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Old 03-05-2016, 01:24 PM
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Default stripping vs. reeling in

Reading some of the posts has me thinking. The reliance on a drag system is only useful if you are reeling the fish in. Also, a small/large arbor should have no bearing on a fish that is retrieved by stripping. Yet both of these attributes (especially arbor size) are touted by almost all of the reel makers. Is technique changing? Is stripping falling into disfavor because of larger arbors with faster retrieve, and better, more reliable drag systems?
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Default Re: stripping vs. reeling in

I suppose if I unexpectedly needed my drag I would want a good one. That said I don't stress about the drag on my lighter reels. I usually prefer to get a fish on the reel or close to it, so I don't have a lot of line at my feet or down stream, but it is rare that a trout I catch really needs to engage the drag. On heavier reels I pay attention.
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Default Re: stripping vs. reeling in

On the local rivers and lakes I fish I always strip, never used a drag yet. If I ever hooked a monster, no doubt I'd have to palm the reel since the drag is always backed off. I'd think it also depends of the fish size, biggest trout I've ever caught were about 23" but generally way less than that. And yes I DO have a nest-ball of line at my feet after bringing in a decent size fish.
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Default Re: stripping vs. reeling in

It all depends on how much line I have at my feet versus how much is between my rod tip and the fish. If its quicker to strip, I'll strip. If its quicker to let the last bit of line play out and reel, I'll reel.
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Default Re: stripping vs. reeling in

The arbor on a large arbor reels, really comes into play when a fish is into the, especially when it is deep into it. as far as stripping vs. the fish will decide for you by taking all the loose line or not.
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Default Re: stripping vs. reeling in

I always put fish on the reel, no matter the size. I've had too many dart around when netting and get tangled in the stripped line. Not only have I lost fish because of that, but it is not only a pain for you to get untagled, but probably not the best for the fish either.
I do strip whenever doing any type of retrieve.
I don't think the larger arbors are for any type of technique, simply convenience. It's nice to have a reel pick up line more quickly, whether putting a fish on the reel faster, or just picking up all the line between holes.

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Default Re: stripping vs. reeling in

Totally situational in my opinion, I generally try to get all bigger fish on the reel if it's somewhat convent but if my line knots up or it means risking losing tension on the fish I'll keep stripping. I Definitely think it's more important for saltwater fishing, I've got some bad cuts from the line when fish take runs and the salt creates friction
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Default Re: stripping vs. reeling in

Like nevadanstig says I don't like the fish tangling in the line streaming down current.
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Default Re: stripping vs. reeling in

Between William and Nevadan, they hit my reasoning. Unless the fish is really small or I don't have much line out, I try to put the fish on the reel or close to it. I lost a big trout due to a pile of line getting tangled in things. So, I do strip in line, but only to a point.

With arbors, a large arbor makes it easier to do the above and everything else. Large arbors just pick up line faster and give you more control of said line.
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Default Re: stripping vs. reeling in

I'll strip if fish is doing wacky darting around. 99% I'll get to the reel on them to keep loose line from getting wadded up.

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