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Old 02-14-2011, 01:02 PM
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Default level winds

ALL level winds from ALL brands [if sold in the US] have a PLASTIC drive gear for the mechanism [usually in the left sideplate].
It is an engineered weak point, designed to fail on purpose if you get your finger caught in it.
When fishing for moderate-size fish [such as salmon], or even large fish like sturgeon that are slow, its not a huge issue.
Also, even with mono, but especially with braid, if the line gets "off synch" with the mechanism, and a fish is running under heavy drag with the line reaching all the way across the spool, it can also lead to failure.
That's the reason "True" big-game reels never have a levelwind.
Another disadvantage is when casting either max distances, or with delicate live baits, a levelwind can be a hindrance [a little OT].
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