How to Tie the Clouser Minnow Fly – Saltwater and fresh water streamer fly

Today we are going to tie the Clouser minnow arguably one of the most popular and versatile streamer patterns ever made Originally created back in the 80's by Bob Clouser, a legendary fly tier, instructor and fisherman We will start by wrapping our thread halfway to the bend of the hook Prepare your hook for tying in a dumbbell eye Select the dumbbell size

Smaller dumbbells will allow the fly to sink slower, larger eyes will sink faster The choice is up to you Tie in your dumbbell For more detailed information on tying in dumbbells properly, click the video link above Now cut and prepare your buck-tail (for more information on preparing bucktail, click the video link above) The thickness of your buck tail will depend on how bushy or thin you want your fly I am using about a half of a pencil thickness To tie in your bucktail easily, make two loose wraps, then tighten the thread

Make sure the bucktail is sitting on top of the hook, and not covering the eye of the hook Make a few wraps to lock the bucktail in place Now pull your bucktail tight, and wrap behind the dumbbells and to about half way to the bend of the hook We will now be tying on the other side, so flip your fly over in the vice Measure another chunk of bucktail, and prepare it for tying in When tying in, make sure the bucktail is sitting on top of the hook Now we will tie in a bit of flash

I am going to use a chartreuse krystal flash I tie in the flash at the center of the bunch Then pull the other side over, and lock it into place Now we will tie in the back color bucktail after preparing it In this case I am using chartreuse It is important to prepare this clump properly or you will not get a nice tapered head on your fly Refer to my "preparing bucktail" video link at the top if you do not already know how to do this

We will want to build a nice tapered head on the fly, and cover all the bucktail tightly Now we can whip finish the fly While not 100% necessary, to finish this fly, I like to add a bit of Epoxy In this case I am using UV curing epoxy because its much easier than the mixing stuff Make sure that the threads are covered completely before curing You can also add a drop of super glue, or paint on some head cement But I find epoxy looks nicer, and is more durable

This fly is one of those flies that is almost always in my box They are great for fishing most saltwater, and fresh water fish It really is one of the most versatile streamer patterns ever created If you like this sorta thing, subscribe to my channel And leave your questions in the comment section below Now get off your butt and go catch some fish!

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Oeana at the Deep Sea Fishing Rodeo: Testing for Mercury

Jaqueline Savitz>> Oceana came to the Alabama Deep Sea Rodeo because it was a great opportunity for us to sample a lot of different kinds of fish all in one place And it's a real win-win opportunity for us because the anglers are actually out there getting the fish for us, bringing them in to us, and we test them and we can provide the information back to them

And we're hoping to fill some data gaps here We're looking at some fish that haven't been sampled as frequently, that we don't have that much information on, and also looking at some fish that we do know a lot about that we think might be high in mercury and try to reinforce that data And once we do that, we hope that we can inform recreational anglers and fish in the gulf of mexico so that they can make informed choices about what they eat, what they feed their families, and maybe even what they go out looking for

Huge Trout from the River Exe – Flyfishing

okay so we've had loads of rain and so I'm just coming down here just to have a look see what the rivers like before I step foot into it Okay as you can see, two foam lines coming through, this ripple into this pool

I'm just going to go into the pool, well in the middle of the pool That's as far down as I can get access And I don't know what I'm doing! But hopefully I can catch a trout We've had lots and lots of rain, at last, but there's a lot of color in this river which is normally clear and I don't know if I can catch a trout in these conditions let's try, oh hello, oh no now I've not supposed to have cast to that I was supposed to have waited There you go That's why I come to the River Exe

Now is that a trout or a grayling I think that might have been a, yeah, I think that's a trout Gosh, struth! I couldn't get the line in quick enough! Ah, my word! There we go gorgeous trout number two Shit! That was a bloody good fish! Oh Fantastic! Look at that A big old fly needed to get it up! Very nice! What what the f hell is this?! What is this? I have no idea what I've hooked, If it's a trout it's the biggest trout I've ever caught! I've never had a trout run like this before! I don't want to lose this I've no idea what it is! there it is, if I can get it closer I think it's a sea trout I don't know Whatever it is it's huge! Is it a rainbow? Whatever it is it doesn't like the net! I do believe it's a sea trout, and my net isn't big enough for it! Ha ha ha, that is fantastic!! My word! and let's hold that beast up look at that beautiful, beautiful fish (it was a brownie after all! absolutely, that is fantastic! I'm sorry I can't quite believe I caught that! The size of that fish! I'm going home! I am going home! ha ha

