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For years I fished all day, came home and hung the rods on the rack. Never touched the drags. I fish a lot, and even catch a few, and found that I was going through drag washers all the time.

Then I started religiously going through my reels and releasing the drags after use. Now every reel that isn't fishing has a fully-released drag.

No more worn out drags, except for those the sons use to winch in their few hundred Alaska fish each fall. Hmmmm.
 

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between the drag adjuster and the drag stack are two bent washers. they're put in so that the two washers provide a spring effect. releasing the drag allows these washers to relax. it was a few years ago that i read on ifish about loosening your drag at the end of the day and i kick myself each time i grab a rod and find that i've left the drag tightened.
 

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ah man!! what a drag :smile: ... thanks i wouldnt have even thought to do this and now have loosened the 8 reels hanging on my wall.. jocose
 
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