What is Drag?

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What is drag? How does it work? And why is it important?

Simply put, drag systems are a mechanical means of applying variable pressure to the line spool or drive mechanism which creates friction. This works on the principle of multiple discs rubbing together face-to-face.

One set of disks is attached to the side of the line spool itself. Another set is attached to the reel’s cranking and anti-reverse system.

These discs typically have rough surfaces like high-grit sandpaper. When these surfaces are pressed together through the drag adjustment, their intimate contact creates resistance after hook-up.

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Pete, one of the most revered and popular anglers in the nation, has a tremendous love for the game… the fishing game. Pete’s vast knowledge of angling and ability to articulate it to audiences worldwide has endeared him to his fans who still see Pete as just “ONE OF THE BOYS”. Pete is also an accomplished and published outdoor writer and photographer as well as a sought-after speaker. In 2012 another of Pete’s ultimate fishing career highlights occurred when he was inducted into the Canadian Angler Hall Of Fame, something he never thought would happen. A Canadian fishing icon.

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