Glossary D

Disc drag

Disc drag

What is a drag system?

A drag system is a system that creates friction in the fly reel, in order to slow the rotation of the spool in the reel. The purpose of this is that when a fish takes off and is pulling off line, the drag acts as a 'brake' to make it harder for the fish to pull the line off, helping you tiring and eventually landing the fish.

To create this drag, there are 2 different drag systems that a reel can have: a click drag or a disc drag.

What is a disc drag?

A disc drag works by pushing discs against each other to create friction. It's a more complex system so it's often more expensive, but the upside is that it's more suited for hard fighting fish like tarpon or stripers.

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