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    I hope I titled it by the proper terminology. I just bought my first click and pawl reel, and ABEL T/R2, and it should be this week to be fished this weekend. Is there a "proper" way or "tactic" to the click and pawl reel? Any Youtube's or Vimeo's someone could point out?

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    Do you mean something like "palming the rim" for additional drag?

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    I mean, what's the proper way to "palm the rim" or is there a proper way?

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    You may have to palm the rim if a fish wants to run on you, but other than that, fish it like any other reel.

    ---------- Post added at 09:15 PM ---------- Previous post was at 09:14 PM ----------

    Press your palm against the spool rim to slow down a fish.

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    As Dennis mentioned "Press your palm against the spool rim to slow a running fish".

    If I may add to what Dennis said.....start with light pressure from your palm just below the reel, over time you'll get a feeling as to where your drag should be set and just how much pressure you need to apply. Heavy tippet = more drag, light tippet = less drag.
    And one more your knuckles and avoid contact with the reel handle when you have a hot fish running, along with bruised knuckles, it can cost you the fish.

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    I have used Orvis CFO's and Hardy marquis reels for a long time and can say it will come natural for you. You needn't watch a film to get on to palming your reel. As long as you are fishing for trout the clicker may give you enough drag for all but the largest specimen.


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    The Abel TR series reels are nice! I had a TR-1. Ended up getting a TXL and matching it to a Click 3. The TR- series do not have a "adjustable drag" its a tensioning spring, that you should get a extra of. You have to preset what you want. Keep it loose enough you don't nest your line. They are spring creek rods mainly. But you'll get the hang of it when you get a fish on. Instinct will take over! You will have a lot of fun with that reel.


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    Maybe it's just the size fish I catch, but most times just using the pad of your finger as the drag will get you out of trouble and still prevent popping tippets.

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    Not that it's an issue here, but on spools without an exposed rim you'd stick your finger right inside the reel and finger the line.
    It's not rocket science (and many people hate that )

    Or you could do what I do...... but maybe not to an Abel

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    I actually made the transition from conventional dragged reels to all click and pawl except for SW and Carp a few years ago. I've caught everything that swims in FW except King Salmon in AK including some huge Silvers in AK, and MI Kings with click and pawl reels. Many of my reels don't even have palming rims, but I find adjusted properly a light bit of fingertip pressure is all that is needed. I'm convinced that for trout, especially on light tippets, C & P is the best system. A disc drag will not both prevent overruns and protect light tippets during hook set. It just can't do it.

    If you set your C & P properly you will not get overrun when a good fish takes a nice run. So your basic responsibility is to provide extra pressure. It's really not as hard or as much pressure as you think. Although I must admit, a big silver in AK can pull. The bigger C & P reels have larger pawls and heavier duty springs. For years these reels the go to reels for Atlantic Salmon, So they'll probably handle most of the fish you encounter.

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