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Old 05-23-2005, 07:25 PM
Stan Stan is offline
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I used my Litespeed 4 a lot from my kayak. It's usually always sitting in a puddle of saltwater and I rinse it rarely. Never had a problem with changing spools or the very nice smooth drag. According to the papers I got with the reel it says:
If you change spools frequently, a small amount of high melting point grease should be applied to the outboard O-Ring periodically.
I apply some once in a while and maybe that's the reason why I'm not experiencing the same problem some of you are having.
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Old 05-24-2005, 06:37 AM
JimW JimW is offline
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Stan, Look up a few post, I said the same thing a few months back. Been towed around many times in the yak and when it was working, it was silky smooth. It was my goto reel for anything that really pulls, big blues, albies, bass in a rip. Now I'm always going to be wondering if it's going to fail while in use. If the spool gets stuck, well I can still fish but if the drag fails....
Hope your luck holds.
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Old 05-24-2005, 07:42 AM
chromer chromer is offline
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I have retired mine to freshwater use. Straits and Puget Sound use killed them once already. Luckily I need small spey reels.

It's a fundamental design fault and it's only a matter of time.
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