How to Pick the Right Fishing Boat | Saltwater Fishing

"Hi, my name is Captain Layne Wagner of Hawk One Charters I've been a captain for over 40 years

I've fished all over the world and now I'm up here in Long Island, New York You can find me online at Hawk One Charters, wwwhawkonecharterscom I'll be talking to you today about saltwater fishing

The saltwater fishing there are three basic boats that I'm gonna discuss right now One is an inshore, bay flats boat, one is an offshore, near shore fishing boat and one is a deep sea fishing boat Now these boats can be interchangeable, but they each have their specific use The inshore bay flats boat goes in shore, shallow water fishing, back bays Then there's the near off shore which goes in deeper water, it's a little larger, a little stouter a little sturdier, able to take rougher water

Then you have your deep sea boat, thirty or more feet, tuna, sail fish, sword fish, deep sea fish So that's the basic three types of boats there are "

Fly Fishing Equipment : Setting the Drag in Fly Fishing

Ok, there's a few things about the reel you need to know One is the drag

Usually you want to set this drag just tight enough so that when you grab the line and give it a nice jerk, you don't get a backlash You set it too much tighter than that and you have the problem of breaking the fish off The fish has to pull hard enough to pull that line off the reel If you set it too loose, then you have the opposite problem where the fish grabs your line and takes off and you get a backlash and now you've got a knotted up mess in your line, which is not good So, that's basically what you want to do with the reel drag is just set it tight enough that you can give it a good tug without having a backlash

Women and Children Fish Like the Pros

There's a myth behind women and children I personally think they catch fish just as good as anyone else and sometimes even better than the professional fisherman that want to do with their way

They listen to our mates, they get in the chair they turn their tips and their rods and reels the correct way because there's a coach right there teaching you And let me tell you something Some of the women and children to come on board have cought some of the biggest fish and I'm not just saying that Looked at 58 pounder that was caught last year by a juvenile who was only 12 years old and some other women that have come on with 55 and 56 pound fish they listen and they do it right We have groups of women now that are literally chartering his boat because the way we catch fish – our professionalism and the cleanliness of the boat, these are all important factors to having a good catch and having good people realize what they're getting

Floating the Bighorn River – Fishing For Brown Trout – Part 1

whats going on guys welcome to today's show I'm here with Tyler Collins and my good friend Conor we're out here to do some fly fishing and it's kind of a special deal Conor found his way down here for 3 days and I got the week off work and Tyler wanted to join

We're going to be hitting Trout, some walleye, smallmouth maybe?" Stay tuned, gonna be a good one! Music Playing Conor is going to try and catch us a walleye little bit more in that seam yea there you go kinda stip your slack up now kinda strip it just gently make that thing move there you go,now just mend it oh yea there it is, NICE I F***** guarantee you couldn't do this watch me , i'll snag one this close to em? No, and it's New Zealand water Your watching these trout, and you'll fish em tomorrow and there moving and there grooving and then you put that bug in their and they'll go over and eat your bug and you watch it all you"re literally fishing New Zealand water " You have that for 13 miles " Theres one Guides Choice guides choice the bug he had " let em run Fool' That's funny "nobody listens to Tyler" What's the bug? poodle sniffer, or cadis Put em in the net come on

LDR thats what i wanted I lost it there's one ohhhh you little bastard where's that net i can probably do it " I don't know what they call it" guides choice he's a good one dude that's a good one that's a nice one it would help if you hooked it in the mouth, where'd i hook him? right in the snout i think is where i got him on the cadis on the one you swore you had dick head CHOMP "that's what we call Guides choice, that's when I tell Rush to go left or right and he touches that fish and i say guides choice

Floating the Bighorn River – Fishing For Brown Trout – Part 1

whats going on guys welcome to today's show I'm here with Tyler Collins and my good friend Conor we're out here to do some fly fishing and it's kind of a special deal Conor found his way down here for 3 days and I got the week off work and Tyler wanted to join

