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The line broke on my little old Zebco reel. How in the hell do you rethread it when you can't find the end? I can see the line that's still in there, but I don't see how to take the reel apart to get to the line, without possibly destroying the whole thing.
There should be a nut that you remove to change the spool.
Okay. Thanks.
The problem was my laziness: working in dim light and trying to remove it with pliers instead of a proper wrench.
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Are you talking about the small hole the line comes out? If so you unscrew that whole part So if you where holding the rod backwards looking at the whole you turn it left. then grab the line, put it back through the whole then rescrew it on.
I got the outer cover off, but the line on the spool is totally inaccessible without taking the metal cover off of it.

This evokes memories...I worked in the Zebco factory for a couple of days, running the machine that prints the model numbers on the plastic covers. It turned out I had an unusual sensitivity to the MEK cleaning solution. The supervisor caught me staggering around like a drunken sailor and sent me to the ER.
The old Zebco's are tried and proven, but honestly, put it in storage and get an open face spinning reel and you'll have fewer operational problems.
The baitcaster/level wind reels are awsome too, but they also require patience and lots of practice, and I wouldn't recommend them for occasional fishermen/women.
Quote:The old Zebco's are tried and proven, but honestly, put it in storage and get an open face spinning reel and you'll have fewer operational problems.
The baitcaster/level wind reels are awsome too, but they also require patience and lots of practice, and I wouldn't recommend them for occasional fishermen/women.
I've never had a problem with any reel before. My kid messed it up. She had a catnip mouse on the line and was casting it for the cats to chase. She wouldn't say how she managed to break the reel off of the rod bracket and break the line.
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LOL
my advice would be to look at the line and see if it fills the spool to within 1/8 inch of the edge, if not, get some new line of the appropriate size(usually 8 or 10 lb test) and refill it by winding the line on very tightly at first and less tightly as the reel fills. this will make it cast lika a brannd new one, if spool is not close to 1/8 inch from full casting distance will be decreased.
I have caught many a fish on an old Zeb 33,
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