Firstly, my thanks to Daiwa UK for allowing me to keep hold of their 2015 model Caldia 3000-A Mag Sealed spinning reel for a while longer. I reviewed it earlier in the year (see here) and I asked them if I might keep hold of it for a bit longer as I was quite simply loving lure fishing with it, but I have recently had an issue that required it go back to Daiwa for some TLC. Daiwa mended it very quickly to be fair, and whilst what went wrong I don’t think should have happened with how long I have used the reel for (but the reel’s still under warranty, albeit I don’t actually own it), more importantly for me and my understanding of spinning reels and via a few chats with one of their service guys, it has thrown up another important part of a spinning reel that we as anglers might want to keep a close eye on.
I blogged about a couple of bearings on a spinning reel that I think need fairly regular oiling (check here), but when this smooth as you like Mag Sealed Caldia 3000-A suddenly went a bit too “raspy” and oiling those two bearings didn’t make much difference, I boxed it up and sent it back to Daiwa UK to see what they could find, with a note asking that they please explain to me what went wrong with the reel…...
My profound apologies if this recent spinning reel stuff is preaching to the converted and instead I’m the one who is out of the loop, but the Caldia 3000-A came back to me with the explanation that the line roller was jammed up with salt and had to be replaced. There’s me thinking that that “raspiness” was most likely a bearing somewhere in the bowels of the reel, but in fact it was the bit where your braid runs over all the time when you’re fishing. So how often do you keep a close eye on the line roller part of a spinning reel, because I must admit that I hadn’t been doing so aside from washing the reel down under freshwater after most fishing sessions.
Now of course it can be argued that this Caldia I have here should not have failed it did so quickly, but anything I have done to take care of the reel so far has never revolved around any TLC of the line roller area. Some reels have bearings inside there and some have spacers I think they are called, but whatever the case, the Daiwa guy explained to me that if you think about it, it’s that line roller area that firstly is getting one hell of a lot of use with your mainline going back and forth over it all the time, and secondly you’ve got wet line coming back onto a spinning reel when you retrieve, and therefore that area is also getting hit with saltwater far more than on other parts of the reel.
I am nothing to do with Daiwa UK and I am in no way excusing the reel failing like that, but you can bet your bottom dollar that from now on I will be paying close attention to the line roller area via cleaning, oiling and/or greasing when required - on all my spinning reels. If I had bought this Caldia 3000-A it would still have been under warranty, and therefore not much changes the fact that I still love lure fishing with this reel. Sure, my confidence in it has been dented, but I still reckon it’s a lot of reel for the money and it’s taught me to take better care of another part on a spinning reel. I don’t know about you, but I am having one of those years with fishing gear……
This line roller thing does throw another issue up though - like many of you I am sure, I lust after those new Daiwa Mag Sealed Certate spinning reels, and one of the selling points is the Mag Sealed line roller (it isn’t on that Caldia I have here). My understanding is that Daiwa says don’t mess around with the Mag Sealed parts on spinning reels, as in don’t take the Mag Sealed parts apart at home for any servicing as this will break the magnetic oil’s seal. I believe that they are meant to be sent back to Daiwa for servicing (again, how often you get your reels serviced?). Sounds pretty bloody good in my book to have the line roller area properly protected/sealed against sand and salt getting in, but two anglers I know of who have these newer Certates have had their line rollers seize up over time. OK, so these Certates come with a two year warranty, but whilst I have never opened up the internals of any Mag Sealed spinning reel I might have used over the last few years, I must admit that I would be sorely tempted to open up the line roller on a Certate and do my own bit of looking after of that area if I owned one, because whilst this is breaking the mag-seal, it must be very hard to make a completely sealed line roller unit where absolutely no sand and salt gets in. If any of you here know much about the ins and outs of the whole Mag Sealed thing, please share some info with us in the comments section below.
And yes, I am feeling sick with nerves about the Australia game on Saturday evening.