Quote Originally Posted by Troutman View Post
Take the spool off the reel and rinse well with water. Might have some sand in it. If it is the Lamson Liquid reel, check the clearance around the spool rim that it is not bent in. I have had some problems with the spools cracking and chipping off. it is very thin cast material.
It is indeed a Lamson Liquid. Good guess! I'll give that a look over and see. I had a spool bend on it once before and Lamson sent me another one free. Makes a great, inexpensive FW reel.
The noise is almost certainly coming from the drag though. I've taken it apart and cleaned it a few times, but sand could certainly have found it's way in from some of the trout streams I fish.