This Is Why Your Drag Is Silent (And How To Fix It)


Is your spinning reel drag silent?

This is a common problem that anglers run into and in this video, I’m going to show you how to identify the root cause of it.

It could be because of the way you spooled your reel, or an issue with the internal clicking mechanism, but the good news is that it’s pretty quick and easy to find the issue.

Then, once you’ve identified the problem, you’ll be able to fix it and get back to hearing that beautiful drag screaming again!

Check out the video below.

How To Fix Silent Drag [VIDEO]

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If your drag isn’t clicking anymore, it’s most likely because of one of these three reasons:

Reason #1: Your braid is free-spinning on the reel.

Since braid is so thin and soft, if you tie it directly onto your spinning reel, it likely won’t grip into it, and will free-spin if you get a big fish on.

Of course, when it’s free-spinning, the drag won’t be clicking because it’s not engaging.

To know if this is the issue, tighten your drag down and pull on your line.

If the drag clicks and the spool spins, then this is not the issue.

But if line comes off of your reel and the spool does not spin, then it likely is the issue.

To fix this, put some mono backing on your reel.

Reason #2: The gear on the shaft is broken.

The teeth of the gear on the shaft is what moves the drag clicker.

If this is broken, then your drag clicker won’t be making any noise.

Reason #3: The drag clicker is broken.

The drag clicker is a little piece inside of the spool that actually makes the noise.

It has a spring that makes it pop back into place and keep clicking.

If the spring is broken or worn out, or the piece is missing entirely, then the clicker won’t be making any noise.


If your drag isn’t making any noise, it may be because of one of the three reasons above.

Make sure your line isn’t free-spinning, and then check the gear on the spool and the drag clicker.

Have any questions about why your drag isn’t making any noise?

Let us know in the comments below!

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Adam Bailey
10 months ago

Thanks for the helpful vid, Tony!


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