Here’s Why Your Drag Is Silent On Your Spinning Reel
Here’s why your spinning reel drag is SILENT.
I like to refer to this as “Ghost Drag”.
This happens when the line is peeling off of the spool but you don’t hear any clicking sound.
Learn why this is happening to you in the video below!!
Why Your Spinning Reel Drag Is Silent [VIDEO]
Normally you should hear a distinct clicking noise as the line comes off of the reel spool.
In other cases, you may not hear a sound at all or it comes and goes.
There are really two main reasons for this.
The first is if you spooled the braid on your reel without any monofilament backing.
You need something to help secure the braid to the spool.
Because braid is so slick, it will spin freely on the spool by itself if given the ability to do so.
A simple test you can do right at home to confirm this is to lock down the drag and try to pull on the braid.
If you see the entire spool of line itself spinning freely while the spool remains still, that means the braid is not secure to the spool.
You would then have to take that braid off and put monofilament backing or electrical tape on the spool.
The second reason for a “Ghost Drag” is some sort of mechanical issue.
You can check this by taking the spool off the reel.
All spinning reels may look a little different but they function mechanically the same.
When you remove the spool, take a look at the washers on the reel and make sure they are intact.
Flip over the spool and find a small metal mechanism with a point on it.
There is a spring attached to this metal mechanism that, if missing or damaged, can cause your drag to become silent.
That metal piece is ‘floating’ inside the reel and not coming into contact with anything to create the “clicking” noise.
To check if the spring is in place, move the metal mechanism and lift up so it snaps back into place.
If it snaps back into place, the spring is intact and undamaged.
If not, then the spring is broken, missing, or compromised in some way.
Keep in mind, just because the spring is broken or missing does not mean you can’t tighten down the drag.
You will still be able to tighten or loosen the drag but you must pay extra attention to the line coming off of your spool because you won’t be able to hear it.
This has a major impact on how you fish and control the drag throughout the trip.
If you have this issue with your reel, I highly recommend getting it fixed.
However, it does not fully compromise the performance of the reel itself.
It just needs more attention from you while you’re fishing.
If you can’t hear the drag on your spinning reels, perform these simple tests to see if it’s because of a missing or damaged spring.
It might be as simple as you don’t have any backing to secure the line, in which case that’s an easy fix!
I recommend getting this addressed and solved before hitting the water with silent drag!!
What questions come to mind about why your spinning reel drag is silent?
Do you know of any other solutions to this problem?
Please go ahead and share in the comments!!
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