I was fishing a 3 3/4 Dingley Perfect last week and for the first time noticed the handle knob would stick. I could eventually get the handle knob to spin but after day three in the rain, it pretty much locked up. Now that the reel has dried and been cleaned, the knob reluctantly spins, but nothing like it did prior to the recent trip. Any advice on how to remedy this problem?
Dingleys reel handles are well known to swell tight from being or getting wet , fishing in damp weather will cause this ,
When I had one that would do this , after a few days like yours they would go solid up and not even turn ,
IV tried just about everything with not much luck , even so much as bring reel in each evening and sitting over heat ,
The best fix i'v done is just remove the handle post from the reel , the tub which most handle sits in will unscrew also , once you have the handle off , I take a dremal tool to it and make it larger inside so when it does swell it still will have spare room and still turn and not make contact with the post holding it
Another fix is send away and get a new handle installed ,