Hey Matt...Hello nick always value your opinion, I fish nearly everyday in the summer before work then the reel sits in the boot, it gets wet occasionally sure the heat then does the damage,
I did pack the latest one out with grease but the antireverse stopped working the bail snapped on a tumble, cant blame the reel for that lol
Problem is getting salt inside the gear mechanism - rinsing the outside won't get that off. But you should rinse your reel - salt never goes away, it just stays there, drawing moisture to itself and keeping things wet. I've packed stuff away for the winter, and found them damp the following spring just because I didn't get the salt off.Hey Matt...
just a thought........try taking a flagon of fresh water with you in the mornings.....leave it in the car while you're fishing...and then flush the reel with it before you head off to work.. leave the reel out of view , in the car (footwell) not the boot, and out of any bag , so it can air dry properly...........
..also have a look at the Diawa Exceler X 3000 ............
...and keep thos catch reports coming ...great reading!
went shimano again in the end, buying reels does nothing for me, get excited over rods lures line but not reels,Have you ruled out the Soron STX Matt?
leaky i did look at that one as there for sale locally, whats the linelay like ?Hello Matt,
Like you, I fish a coupe of hours almost every morning, and I seem to destroy a reel in about 3 months. I'm also clumsy, prone to dropping things and falling over, so generally give my gear a hard time.
I now have a Ryobi Arctica, and it's lasted longer than any previous reel from Shimano, Daiwa, Mitchell, Pann ... I'm up to about 6 months, and still no sign of dying on me. As I recall, the price was OK too.