How to Change Retrieve on your SEiGLER Fly Reel
This guide will work for all SEiGLER Lever Drag Fly Reels (SF, MF, & BF). All SEiGLER Lever Drag Fly Reels are built from the factory in the Left Hand Retrieve unless otherwise specified. This is a two-part process: 1) Changing Retrieve and 2) Changing Drag Lever Direction. Please complete both parts to ensure proper function.
Part 1: Changing Retrieve
Step 1: Remove Hub Cap
To remove red Hub Cap, grasp cap and pull away from Fly Reel.
Step 2: Remove E-clip
To remove E-clip, apply pressure with fingers and push the E-clip away and upward. You can easily remove E-clip with a removal tool, needle-nose pliers, small flathead screw driver, or hook. Be careful not to scratch the spool or Igus washer when using a tool.
Step 3: Remove Spool
Separate Spool from the Main Case by pulling away from each other.
Step 4: Swap Retrieve
To swap retrieve, remove the anti-rotation bearing from shaft, flip the bearing upside down, and reinstall on shaft. Be sure that the tan Igus washer remains on the outside of the bearing.
*If tan Igus washer remains inside spool as pictured above, it unnecessary to remove it.
Step 5: Reassemble Fly Reel
Place Spool back onto main case and install E-clip. Place the flat side of the E-clip against the tan Igus washer. Use both thumbs and apply pressure until the E-clip is fastened around shaft. Place the red Hub Cap back onto the Fly Reel and move onto Part 2.
Part 2: Changing Drag Lever Direction
Step 1: Remove Preset Dial
To remove blue Preset Dial, unscrew the dial counterclockwise.
Step 2: Remove Drag Lever
Lift the red Drag Lever away from the Fly Reel. Remove the Cam from the Drag Lever.
Step 3: Change Cams
You can find your other Cam inside your Travel Kit. Place new Cam inside the red Drag Lever dimple side up.
Step 4: Reassemble Drag Lever and Preset Dial
Place Drag Lever back onto the Fly Reel and screw on the blue Preset knob by screwing it clockwise. We recommend placing the Drag Lever in the middle position and tighten the Preset Dial until slightly snug.
Step 5: Test
Test the retrieve by placing the reel in your hands and rotate the spool as if you were reeling in. If you reverse the rotation, you should feel resistance. To test the Drag Lever, pull the Lever towards yourself (as pictured) - this should be the max drag position. As you push the Lever away from your body, the drag should lessen.
*Shown in the Left Hand Retrieve