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Offline Mrpike1973

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Using summer reels for ice fishing
« on: Sep 15, 2020, 09:48 PM »
I would like to use a 2 Daiwa tournament reels for ice fishing this year do I just take the grease out and repack with what? or should I put them in the freezer and see what they do. I just don't want to ruin them. I'm upsizing to 1 bigger than an ultralight I think you get less line coil and less mess. Thanks

Offline ran7ger

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Re: Using summer reels for ice fishing
« Reply #1 on: Sep 15, 2020, 10:11 PM »
i use my pfluegers year round and don't do a thing to them.  some of them are on 10 years and work great.  however ymmv and i know lots of guys like to use hot sauce instead of regular grease during the ice season.

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Re: Using summer reels for ice fishing
« Reply #2 on: Sep 16, 2020, 05:22 AM »
Dave Genz use to recommend taking the reels face plate off and poring hot kettle water into the reel to remove the factory grease then use a good winter oil/grease . I never tried this but do notice that some of my cheaper reels  are sluggish/stiff  while other reels not an issue .I would imagine that "greases" have improved over the years for a wider range of temperatures and conditions .  Kicked across this video recently in my season preparation tasks.


 
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Re: Using summer reels for ice fishing
« Reply #3 on: Sep 16, 2020, 06:57 AM »
A reel is a reel.  I swap out my reels from my fishing rod to my jigging sticks all the time, and have never had a problem.

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Re: Using summer reels for ice fishing
« Reply #4 on: Sep 16, 2020, 07:02 AM »
My reels have been doing double duty for years, no problems.



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Re: Using summer reels for ice fishing
« Reply #5 on: Sep 16, 2020, 07:35 AM »
Some reels do become very sluggish and may actually start to bind up when there's a big change in temperatures.  So one can always do the freezer test.

I use my reels all around, whenever.  So when some reels becomes sluggish when it's frigid cold, I tend to not use them for ice fishing.  It's usually the old worn out used reels that has seen good wear and tear. 

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Re: Using summer reels for ice fishing
« Reply #6 on: Sep 16, 2020, 08:13 AM »
any synthetic reel lube will work, doesn't have to be ice specific - lucas, ardent, frabill, quantum, bps, etc all have good synthetic reel lube. grease sliding parts, oil spinning parts. The only exception would be gears not supported by a bushing or bearing. Make sure you open up the drag and oil all of the felts/carbon friction discs. Don't forget the line roller

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Re: Using summer reels for ice fishing
« Reply #7 on: Sep 16, 2020, 09:06 AM »
noooo problem. I don't own an 'ice reel'
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Re: Using summer reels for ice fishing
« Reply #8 on: Sep 16, 2020, 11:34 AM »
yeah as long as they are quality products, you should have no issue. 

Offline Mrpike1973

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Re: Using summer reels for ice fishing
« Reply #9 on: Sep 16, 2020, 01:06 PM »
Thanks guys!

Offline gorf37

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Re: Using summer reels for ice fishing
« Reply #10 on: Sep 17, 2020, 12:27 AM »
In my experience reels that aren't labelled 'ice' don't suffer mechanically even in extremely cold temperatures - it won't break them, I mean sure the metal might be a touch more brittle and therefore subject to breaking if you run over them accidentally, but that's getting a little too theoretical.

Drag performance changes significantly especially below 20C/0F.  If you run your freezer that cold I definitely recommend testing.  Some drags don't change at all, others perform so poorly they're unusable.  I have had good luck with replacing with carbon drag washers to correct this.

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Re: Using summer reels for ice fishing
« Reply #11 on: Sep 17, 2020, 04:03 AM »
Never had a problem, I use presidents and shimano Sahara's they work fine in cold.
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Re: Using summer reels for ice fishing
« Reply #12 on: Sep 17, 2020, 05:14 AM »
i use Shimano Sienna's and no problem.

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Re: Using summer reels for ice fishing
« Reply #13 on: Sep 17, 2020, 05:24 AM »

 I also use Presidents no trouble
 

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Re: Using summer reels for ice fishing
« Reply #14 on: Sep 17, 2020, 07:57 AM »
i use Shimano Sienna's and no problem.
same.

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