In this next segment I’m going to discuss different types of drag. One of the biggest debate is: which manufacture should I buy from and why? What makes a reel $70 vs $200? Am I just paying for the name?
I encourage you to start dissecting your reels and look past the manufacture name. Rather learn what design is best suited to your style of fishing. In this: Case drag systems. It will definitely play a roll in the price range and longevity.
Beyond the snazzy trade names, each manufactures drag systems will vary—most modern drags will come down to just a few materials. Higher quality reels, will have higher quality washers, materials and design can cause the price variance, and visa-versa.
I’ve attached as much information as I could possibly find on each manufactures system and material. These should help immensely understand each design. If there’s a manufacture that I didn’t mention (which there are plenty) and you would like the following information, give me a shout and I’ll do my best to retrieve it.
There’s some really great information within these file and from my experience there is no such thing as a completely sealed drag.
- Spinning: Versa-Drag HT-100 (Carbon Fiber)
- Conventional: Dura Drag
- Shimano: Dartainium and Dartainium II (Carbon like material) *Note: Fragile
- Rapid Fire Quick Change Drag System
I’m going to add the baitcaster and spinning maintenance instructions, because each of them has some info regarding the drag systems.
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