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Monday, November 3, 2008

• Respool an Abumatic Spincaster

First consider reading my post called Spooling a Spincast Reel.

I wrote this post because the manual fails to explain how to expose the spool in this reel. I had to contact Abu Garcia's online support to get an answer. I didn't want to break the reel in the process, so when in doubt, ask for help. The reel in question is an Abumatic 276 with three bearings and a 3.9:1 ratio. Now that I have my answer, I will briefly explain how to go about putting line on this spincast reel.

Push down the thumb release button and pull off all of the line until you reach the knot tied to the reel. Remove the cap on the reel by turning it counterclockwise and set it aside. Hold the handle firmly with one hand so that it does not turn. With the other hand, turn the spool rotor counterclockwise until it comes off. The spool and knot should be visible. Use a pair of tweezers, line pick, or anything thin enough that will fit down into the narrow cavity to pull the loop around the spool out so you can cut it. Throw out the old line.

Run the end of the new line through the hole in the reel cap and then tie an arbor knot around the spool of the reel. Secure the arbor knot with an overhand knot. Otherwise, the arbor knot will slip should you ever pull on it. Cinch the arbor knot down against the reel spool. Put the rotor back by holding the handle again so that it does not move, insert the rotor into place, and turn clockwise until you feel it tighten so much that the handle starts to push against your hand. Put the cap back on and screw it into place.

This is apparently how spincast reels before my time worked. You would remove the cap and then turn the rotor to expose the spool. You learn something new every day.


Jakub said...

Thanks a ton, this helps! Yes, the manual is severely lacking in this respect :).

Anonymous said...

Thanks for the info, saved me a lot of time and fustration. Gary...Onatario Canada

Anonymous said...

Thanks, I was ready to pitch this reel!

AJL said...

This was a life saver my local fishing supply shop did not know how. Thanks very much.