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Troubleshooting for Conventional Reels

Possible Cause: Heat build-up.
Solution: When a fish goes on a screaming run, friction from the drag causes heat to build up in the reel. All Fin-Nor reels have drags that are designed for extreme conditions to minimize and dissipate heat rapidly. If a fish is allowed to run excessively, the heat could build up faster than it is possible to dissipate, and you could potentially see a small effect on the drag setting. If this happens, it will return to normal once the parts cool back down as they are designed to do.

Possible Cause: Cranking against the drag.
Solution: If you hold the spool and turn the handle until the drag slips, you may feel a slight bumpiness. This may also be felt if you are cranking against the drag but not turning the spool while fishing. This is normal on all lever drag reels and is no indication of the drag smoothness. The drag smoothness can only be judged by pulling line off of the spool, turning the drag only.

Possible Cause: The spool wasn’t released at the right time.
Solution: When making a cast with a lever drag reel, place your thumb on the spool to prevent line from coming off while moving the lever all the way back to the “Free” position. Bring the rod back and then forward in one swift motion, releasing the spool during the forward motion, allowing the bait to be cast. Preventing backlash takes practice!

Stop the spool with your thumb as the bait enters the water, then move the lever to the correct position for your application.

Possible Cause: Not enough pressure on the spool when casting.
Solution: When deep-dropping lead or dropping back a bait, keep slight pressure on the spool with your thumb until the bait reaches the desired position to prevent backlash. When feeding out line, you may need to pull line from the spool. When doing this, keep slight pressure on the spool with your thumb, or you can use slight drag pressure or the clicker to prevent backlash.

Possible Cause: The spool wasn’t released at the right time.
Solution: When making a cast with a star drag reel, place your thumb on the spool to prevent line from coming off while flipping the Release Lever down to the release position. Bring the rod back and then forward in one swift motion, releasing the spool during the forward motion, allowing the bait to be cast. Preventing backlash takes practice! ;You can use the tension knob for cast control, by slightly tightening the knob to apply resistance to the spool.

Stop the spool with your thumb as the bait enters the water. Now flip the Release Lever up to the engaged position and slightly turn the handle to put some pressure on the spool to insure it is fully engaged.

Possible Cause: Not enough pressure on the spool when casting.
Solution: If you are letting out a bait, such as deep dropping, keep slight pressure on the spool until the desired position is reached to prevent backlash. Some models contain centrifugal brake weights on the spool to help prevent backlash. These are designed to optimize casting distance, but can be removed if desired.