I get so much grit in my spinning reels. I try not to drop them in the mud/dirt/gravel that dominates the creeks and rivers where I fish, but it's often unavoidable in the rush to unhook and release a fish, or when I slip in the snot-slick Maryland mud. As a result, there's grit in the bail and gears of both my favorite reels.

You always hear that saltwater reels are built to keep water out of their innards, but I have zero experience with them because I stick to freshwater. If I were to switch to a saltwater-rated reel such as the Kastking Kodiak, would it at least help keep the gear mechanisms grit-free? Is there a better solution, other than just "don't be so bad at fishing, you dingus"?

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