Re: How Does the drag work?
The Finalist is a low cost import copy of the Hardy featherweight. The drag is a click and pawl. If working properly it should apply just enough pressure to prevent the spool form over running. To apply additional pressure (large fish on the reel) you must apply it manually to your line on the spool. I suspect (unless it's a an early American made one) it will function marginally but should be OK for most panfish and trout fishing. Basically it is a very basic reel just designed to store line.
MW Cortland Rep