Re: Drag on a fly reel
I'll use Sage reels as an example.
Their reel drag knobs are numbered 1-10. Setting 1 is pretty much letting the fish have line at his will. Setting 10 will stop the fish or snap your tippet because the drag stops the reel from spinning, or almost stops it.
There is also a click and pawl style reel. Same principals, but there is not a drag to engage. The reels lightest setting is like free spooling and the tightest setting is still letting line from the reel, no stopping power like a disc drag reel. People use their hand as their drag called palming the reel.
I usually keep my drag setting maybe on 4 or 5 setting and control the line with my trigger finger.
Hope that helps
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