We're going to be hitting Trout, some walleye, smallmouth maybe?" Stay tuned, gonna be a good one! Music Playing Conor is going to try and catch us a walleye little bit more in that seam yea there you go kinda stip your slack up now kinda strip it just gently make that thing move there you go,now just mend it oh yea there it is, NICE I F***** guarantee you couldn't do this watch me , i'll snag one this close to em? No, and it's New Zealand water Your watching these trout, and you'll fish em tomorrow and there moving and there grooving and then you put that bug in their and they'll go over and eat your bug and you watch it all you"re literally fishing New Zealand water " You have that for 13 miles " Theres one Guides Choice guides choice the bug he had " let em run Fool' That's funny "nobody listens to Tyler" What's the bug? poodle sniffer, or cadis Put em in the net come on

LDR thats what i wanted I lost it there's one ohhhh you little bastard where's that net i can probably do it " I don't know what they call it" guides choice he's a good one dude that's a good one that's a nice one it would help if you hooked it in the mouth, where'd i hook him? right in the snout i think is where i got him on the cadis on the one you swore you had dick head CHOMP "that's what we call Guides choice, that's when I tell Rush to go left or right and he touches that fish and i say guides choice

Choosing The Right Bait for Bass Fishing –

(dramatic music) – [Narrator] Welcome to this episode of The Cabela's Fisherman's Handbook On today's show, we offer fishing tips on various techniques, including flipping, pitching, and crankbaits

All of the content in this show is designed to help you catch more fish Let's get out on the water with Wade and talk about one of his favorite ways to fish – Flipping and pitching, they're basically short line applications that anglers use in and around a variety of cover It's been related to hand-to-hand combat, full on fight, two heavyweights going at it However you wanna look at it, it is a battle between you and the fish, and the battle can be as simple as trying to figure out how to get a bite, and then what to do with it afterwards, and then how to recreate that all over

And for me, flipping and pitching, it's an addiction It's been an obsession my entire life when it comes to bass fishing It's, without question, one of my top three favorite ways to go fishing for largemouth bass Oh, he got strong at the boat He came in pretty easy until he got to the boat

When you start looking at the techniques of flipping and pitching, and there are differences in them, but for the sake of this little piece we're doing right here, we're just gonna kinda lump them together We're gonna talk about those presentations where you're making an underhand cast, letting the bait pendulum out in your hand into a variety of cover, and the gear needed to be successful in those types of situations And there are a lot of different factors that relate to that type of fishing to help you determine the bait, the color of bait, the size of the weight, little additions you may add to it such as punching skirts or no punching skirts, baits that are big, baits that are small, the appendages, the actions of each bait Then, you can take it down into the size of line, the type of line, fluorocarbon, monofilament, braided line, the actual pound test of each one of them, as well as the rod and reel combos themselves All of those will have a direct result in your success or failures

Now granted, you could use anything we're gonna talk about in any fishing situation, and you're gonna be successful to a certain extent But when when you match the right pieces of gear altogether and that bite's going on, you can have some of the best bass fishing you're ever gonna experience There he is That's a good one (splashing) (Wade mumbles) (fish splashing) Come here, buddy

Boy, these fish are fat, healthy, look good I've only got two different samples of soft plastics right here They would work for a flipping and pitching type of scenario (laughs) There's probably a thousand different ones out there that somebody could hook onto their hook and find success with, and what I've tried to do is really, a lot of times in today's world, is simplify some of my bait presentations You know, you look at this bait right here from Big Bite Baits, it's a bait that's gonna be designed

It's very compact in nature, yet it still has some great appendages on there, as I call them, to give it action once it goes down into the strike zone But it's still compact enough when you're trying to pick apart heavy cover that it's gonna flip in there So many times, you'll see certain baits with too many loose pieces on them As you're flipping into that cover, with a light weight especially, it will hang on the cover, and deflect it, and knock it off line where it's not gonna be able to go right into the intended location where you feel the fish is That's why a lot of these style baits are so very successful in that type of a flipping and pitching situation because you can punch it right in there, everything's nice and compact, but you've still got some great action, swimming action, especially when the bait is coming into the water and out of the water, and it's got a very good profile, much like a lot of your bluegill or crawfish that are gonna be up in those areas

So, when it comes to picking your profiles, comes to picking your colors and styles of bait, don't overthink it Keep it very simple Pick some of the most basic colors like your neon black red when you're in those muddy water situations, green pumpkins, watermelon reds, your Okeechobee craw, some of that when you're in more clear water or lightly stained water, and you're gonna find success Good one Get out of the tree

