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What Does Maximum Drag really mean?

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tdnwilson
Anon128
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Hi all,

I have a question. if the Reel spec says Max Drag 25 lbs. What does this really mean? how is this drag related to the fish weight, if any?

I would like to understand about the maximum drag so i can set my drag accordingly when water current is slow and when it is strong etc…

And assume I will use 14 lbs line with this reel. and I will set my
drag 50% or at 12.5 lbs for this reel.
So here are the questions:

1. Then when a 12 lbs steelhead is hooked, what happen to the reel?
– A. When water current is slow? (keep drag the same)
– B. when water current is strong? (increase the drag, but by how much?)

2. Then when a 25 lbs steelhead is hooked, what happen to the reel?
– A. When water current is slow? (increase the drag, but by how much?)
– B. when water current is strong? (increase the drag, but by how much?)

These answers will help me operating and use the reel, set the drag correctly

Thanks

Fishingdad
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I have followed this information that I got with a shimano charter special. The theory should work with any reel I would think..
the “STRIKE” drag at approximately one-third of the line test. For example, if you
are using 20 lb. test, the strike drag should be no more than 7 lbs. Using 30 lb.
test, it should be no more than 10 lbs.

hope this information helps.

Fish-a-Palooza
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I knew there was a reason there was instuctions in the box.

I don’t know if this will be helpful but I set mine by feel and depending what is happening.

I set just enough drag so it doesn’t peel off while it’s set in the downrigger.

If I’m casting, I set the drag so I can peel some off by hand. Not too loose though.

If I’m fighting a fish, I set the drag as needed. I want it tight enough to tire the fish and not break the line, but not so loose that it can spool me or shake the hook.

It’s all done by feel, but at a minimum drag must be set on the first cast.