I guess I'm confused again
You say to get the fish on the reel because the reel's drag is better than I am. But I can't see how my drag will come into play unless I actually let go of the handle and palm the spool. Or is that what you are talking about?
And remember, I have yet to fish with my new fly rod. All I've done is take it out of the box and stare passionately at it (while my wife glares at me). So maybe I'm missing something obvious here that I'll see on first use.