I hope to use this blog as an avenue to express my thoughts and adventures of all of my fishing expeditions and any other journeys I may undertake.
Friday, March 29, 2013
Click & Pawl Drag or The One Way Clutch Drag--Which??
This past week has been
Spring Break for most of Alabama
and the weather has been nothing like spring. In fact the only day that might
be good for fishing would be Friday, when I will go. Cold days and nights can make fishing
horrible anywhere and that includes the South. So with some time on my hands
this week I decided I would search the net for another Gloomis Venture 3 Fly
reel. This fly reel was discontinued by Gloomis last year, why I don’t know but
in my mind they discontinued a fantastic fly reel. It had the one way clutch
drag feature which enables one to retrieve coils of line at your feet back on
the reel in a matter of seconds. Spinning the face of the reel will accomplish
this. I found while searching that most of the fly reels descriptions listed on
the net never mention this feature and better yet the tech support personal at
Cabelas and Bass Pro didn’t have a clue about a one way clutch drag, quick
release or free spool when it pertains to fly reel drags. If you notice when
descriptions are written for fly reels, there is more information about the
appearance of the reel as opposed to the type drag. The only fly reel I found that
mentioned the one way clutch was the Pflueger Trion. The Pflueger retrieves
line as fast as the Gloomis. I know that a lot of us still use the old click
and pawl drag, which is used on the Redington Drift and the Orvis Battenkill reels.
Don’t get me wrong I like both drag features and have the Redington and the
Orvis reels, but I am still partial to the Venture because of the quick retrieve.
I never found another Venture in all my searching, but I found out some things I
didn’t know about drags on fly reels. What is your preference the click and
pawl or the one way clutch fast retrieve?