on how to fix some of the most common problems.
Repairing your Shakespeare fishing reel often just needs for you to inspect the small moving parts. Most of the time, it's just a loose or misaligned part that's messing up your gear.
Additionally, aim for the preventive maintenance mindset. It's always a good idea to check your fishing reels for any defects or issues. You wouldn't want to be caught unaware when you're out in fishing with some faulty gear! So, prep up for some amazing fishing experience this way!
Identify the Reel and Model
The first (and probably the most important) step to consider when fixing your Shakespeare fishing reel is to identify what model it is. You can identify the model by its model number (usually printed on a sticker on the reel itself) or design.
Aside from making sure that you are taking the right approach (hence, saving time on diagnosis and the actual repair approach), you will also be able to find out what tools are needed for a particular fix.
Knowing the model will also help you what manual you need to pull up for reference. Although most fishing reels do come with manuals (Shakespeare fishing reel types often come with a diagram showing the list of parts for a given model), getting to know your fishing reel model is also a great way to actually identify with your gear. It's an intricate matter, but part of being a good angler is having that certain feel and knowledge of your fishing tools at hand.
Also, take note of what kind of reel type your Shakespeare reel is. Shakespeare fishing reels tend to be categorized into two types: trolling (fly reels) and bait casting types.
Trolling and Fly Reels
Composed of three subtypes, reels from this category work best for freshwater fishing.
Featuring a simple design that results in practical and efficient fishing, this subtype specializes in inshore fishing. Given the longer line capacity this reel has, you'll be reeling fish in no time with this choice.
This choice specifically addresses flying fish. If you're after fast and heavy fish, then go for this choice.
Spin Cast Reels
The most simplest in design and function, this choice is often used by beginner anglers. A simple thumb operation is all that's needed to reel in fish.
Bait Casting Reels
For the control and precision that you want in fishing, go for reels in this category. Depending on the angler's skill, you will be able to spot and reel in fish just how you've planned it. This fishing reel type is also highly adjustable, perfect to fit your unique fishing style.
Identify the Reel's Components
Once you know the model (and reel type), try to find out if any of its parts seem to be "off". Are there any awkward movements? Does a part seem to be out of place? Are there any weird or grinding sounds whenever you move the parts? What about the handle, does it work as how it's supposed to?
Regardless of the issue, focusing on each and every part of the fishing reel will help you determine which needs to be repaired. Additionally, considering shooting a video (or taking some pictures) when inspecting the parts. This way, you will be able to properly document what exactly is wrong with the fishing reel. (You will also be able to track how each part is attached, once you start to disassemble the Shakespeare fishing reel).
Start to Disassemble the Fishing Reel
After checking which part needs to be repaired, head on over to taking the fishing reel apart. But when taking the reel out, take extra care not to damage the reel spools. Doing so may result in additional damage which cannot be readily fixed.
To protect the reel spools, simply cover the reels wrap portion with some masking tape. Once you've wrapped that part with some tape, proceed to getting the reel out.
Avoid Dirt on Your Workplace - Reels are Sensitive!
By making sure that you have a spot-free workplace also assures you that you will be able to properly fix your Shakespeare fishing reel. Start this off inspecting the surface you plan to place your reel. At your best, try to avoid any grease or grime on any of the parts - this may further complicate any problems that the reel has.
Once you've made sure that the surface is free from any dirt, lay a dry towel or a piece of cloth on it. Try to use a cloth or towel that in a light color. Not only will you be able to keep any of the fishing reel's part from rolling off the surface - the light hue will allow you to spot the parts easily.
As you slowly make your way in disassembling the fishing reel, remember to document the process of how you took the parts out!
Sorting Makes it Easy
You will encounter screws and other small parts when disassembling your Shakespeare fishing reel. Aside from using your towel, get yourself some boxes to store these parts. You would want to group similar parts together, so you do not get confused finding out with screw or part goes where!
As a hack to using small boxes, opt to use a pillbox organizer or a screwbox. With several small containers, you will be able to clearly organize these tiny parts.
Also (and as part of the repair process), disassembling the fishing reel is also a great way to check for any loose screws and parts. Chances are that the problem lies solely on a loose or a misaligned screw. This is why taking the Shakespeare fishing reel is important - not only will you get a clearer picture on how a fishing reel, you may actually repair it while taking the parts out!
