Salt water infects the vital workings of reels like a disease. Countless opportunities exist to catch the affliction. If saltwater exposure remains unchecked, a reel faces a short life span. That’s why manufacturers continue to innovate and incorporate new technologies in their designs. Thankfully, most of today’s saltwater-tough reels feature sealed internal workings, anodized metals such as aluminum, and additional coatings to block and protect against salt.