Cleaning A Penn 722 Greenie Fishing Reel
I asked Bill McGee to take apart and service my grandfather’s Penn 722 “greenie” reel that I want to fish.
Bill said cleaning it and preserving this reel would be easy. If I wanted to fish it, he would have to replace some parts. I told him to replace whatever needed to be done. I plan on using this for freshwater fishing on a ultralight rod. I want to catch one fish again on my grandfather’s old Penn 722.
That line has been on that reel for as long as I can remember. The rod was stored hung on a wall. I have a great spot to hang it back up and use it again. The question will be what kind of line will I put on this Penn 722.
Bill replaced a few washers on the Penn 722 “greenie”. I can’t fish it if we don’t have proper drag and strength.
I might get the rod reworked that came with the reel. This rod and reel lived on my grandfather’s wall in the wood shop for as long as I could remember. Once in a great while we would be allowed to use this setup, it was his favorite
For its age and the fact this was one of the cheaper Penn reels. It is in really great shape.
As old as it is the insides look really good. The plastic parts will be replaced.
Now that you have it all apart yo can clean the parts with Flitz. Then wash the parts off with vinegar, or soap and water.
Once you have the reel reassembled. Grease all of the components. You don’t need to pack it full of grease. Just do a light service in the winter after the season. Many people back in the day would pack reels with grease. it isn’t necessary. Unless you are planning on dunking it in saltwater a lot. You can see in the above picture that the crosswind is greased.
Big thanks to Bill McGee for fixing up this old Penn 722. Now I can fish with it instead of looking at it on the wall. I have a great spot for it in the man cave with all the gear.