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Drag setting

1378 Views 5 Replies 5 Participants Last post by  fishinswing
Having cleaned my TLD15 on the weekend after the drenching it received, I thought I'd get a bit scientific about resetting the drag. Working on the principle of setting the strike drag at 1/3 of line weight (rod and reel permitting), I pondered how best to do it, and some of my other reels while I was at it.

Now I have reels with 4, 6, 10 and 20lb line (why do we still use imperial measures for these? guess its uncle sam). This works out approximately to .6, .9, 1.5 and 3kg drag.

It occurred to me that by putting weights in a cloth bag and attaching the handles to a hook on the end of the line, I could easily set the drag without requiring any help. This worked well, except I had a little difficulty finding the right weights. My 1.5kg anchor was perfect, but what about the rest. Turns out to be simple. Just use a plastic bottle and add water - 1l water weighs 1kg (ok at 4 deg Celsius for the pedants out there) so it is just a matter of filling the bottle with eg 600ml water for .6kg and putting it in the bag. A 1.5l bottle filled combined with the anchor for 3kg weight.

Turns out to have been a worthwhile exercise as I had the drag on the TLD15 set way too heavy. Will also be using this to check my 4lb outfit regularly as it is so easy to overtighten the drag and I've lost some decent fish and expensive lures as a result.
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Thanks Dave i was wondering how i was going to set my drag right on my new reel.....as ive said ive had problem with setting my drag.......i lost some good fish at baroon pocket cos i set it to low.

Another great tip mate. :)
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