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?   

14 comments:

Kevin Frank said...

There's a new trend with reels where they are silent. They don't make a noise at all when reeling in or if line is bing pulled out against the drag. Some of the manufacturers have found people are so used to this sound they actually put something in the reel that has no other function than making that clicking noise.

Brookfield Angler said...

As cool as the one way clutch thing is, I just don't ever find myself in a position where I wish I could pick up more loose line that much faster.

The click and pawl is a good enough set up for me on 4wt's and lower...maybe even a 5. Anything above that though, and I want something stronger but none of that has to do with a desire to pick up loose line any faster

Rainbow Chaser said...

Bill, I have fished fly reels that have both type drags, too. Don't know that I have a preference. Other than to say that for trout fishing most of us pay for and use drag systems that aren't really necessary in every day trout fishing. I did like the Orvis Battenkill reels, that is, before I didn't have them any more.

Bill Trussell said...

Kevin
This is one of the reasons I like the Venture, no noise on retrieve. Thanks for the comment

Bill Trussell said...

Rick
Loose line at my feet getting tangled under my shoes and anywhere else is sometimes annoying for me, especially if you have a good fish on and trying to get it on the reel as soon as you can. This is another reason I am into fast retrieve reels. Thanks for the comment

Bill Trussell said...

Mel
I agree one seldom needs the drag on most trout streams. I do have to utilize the drag when I am using my 6 wt. for Spotted Bass on my home lake. I too use a Battenkill and really like it's performance. Although I must admit I could get the bigger bass on the reel faster if I was using the clutch drag. Thanks for the comment

Brk Trt said...

I have used Battenkill disc reels for years, and I love them. I also just purchased a Redington Drift click and pawl and the sweet sound it makes is so fine.

Bill Trussell said...

Alan
I have both of those reels and the little 2/3 Drift reel has got to the lightness I have ever used. Thanks for the comment

Howard said...

I'm a bit of old school. I only have and use old Orvis click/pawl reels. I've used the Battenkill disc and like it, but just didn't find it necessary for the type of fishing I do. Since I've got about 30 reels with varying qualities and sizes I just switch out reels depending on my needs.

Bill Trussell said...

Howard
I could see where having many reels would give you a host of options--I think the Orvis fly reel is one of the best fly reels ever made. thanks for the comment

Bill said...

All I've ever owned so far are click and pawl reels. I do agree with Mel in that too much emphasis is put on the drag system when it comes to the average trout fisherman.

riverwalker34 said...

I have the Adventure 3 Loomis reel which I received as a gift in 2002 or so. I love it. Other than my Lamson, it's my go to 3/4 wgt. reel.

Bill Trussell said...

Josh you are the only blogger I know beside me who uses the Venture 3 fly reel----yes it is an amazing fly reel, I have 3 and hope they will bring it back soon. thanks for the comment

Michael Agneta said...

Just stumbled upon this post. I LOVE click and pawl reels. Anything under 6wt, that's what I prefer...especially 3 weight and under. If I want my reel to be silent, I'll fish tenkara! :) Seriously, I have the Redington Drift 2/3 for trout and an Albright (don't know the name) for panfish and the like...the Albright takes a beating and is still going. Great reel. Now that I live in Florida, I am realizing the need for a good drag system (sealed) if possible.