Double Check the Parts
And now that you've got the entire fishing reel neatly disassembled, start to inspect it again! Aside from an eye test (which was done initially before you took the fishing reel apart), consider comparing each of the parts in front of you with the model manual. Doing so will allow you to familiarize yourself with that particular model's parts, and make the necessary adjustments needed in doing a specific repair.
Reassemble and Reassess
After inspection, reverse the process! This is where your documentation will best help you. In case you get lost or can't figure out which part goes where, always refer to the guide you've made.
Of course, relying on the manual will help as well. The purpose of reassembling the Shakespeare fishing reel is two-fold. First, you'd get to check if the repair simply involves a disassembly and reassembly procedure. Second, you get to be more familiar with your gear, allowing you to spot any small details that need to be addressed.
In terms of screws, make sure that they are tightly fixed in this time around. Additionally, applying some oil to a reel's moving parts will keep it smooth and protect it from rust and the like.
Now that you've got your fishing reel back together, reassess and test! If there are other issues that need to be tackled, then we may have it covered below!
Get Specific! How to Repair a Shakespeare Platinum Fishing Reel With an Anti Reverse Feature
Here's one of the most common issues encountered on Shakespeare fishing reels that come with an Anti Reverse feature.
Know Your Shakespeare Fishing Reel with Anti Reverse Feature
The main difference that this model sports from others in the Shakespeare line is its ball bearings found within. The issue that seems to be apparent with these types is that even if the lever's turned on, the anti reverse feature will not work. A workaround for this is to take the reel apart and focus on the rotor underneath the anti reverse mechanism.
Get Your Workplace Clean and Ready
Similar to the basic repair process we've tackled above, always make sure that your workplace is clean and free from grime and the like.
Take the Spool Out
Next, remove the spool of the fishing reel. This is done by simply locating the clip under the spool cap. Apply some tension on it to take the spool cap off.
Take the Washer(s) Out
Once you've taken the spool off, you will then find a tension washer. Depending on the model, there may be two tension washers found in the assembly. Take these out (make sure that they're kept in a safe place).
Exposing the Rotor
You will now find a nut attached to the reel. This is actually the rotor that works with the anti reverse mechanism of the fishing reel. Loosen and take out the nut.
Checking the Anti Reverse Mechanism
You can now see the anti reverse mechanism. More often than not, a disconnected spring in this part is what messes up the anti reverse feature. A quick fix on this is to put the spring back in place and lube up the ball bearings on the anti reverse mechanism with some reel oil.
Check the Lever as Well
As you go ahead and apply some reel oil on the bearings of the anti reverse mechanism, check and see if the lever has any defects or if anything seems off. What you want to see is that the spring is activated with the lever's motion. If it doesn't, then applying some lube or checking the spring attachment should do the trick.
Reassemble and Test
Now that you've done some quick fixes on the rotor and anti reverse mechanism, reverse the process and reassemble your Shakespeare fishing reel. Sure enough, the anti reverse mechanism should be working fine once you've done the checks on your gear!
Basic Fishing Reel and Maintenance Tips
Aside from focusing on common Shakespeare fishing reel repairs, we would also want to share some general fishing reel repair tips. This oversees as well some of the most common issues encountered by anglers with their fishing reels - knowing these tips will give you a good grasp on what needs to be done in case something goes wrong with your gear.
Common Issues that Happen with Fishing Reels
As with other fishing gear, constant maintenance and cleaning needs to be done on fishing reels for these gear to work properly. A spring (which was tackled on the anti reverse issue with the Shakespeare fishing reel example above) that isn't inspected regularly may result in loose spools. Also, the mechanism that allows a spool to freely turn may wear out as well. Loose screws and washers need to be checked regularly for wear or replacement.
As with what's tackled above, lubricant or reel oil often does the trick. Make sure to keep your gear oiled for some much-needed preventive maintenance.
Equip Yourself with Some Repair Tools
Aside from constant inspection, get yourself some tools in case you need to do some quick fixes. Here are some of the most common tools you'll need:
- Wrenches (especially when dealing with washers and bolts)
- Screwdrivers (go for a variety – some fishing reels may use different sets of screws)
- Lubricants (specialized fishing reel oils and lubes are available in the market)
- Pillbox/Small Boxes (you would want to organize any small moving parts or screws when inspecting or assembling your fishing reel)
- Pliers (when you need to pry open cases)
Aside from these tools, always have a clean workplace. As much as you'd want to repair your gear out in the wild, you'd risk yourself from losing any small parts this way.
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