(fish splashing) (grunts) Finky little guy He hit it swimming it out of that bush Come here (mumbles) got you coming that way Little fat fish there When it comes to choosing line for this type of a flipping and pitching application, there are a lot of different choices that are gonna be available out there to you

A couple things that I like to keep in mind in that "keep it simple" motto when I go fishing is, let's just say I've got semi-clear water with a little bit of a stain to it, 20-pound fluorocarbon That's probably gonna be my go-to Next scenario up, maybe it's got a little more stain to it, it's a little dirtier, or the cover is a little bit heavier, I may go to 25 or 30-pound fluorocarbon or maybe even go to a 25, 30-pound class type braid in that type of situation The next scenario up, I'm going all out with the biggest gear and guns that I can get out of my Sunline I'm gonna get up in the 60-pound plus braided line, and I'm gonna go with a big heavy weight, trying to get that reaction strike, and that's gonna be in those situations where I'm dropping it into hydrilla, coontail, deep timber, or I'm dealing with really off-color water where I think I can get away with it

No matter which way you go, no matter what your choices are, spend some time experimenting If the bite turns off one way or the other, maybe they're a little line sensitive or a little line shy, and you're not getting the action you're looking at, so downsize If you're losing some fish, you can't winch them out of that big cover, gun it up a little bit Go big and don't give up Keep flipping and pitching in there, set the hook hard, and winch those big guys out

– Now, that fish was definitely in that thicker patch Look how dark he is on his back Pretty fish, though (upbeat music) (fish splashing) – [Narrator] When we come back, we've got more tips on catching fish when flipping and pitching And later in the show, the action continues as Wade shares insight on crankbait fishing and how you can use these baits to catch more fish

The Fisherman's Handbook is brought to you in part by Bass Pro shops, your adventure starts here Garmin, fight your fish, not your fish finder And by Yamaha Marine, reliability starts here – I wish I could say there was just one thing that you needed to go grab or buy that would make you a better flipper or pitcher Number one, spent time on the water

Number two, try to get equipment that is designed for that That could be your rod type scenario I've got the Cabela's XML rod series here that is designed for flipping It's a great all-around flipping rod You know, it's gonna allow you good sensitivity, feel, all the way down to the quality of the blanks where you're gonna find success and be able to catch fish in a lot of different situations

But I'll be the first to tell you, there are times where I need a heavier action rod even than what this one is For instance, if I'm dropping one ounce and a half, two-ounce jigs in heavy hydrilla, basically I want something with more backbone than this rod's even gonna give me because that bite is such a reaction bite and I've gotta winch them out of that grass Not to say I can't do it with this rod because I can, but a lot of times in that type of situation there, I need a very specialized rod Same situation applies to choosing the bait, and the hooks, and the style while you're trying to figure that out What might work in flipping in that one to three foot of water like what Clark Wendlandt and I did on Lake Somerville a couple years back, the fish were up in the shallow cover, lots of little beanie bushes, little lightweight bushes that had just recently got flooded, we didn't need the heaviest gear in that type of situation

Fluorocarbon line like a 20-pound Sunline, a quarter ounce or maybe a little heavier weight with just a nice soft plastic packaged up together flipping in that cover produced all the bites that we needed (mumbles) better bass there (fish splashing) Golly (fish splashing) Get up here – (mumbles) look at the belly on that guy

(Wade laughs) – When you get on a good flipping bite, that's just so hard to not enjoy, isn't it? – I love it because it's like, it's hands-on combat is kinda the way I see it is You know, you've gotta make good pitches and a lot of them It's not one cast every once in a while It's actively making a good presentation to get a bite – Another situation to look at is a very similar scenario, except in totally different conditions, high, high winds, winds blowing 25 miles an hour

I found myself up on Lake Fairfield struggling to get a lot of bites Knew the fish would be shallow, knew they were up there getting ready to spawn or already spawning, and what I finally had to do was take a compact scenario but use a big, big weight, number one, so that I could make a presentation With the high winds, a light weight, I couldn't feel it falling, my bait was getting hung up in the top of the vegetation before it even get into the strike zone, so I upsized I went to that one ounce weight or three-quarter ounce weight, took a bait like a YoMama from Big Bite Baits, it has a great kicking action, and put a skirt on there, punching skirt, flipped it in there all as one compact unit If I didn't get a bite right away on the first drop, I'd kinda hop it and swim it back out of there, and begin to tear the fish up by using that technique

