How often do you check your drag? - Colorado Fishing Forum

View Poll Results: Just curious what everyone's standard practice is in setting or checking your drag.
Only after I break a fish off, or think there might be a problem 1 1.20%
If I hook a fish that I think might break my line 3 3.61%
Once, at the beginning of the day 5 6.02%
At the beginning of the day and periodically through the day 53 63.86%
Only if I'm fishing someplace that I know holds a lot of big fish 0 0%
Any time I pick up a different rod during the day 13 15.66%
Drag, what's that? 3 3.61%
What? Me worry? 5 6.02%
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Old 11-01-2010, 01:36 PM   #1 (permalink)
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Default How often do you check your drag?

After reading yet another tale of the big one that broke off, I'm just wondering how often everybody checks the drag on their reels. With the decent drags available nowadays on even moderately priced reels, I don't understand why so many people report break-offs, unless they just don't take the time to set the drag properly, or don't know how to do it. The other possibility is improper adjustments being made while fighting a fish.

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Old 11-01-2010, 01:52 PM   #2 (permalink)
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Default Re: How often do you check your drag?

My oldest boy (2 1/2 years old) discovered the wonderful clicking noise made by tightetning/loosening drags this summer. Needless to say every one of my reels needs adjusted every time it is picked up.
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My oldest boy (2 1/2 years old) discovered the wonderful clicking noise made by tightetning/loosening drags this summer. Needless to say every one of my reels needs adjusted every time it is picked up.

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Old 11-01-2010, 02:00 PM   #4 (permalink)
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Default Re: How often do you check your drag?

Depends on the conditions. I've used 6 lb test the past few months, so I find myslef adjusting it a lot based on how big the fish feels on the line. I don't mind a 10 minute fight.
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When I am chasing big fish I check it often. I prefer to have my drag set loose and then crank it up as needed as opposed to having to adjust it after a fish kicks my arse.
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When I am chasing big fish I check it often. I prefer to have my drag set loose and then crank it up as needed as opposed to having to adjust it after a fish kicks my arse.
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Drag? I use a can and a string...

WTF is drag?
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Drag? I use a can and a string...

WTF is drag?
Cans don't float. Use a water bottle instead.

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I use the method described here:

http://www.fieldandstream.com/blogs/...ountry-old-men

It'll be half way through the video in the hardcore tackle portion.



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Default Re: How often do you check your drag?

Everytime I switch rods I check the drag. Generally I will double check it a few times in a couple hours. I generally fish with light tackle, 4lbs or less, so I have it set light to begin with.
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