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The Proper Way to Set Fly Reel Drag

July 23, 2011 By: Marshall Cutchin

In this week’s Ask the Expert column, Carl McNeil, Jim Bartschi, Dave Kumlien and Matt Supinski all respond to a reader question about the proper way to set the drag on a fly reel. As Phil Monahan summarizes: “The role that your reel’s drag plays in any fishing situation varies widely: you don’t need drag at all for many trout streams, and you can’t live without it when fishing for large saltwater species.”