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Old 06-08-2011, 06:47 PM
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Testing the drag on a large reel
I just tuned in. I believe the reel in the myth caught on fire.
So far, no fire.

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yep, saw it some smoke, no fire....maybe they should have used dacron instead of braid....
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Taught me to never consider a star drag for trolling up big fish.
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First blue marlin I ever caught decided to hit a rod I had out for dorado - a Daiwa 450H star drag with 100 lb. spectra line. Worse yet, just the wife and I onboard and she was still afraid of operating the boat. That fish immediately took off greyhounding and hauling ass several hundred yards. By the time I got things under control and grabbed the reel, it burnt me and left blisters! Yes, there actually was smoke coming out of it, but no fire. Dumped a bottle of icewater on it, then proceeded to play, land and release the fish.

Washers were totally carbon when I tore it down after the trip for service, buy the reel still works fine and is still in service today.
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Originally Posted by Mardi-Gras View Post
yep, saw it some smoke, no fire....maybe they should have used dacron instead of braid....
How would the line type have any effect on the reel's drag catching fire?


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Originally Posted by 240 LTS View Post
How would the line type have any effect on the reel's drag catching fire?


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Their braid kept breaking from heat, last I checked dacron was a little more heat resistant...
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Their initial tests actually showed that different lines created higher reel temps. In the end they attached to a sidecar motorcycle, loaded the reel up with oil and only got smoke. After spraying the reel with starting fluid and introducing an open flame with a torch they were able to get a flame.
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Need some input from Alantani. Didn't they have felt drag washers on some older fishing reels?

Also - as you take line off a reel the effective spool size decreases. That would decrease the leverage of the line against the spool, and increase the pressure (apparent drag) on the line. They were probably breaking the spectra because the drag became too tight as they reeled off line.
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