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Help, problem with drag

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OK, I had a Quantum Smoke speed freak on a Tatula heavy froggin rod. Twice the drag stopped working. I mean I had no drag at all on the reel. I thought it was the reel, however I put a Lew's Super Duty on the rod, and the same thing happened today. Bass hits, try to set the hook, and no drag. Anyone have any insights as to what could be the issue? As a side note, I had the Lew's on another rod and never had a problem. Thanks for the help.

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It's impossible for the Rod to have any affect on drag. Most drag/braid issues are result of failing to use backing. 

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You got your answer. The line is slipping around the spool. 

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Thanks. By backing you mean, either mono or fluorocarbon correct.

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Do yourself a favor. Get yourself a  330 yard spool of Stren Original Clear Blue mono in 14 pound test. It will cost you $8.00. Another great option is a 1200 yard spool of 14 pound  Bass Pro Excel for $11.  Now if you do not have one, get a Berkley Line Winder. It costs $20 from Cabelas and lots of other places. Look here  http://www.cabelas.com/product/fishing/fishing-line/line-winders-strippers-tools|/pc/104793480/c/104719680/sc/103939380/berkley-reg-line-winder/1729189.uts?destination=%2Fcatalog%2Fbrowse%2Fline-winders-strippers-tools%2F_%2FN-1100388%2FNs-CATEGORY_SEQ_103939380                                           

It allows you to securely hold your reel in place and hold your bulk spool of line under tension. Now all you need to do is make sure the line goes on the reel nice and smooth. Make sure you tie a good tight arbor knot. Check youtube to review this knot. Make sure after you tie it, the line can not slip on the reels spool. That is the problem you are experiencing now.  Once you fill your reel half way with the mono you can fill the reel up the rest of the way up with the braid or fluorocarbon you had to remove from it.  Use a uni to uni knot or a "FG"knot. .See Youtube to learn these knots.  This should take care of the problems you are suffering with. Also when you use the Berkley Line Winder make sure you put the bulk spool on the arm so that the line comes off the top of the spool for a baitcaster. Install it on the arm so the line comes off the bottom when spooling a spinning reel.  I use the same mono backing regardless what the reel is, either spinning or baitcaster. You can cut the cost to spool a reel a bunch. One half of a reel of mono costs less than $3.00. A $15 spool of Power Pro Spectra braid can now fill more than 2 reels. This saves me money using braid but really saves money when using super expensive fluorocarbon. 

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That is what most use, but you could just use a strip of black electrical tape on the spool if you want to spool up with just braid.

You don't need to waste the line you have on. if you have another reel, use it to rake the line off (or spool that reel with the braid) and then put it back on the first reel.

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If you have a Sportman's Warehouse near you they have 400yd Zebco spools for $4. I know guys that use electrical tape as well. I wouldn't do it, but it's a one time ever thing. 

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