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Sticky drag on reels

It is easy to determine if your reel has sticky drag.

The best way of detecting sticky drag is to hold the rod at a 45 degree angle while another person hold the line and briskly walk away from you. If the tip of the rod “nods” during this exercise, it is an indication that you might have a problem at hand. A sticky drag, although not serious might cause a fish to not take the bait in the water, as the fish is experiencing resistance when taking the bait. Fortunately sticky drag can easily be fixed by a quick trip to your local tackle shop, where they will sort it out very quickly
How to detect cracked guides:
Although cracked guides are difficult to see, they are usually revealed when the rod is under load. Cracked guides can cause a lot of damage to your line and might cost you a fish as it can weaken the line
To test for cracked guides, just use a piece of cotton wool and pull it through the guides. If pieces of the cotton get stuck to the guides, it means there is a problem. Once again, your local tackle shop will be able to replace the cracked guides in a short space of time.
Separating rod ferrules
Often it happens that the joins on a two or three piece rod just do not want to separate when being pulled apart. Here is a great tip to separate the pieces: Hold the rod behind your back while pulling the pieces apart. For some reason this works almost every time.

 
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