A Reel Drag

Edited By Jason Y. Wood
Illustration by Tom Waters

The pros place light-colored electrical tape on the frames of their reels alongside the drag levers, then place the rod in the holder and take readings with a scale. Instead of relying on vague terms such as "half-drag" and "three-quarter drag," they mark the actual resistance at different settings with an indelible marker.- Steve Kantner Ft. Lauderdale, Florida