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Haven't used this reel but a hand full of times and the drag is already weak. It may be my fault because I keep the drag cranked all the time, but none of my reels have had this problem. Too late to take it back to Academy, so what do I need to get, if anything, to get it working again? I'm not very smart when it comes to reels, so if it's something stupidly simple, I give you permission to point and laugh.

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Back off your drag when not in use. Keeping your drag locked down can flatten out the washers. I don't think that's happened already, but it's good advice for the future.

 

The non-carbon fiber drag washer in Shimano low-profile reels is pretty lousy but again, I doubt anything has happened to it already.

 

Did you just spool up straight braid? Braid can slip on the spool, giving the illusion of a weak drag.

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Back off your drag when not in use. Keeping your drag locked down can flatten out the washers. I don't think that's happened already, but it's good advice for the future.

 

The non-carbon fiber drag washer in Shimano low-profile reels is pretty lousy but again, I doubt anything has happened to it already.

 

Did you just spool up straight braid? Braid can slip on the spool, giving the illusion of a weak drag.

 

That's probably it. I've only used braid once so I didn't know that it would slip on the spool. I'll back it with mono tomorrow and make sure that is it.

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Happened to me once, too. Now you know!

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Happened to me once, too. Now you know!

 

Lol I had a feeling it'd be something simple. How much backing do I need?

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If it's a wiffle spool you can also tie your braid through the holes. A few wraps of electrical tape works well also. I use backing since I only spool up about 60 yards worth of braid. Unless it's a shallow spool. Then I use tape.

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A few turns all ya need like 3 foot

 

If it's a wiffle spool you can also tie your braid through the holes. A few wraps of electrical tape works well also. I use backing since I only spool up about 60 yards worth of braid. Unless it's a shallow spool. Then I use tape.

 

 

Gotcha. Thanks guys!

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Lol I had a feeling it'd be something simple. How much backing do I need?

None really.

All that's needed is tape on the spool to prevent slipping, backing is fine if the objective is to use less braid as the man line. 

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That was the problem. Backed it with just enough mono to cover all of the aluminum. No problems since. Thanks again guys!

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