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Spinning reel drags in cold weather

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So today I pre set my drags at the house before heading to the lake. After fishing a bit I tested the drags again on both of my spinning rods and the drags were considerably tighter than when i had set them earlier. Does cold weather have an effect on spinning reel drags?

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I've never noticed a difference, but It's possible depending on the individual model I guess.

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How cold is cold? 

 

I'm a back reeler, so my drag sticking isn't a huge concern, but I've noticed in extreme cold they'll either slip or seem to tighten at times. I assume this is from moisture getting inside the reel and expanding. Seems to really be an issue once the air temps are below about 25*

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I suppose it could be an issue if you use a reel with greased drag discs.

 

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15 hours ago, JustinJ said:

Does cold weather have an effect on spinning reel drags?

I find that it does.  In freezing temps, they can get stuck, if they're not a sealed drag.  All my sub freezing set ups use a dry Carbontex set up.  This ensures the drags operate smoothly, regardless of temps.

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Interesting, I've never noticed this, probably will now though...lol

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Some greases get thicker in the cold, and sometimes water gets in there and freezes.

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