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Front drag or Rear drag?  :)

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I like a rear drag better.  Funny you brought this up, I've been wondering lately if one is mechanically better that the other. :-/

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Definite preference for front drag.

I'm waiting for the big reveal...

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I like a rear drag better. Funny you brought this up, I've been wondering lately if one is mechanically better that the other. :-/

I vote front drag. I had read somewhere that front drag spinning reels typically have larger diameter drag washers than comparable rear drag reels. It may not make a difference, I don't really know.

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Front drag do have a stronger more consistent drag.

And it's what the Pflueger Supreme comes in. :)

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Front for me, purely from an aesthetics POV. Those rear drags stick out like a fat, swollen, bee-stung thumb.

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Rear drag is a matter of convenience.  It's easier to get to while fighting a fish.  But because of it has to come up through the middle of the drag washers, it requires a larger hole, and therefore less drag material.  So with all else being equal...  front drag is smoother.  A front drag reel will also be noticably lighter.

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Front for me, purely from an aesthetics POV. Those rear drags stick out like a fat, swollen, bee-stung thumb.

yep....front for me

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I like on the front but for saltwater that might be a different story.  

If you have a large fish on and you're trying to tire the fish out, the rear drag comes in handy.  Just seems easier to adjust.

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Front.

I've owned four rear drag reels over the years and none of them featured a non-sticky drag.  The best of the lot as far as the drag went was a Spirex 2500RE.  Caught two 15 lb. stingray with it, the drag never missed a beat.  The same couldn't be said for my two older Daiwa WE1355's that struggled with anything heavier than a pound.

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I prefer front drag also,I have a tendency of putting my hand right in front of the reel but on the  rod blank when I hook one with some shoulders.I can adjust the drag without looking at it and keep my eyes on my line.

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Let me get this clear y'all saying I need a front drag :)

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For those that mentioned making adjustments while fighting a fish:

Set your drag, initially with a scale until you have "a feel" for where

it's set. Check your drag before every outing and occasionally during

the day. Never adjust the drag while fighting a fish...NEVER.

8-)

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Many advocate backing your drag down during storage, I do just out of habit, so you need to reset every time you go out.  My drag is set by feel and varies depending on my presentation.  For example I set a heavier drag when I plan on using a harder hook set, conversely I ease up the the drag for spoons or hard jerkbaits and just use a wrist flick to set the hook.  I will adjust my drag during a fight, but that doesn't make it right, I do lose some that way.

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For those that mentioned making adjustments while fighting a fish:

Set your drag, initially with a scale until you have "a feel" for where

it's set. Check your drag before every outing and occasionally during

the day. Never adjust the drag while fighting a fish...NEVER.

8-)

Under "normal" freshwater fishing conditions I would agree, but I think it can be helpfull in certain circumstances.  For example, I sometimes like to take my crappie rig (UL rod & 4lb line) & fish for carp out of a kayak.  It can take 15 to 30 minutes to land a large carp.  I start with my drag very light, and by the end of the fight I'll have the drag all the way down (right at 4 lbs).  By that time they aren't making any moves the rod can't absorb.  I'm not saying adjusting the drag (in this case) is absolutely necessary, but I do think it's a usefull tool.

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