Re: How to determine max drag of fly reel (and surging drag)


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Posted by Jim Williams on 2013-08-27 15:42:44 in reply to Re: How to determine max drag of fly reel (and surging drag) posted by Michael Rosa on 2013-08-27 14:51:49

I don't know if these are available any longer, but I use a Chatilon with the moveable "washer" that moves with the indicator but stays in place once the pull is relaxed. I use a straight pull with a full spool right from the reel. When it's really important, I do it several times. Set the drag, measure, and then relax the drag. Set it again and repeat. Some reels will vary more than you'd imagine, even when set to the same number of detent clicks. That's part of the magic of Makos in that they don't vary at all. Most reels don't vary much, but a few do. It's hard to test for surging other than hooking the line to your lab (or the bumper of your Subaru) and having him take off like a fish. Usually surging is either a defect in the reel or due to a lack of maintenance.


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