Thursday, March 05, 2009

Handedness

That is a word. JB senior is a right-handed reeler. I am not, and so a change in handedness of the G Loomis Adventure 3 that arrived yesterday was required. I Googled around a bit, and found the phrase "the reel easily changes from one hand retrieve to the other..." etc. but could find no explicit instructions on how to make that change.

I figured there could only be so many things that a guy can do to a reel, so I started poking around.

This component of the reel is absolutely symmetrical, and the drag works in the same fashion in both directions. This suggests that there must be something in the spool that "grabs" when it turns one direction but slips when it turns the other...

The small screw pictured here looked like it should be removed.


This piece and its "seat" came out with a little pull from a pencil eraser. I can't say for sure that I know how this piece grabs, but the clue was that it is not symmetrical - it looks like it's designed to perform a certain duty when facing a particular direction.

Flip it top to bottom, replace it and tighten things up... The zzzzzzz is right on man. Right on indeed. ZZZZZZZZZ, MF'n ZZZZZZZzzzzzz. Had to pull all the line off and respool it in the opposite direction too. Removed a little backing because I prefer a slightly loose spool (don't tell anyone that out of context please).



So now we roll forward with two G Loomis Adventure 3s - one strapped for 4 wt and one for 2 wt. They came to me, my preciouses. Note one is slightly more worn, and that same one actually wears the mark of human blood.

[this eve, after I had performed this task, I got an email from G Loomis; attached was a PDF diagraming the process as it is portrayed above; the device that determines handedness is called the roller clutch]

16 Comments:

OpenID roughfisher.com said...

I wish I had known you needed help; I would have told you to flip the clutch/roller bearing. Pretty much standard procedure on most modern disc drag reels.

Good looking setup you got now. Battle tested and raring to go. We need to go on a Buffalo hunt this spring.

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Blogger Royce Gracie said...

What? Loose stool.
Can't you just learn to cast with your other hand/arm, you'd be much more diverse. Interesting post.

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Blogger Wendy Berrell said...

I know this isn't "breaking news" of any sort - I just posted it because I noticed that there wasn't much info out there on it. Plus, reels are pretty.

A guy should learn to cast with both hands too, as noted above.

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