alan tani @ alantani.com fishing reel repair rebuild tutorial Tinkering With The 306
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« on: October 19, 2019, 04:06:06 PM »

  I really like this 306. Although the power of the 302 is more suited to what I need, for a guy who likes ultralight spinning reels the 302 is a hulking, awkward beast. The 306 just feels better balanced. With some tweaking applied to the drag system, the 306 squeaks into the power range I'm needing. For catfishing, I also like the larger gear teeth on the 306, as compared to the 406 with it's higher speed and thinner gear teeth.
   These first two pics are from the eBay listing of the 306 I bought...typical soft focus...but not really needed in this case. This reel was near mint.




   There are a few things to watch for on these reels. One is the pinion key, circled in green below. This thing can get lost easy...be careful! The yellow arrow points to the rotating head lock, note how well your Penn wrench fits that slot.



   I love the pinion bearing on this reel, a big fat Oilite bronze bushing, the ultimate low maintenance bearing.



   I had a 306/406 PUM burning a hole in my pocket...it's found a home!



   It's a fact...simple designs are great. Mitchell's "take it apart with a coin" campaign was a great selling point.



   When taking the spool apart the first thing I noticed is there are no fiber washers used in the drag system. The spool spins top and bottom on plastic. It did seem to work alright, but there was room for improvement. It was smooth, but had a bit of "start up". I think the power was so low because the plastic worked much like Delrin or Teflon, very slippery. The pic below shows how there are recessed areas in both the spindle and the drag bearing. You thinkin' what I'm thinkin'?  



   Oh yeah...now we're getting somewhere!



   That drag bearing needs some carbon fiber on the top side too, between it and the brake spring, which is keyed to the spindle. Now the spool is spinning on greased carbon fiber top and bottom. Power increased a bit, and start up is history.



   I needed a way to decrease the spool capacity for braid, and this South Bend spool adapter looked like it might work with a bit trimmed off.



   It worked out just right...the spool held 200yds. of 30lb. braid.



   Here's a before and after view of the gear box. I guess you'd call it...clean and cleaner?



   Topped off with a sweet power knob on the handle, this reel is ready to get wet. Hope I don't scratch it! Cool



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« Reply #1 on: October 19, 2019, 04:20:05 PM »

Very nice, what thickness of carbon fiber??   I added a Teflon washer to the lower part of the spool it smoothed out the original drag, thinking of adding carbon fiber.  I'm in the process of replacing the reels on my GFs catfish ugly stiks and I think the 306 balances the rod better and is way better looking than using a 300.

Really like the handle on that reel!!
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« Reply #2 on: October 19, 2019, 04:28:34 PM »

Very nice, what thickness of carbon fiber??   

   I used .030 since the recess is about .015, figured that wouldn't upset the line lay too bad.
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« Reply #3 on: October 19, 2019, 04:51:19 PM »

Nice upgrade to the drag system and PUM, Mo. 
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« Reply #4 on: October 19, 2019, 04:59:32 PM »

Great write up, Mo !
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« Reply #5 on: October 20, 2019, 08:09:46 PM »

Nice adaptions, Mike. That should be a nice reel to fish with.
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