DRAG TECH

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By all ac­counts, the use of car­bon fiber is one of the most im­por­tant ad­vance­ments in drag tech­nol­ogy dur­ing the past decade.

When com­pressed, it doesn’t have the same mem­ory found in pre­vi­ously used drag ma­te­ri­als. That mem­ory could cause a ma­jor is­sue if an an­gler failed to loosen a reel’s drag for stor­age.

Car­bon fiber also al­lows for the ap­pli­ca­tion of wet­drag sys­tems, which in­clude greases and can re­duce start-up in­er­tia and heat buildup. “We use Cal’s grease on Okuma lever drags,” says John Bretza, Okuma di­rec­tor of prod­uct de­vel­op­ment, “be­cause it has proved to help re­duce heat buildup.”

Shi­mano rep Bryan Wil­liams says that Shi­mano’s Dar­ta­nium II wo­ven car­bon­fiber drag ma­te­ri­als al­low smaller reels to put out a lot more pres­sure than in the past. “To­day I can hand a kid or a small woman a reel like a Trinidad 16, which any­one can handle, but it still puts out a lot of drag,” he says. “They fight the fish in­stead of fight­ing the gear.”

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