Originally Posted by Jackster
Would it not be easier to rinse your line and backing after playing in the salt and wouldn't that all dry faster with a ported reel?
Do you really trust any reel to have a truly hermetically sealed drag?
I just strip the line off and rinse it then apply line dressing after using it. I don't worry about the backing - I'll be dead long before the anodizing gets eaten through even if it stays wet. Although I use JB hollow spectra for backing, I've never had a problem with dacron rotting in the past either.
I trust the Nautilus and Mako waterproof drags. I have never heard of any problems with Mako whatsoever - even from one that was lost on a reef and retrieved the following year with scuba gear. The drag setting was still perfect, and the owner just pried the barnicales off it and fished with it.
The only problem I've heard of with the new Nautilus was one reference somewhere on this site, but he didn't specify what the problem was and I can't find the post. I've heard of no others on any other sites or from guys I know who sell them. I've had no problems with mine at all either, though it's only a bit over a year old. It's handled about a dozen large tarpon so far wthout any issues and I really like it.
The semi-sealed drags I don't like at all as I've had trouble with both the brands I own. The salt water gets into them and they quit working properly. I have a two Coltons and a Ross BG 5 that way. The only way to clean them is to submerge them in hot soapy water while spinning the spool backwards. But this also removes the grease, and cuts way down on the life of everything.
It also weakened the bond between stainless plate and friction disc on one of the Coltons , and it tore off the stainless and jammed up inside the drag housing - ruining it. Fortunately, only a pesky little Cuda was on the other end.