How'd the screw get "snapped" then (instead of just unscrewing and falling out)?
Do you have the reel configured as LHW or RHW?
I find, when setup as LHW, pressure on side plate will unscrew spool and put pressure on screw holding in spool. If screw is loose, whole thing has come undone for me.
You have ensured spool nut was tightened correctly? it is opposite to a normal thread.
Not the first time reading about snapped screws here and I'm betting this is the cause of it. These reels are convertible - however the screw is still reverse-thread. Take a close look at your reels. You'll see that the spool mounts onto the shaft and the screw binds against a raised surface on the shaft, not against the spool. When all is nice and tight, the only pressure on the screw is what you apply to tighten it down. But when winding right hand even on a slightly loose screw - the spool does back-off binding against the head of the screw keeping it from falling out but eventually snapping off the head.Bignap;1069690[U said:I have it set up LHW but what UR saying makes alot of sense to me now, Because the screw was broken off inside once I put the sideplate back on and wound it backwards it tightened it back up once I was off the river.
Keep the screws tight and don't apply pressure to a fish by way of the winding plate. The spool face is bowl-shaped just for that reason - so that you can palm the spool when you need to. Also - pressure the fish with the rod and wind line as you bring the rod down instead of winching with the reel.