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Jimmy RodandReel

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Reel Drag
« on: March 06, 2015, 05:14:17 PM »
As a fisherman........Do you concider your reels drag performance of importance to you?

Me:
Yes VERY important!        I demand that my reels drag have a silky smooth feel no matter how tight or loose I have it set.
I cant stand a drag that jerks and jumps. This puts a lot of stress on your line and will cause you to lose fish.
  I now use aftermarket drag washer in all my reels and I still believe in backing off my drag when the reel in not in use. With today's newer reels many feel that its not as important as it once was, but I still feel that the drag washers need a time to "rebound"  is the best word I can find for it.
   



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Re: Reel Drag
« Reply #1 on: March 06, 2015, 05:22:50 PM »
Yes, yes, YES! Haven't always paid a lot of attention to it, until it costed me BIG TIME at Ky Lake. Now it is at the top of my priority list!

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Re: Reel Drag
« Reply #2 on: March 07, 2015, 07:34:13 AM »
I used to change them but haven't since I bought new reels a couple of years ago.  I do loosen the drags at the end of the day.  I mostly fish light line so I keep my drags pretty loose to avoid breakoffs.
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Re: Reel Drag
« Reply #3 on: March 07, 2015, 05:25:45 PM »
I guess I'm more finicky about the drag on my spinnin reels because of the lighter line but once I set the drag on my baitcasters for the day, I never touch it again until the end the day when I put them away and yes, I then back the drag off on ALL of my reels.
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Re: Reel Drag
« Reply #4 on: March 07, 2015, 05:34:06 PM »
Pretty much the same for me. If I respool on the water I will reset my drag. It's important to take the tension off at the end of the day. Whe I was tournament fishing I would respool everything each evening. Even if I hadn't used the reel. Now, I check my line on each bass but unless it picks up too much memory, it stays on for several days.
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Re: Reel Drag
« Reply #5 on: March 07, 2015, 09:31:09 PM »
I haven't backed the drag off my rat rods since the day I bought them.  I guess Jimmy had to back them off to clean em.   I will check my bait cast reels with mono at the beginning of the day.  Everyonce and a while the drag will some how get backed off.  I normally can tell if I set the hook and the fish jumps and throws a worm hook right off the bat.  The drag is the first thing I'll check.  9/10 times it got loose.  Tighten it back and let her rip.  I use a lighter rod than some others and let the rod take some of the abuse.  I guess you gotta catch real big fish to need drag.   (hmm)

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Re: Reel Drag
« Reply #6 on: March 08, 2015, 08:14:28 PM »
The reason I don't buy Daiwa reels from anywhere but Australia or Japan is because they are the two markets that get Carbontex washers as standard in the upper level reels.  When you hook a fish that can take 50 to 60 yards of line off you in one run you need a smooth drag that will keep going day after day.
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Re: Reel Drag
« Reply #7 on: March 08, 2015, 10:00:29 PM »
I have to admit that I set my drag in the Spring and it stays there until the fall, unless I feel like I need to adjust it form some reason.

I do back them all off (all the way) during the winter months.

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Re: Reel Drag
« Reply #8 on: March 08, 2015, 10:10:12 PM »
Ummmmm.     I backed em off before I sent them to Jimmy!      ???

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Re: Reel Drag
« Reply #9 on: March 09, 2015, 08:11:52 AM »
Ummmmm.     I backed em off before I sent them to Jimmy!      ???

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Re: Reel Drag
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Re: Reel Drag
« Reply #11 on: March 09, 2015, 09:21:44 AM »
I also agree

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