Reel Maintenence

The other day I had some want to give me some old Okuma reels. I cringed at the thought of having Okuma reels again. Shimano Tekota 700 reels for halibut are what we have used for over 8 years now. Pretty amazing how they hold up considering the abuse we put them through. When we get home from Alaska we take them apart and clean each part and inspect it for problems. The most common part is the bearings on the shaft of the reel handle. The salt water seems to come down the shaft somehow and get to the bearing. At over $200 per reel, I would much prefer to replace a $20 bearing then the whole reel. The drag disks are another big issue that needs looked at every year. They get very di

October 9th

Sorry for the delay in the blog. Our last guests left the lodge on the 7th of September. We had good weather for the trip to Juneau with the boats, and they were all on land by Sunday night. Our crew worked great together and everything went very well. Jeremy and I then flew back out to Elfin Cove to help finish shut down. The nice thing about this was when I got there Chris Peter and Abe had everything completed. They winterized all of the buildings and had everything put away for the winter. Jeremy and I then took the Admiral and the Yellow Stabi Craft black bear hunting. The first night we had a bear on the beach, but when we got to shore and got set up he went in the trees, lucky

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