So, that's going totally the opposite way, but using very similar equipment Got one swimming that one up there That's two bites now I've had swimming I need to put a swim jig on Work it out of this cover

You know, I've got my trailer on this is that swimming craw, and it's got great action like what we're doing right here When it's coming through, they're putting off a lot of vibration, and we were at the back end of a pocket now when that one there bit, so I caught him I mean, I flipped in, hopped it twice, and then swam it out, and about the second rod pump while I was swimming it, I saw the line jump, watched the swirl, and set the hook Now, you can see the bulk or the width, I should say Even better are those claws right there, and when they're come through the water, they're turning, and twisting, and constantly putting off a lot of vibration, and it looks like a bait fish or a crawfish trying to get away, and that's what we're trying to mimic while we're up in here

– [Narrator] Coming up next on The Fisherman's Handbook, crankbaits can be one of the most effective ways to catch a large number of fish Stay tuned as Wade shares his thoughts on crankbait fishing The Fisherman's Handbook is brought to you in part by Cabela's, it's in your nature Ranger Boats, still building legends one at a time Engel coolers, a legend in reliability

And by Big Bite Baits, designed to bring the big bite to your line (upbeat music) – Yeah, I'd love to know how many different crankbaits there are in the world I mean, it would be an astronomical number, and the reason there are so many of them is crankbaits catch fish 12 months out of the year every day in a certain situation, and as a fisherman, you've gotta obviously determine what that situation is, and how to catch them, and the color, the action, the depth as well as the gear used to fish the crankbait You know, it's not just something that you tie on, and go out, and catch fish after fish Yes, you could probably tie any crankbait on that exists, and you're eventually gonna get a bite on any given day, but there's times when you can pick the right crankbait, the right color, the right retrieve, and mix it all up with the right gear and find great success

– Oh yeah (laughs) Look at that one right there, boys and girls – When you start really dissecting crankbait fishing as far as what a guy likes in choosing a fishing rod, that, a lot of times, becomes a personal preference a lot of times I look back to those fiberglass crankbait rods They had a lot of give to them

I mean, when you hooked up a fish, they'd be about that big around at the base, and I mean, (laughs) it would bend from about a foot and a half up the rod all the way down But that was very forgiving, and that allowed a lot of guys to be able to fight those fish What it didn't allow you to do a lot of times was have control over that fish The fish, more often than not, was in control of the fight And when you look at a lot of people's choices now, they want a rod that probably has, and you can start to see it in this rod here where it flexes and where it gives, and it's more in the middle of the rod right in here

And this is designed as a crankbait rod on the Cabela's XML series Where I look back at some of those flexible old-school fiberglass rods, they would flex all the way down to right in here, and you would kinda lose control a lot of times Now, good and bad in that situation Hang a big fish going on runs at the boat or maybe didn't necessarily get the bait as good as you hoped it would, so some of that forgiveness was great, but you lose control a lot of times when that fish is making tremendous runs and you wanna steer him away from cover, so there's a trade-off there But at the end of the day, my best piece of advice when choosing a crankbait rod is find one that's designed specifically for crankbait fishing

It's got some of the attributes there that you're looking for And find one with a good moderate taper in it, not too forgiving, but not so forgiving you're out of control a lot of times And that'll be a great rod for the average guy's crankbait needs, that four to 10, 12 foot depth where he'll be able to fish effectively, have control of his baits, be able to feel the baits, be able to feel what they're doing, as well as manage the fish Got him that time He crushed it, too

He's hooked outside the mouth You can see the fight You can watch that rod as it goes down, and it's just so important when it comes to, he's only got, now he's got two hooks in him He only had one Now, he's back to one

You know, that helps provide, it's a shock absorber, basically, when you're fighting fish Oh, you've got one hook, buddy Gotcha Gotcha, gotcha, gotcha Alright, I'll let him go back

We talk about rods and the selection there, you can see it in evidence in that fight right there Every time that fish would kinda go, he'd dig, he'd dig, and he'd pull, and you could see that taper, see that bend in there, and that's what you want in a crankbait rod (suspenseful music) – [Narrator] It's time for a break, but when we return, we break down the different actions in crankbaits and how these actions can trigger a fish to bite, right here on The Fisherman's Handbook The Fisherman's Handbook is brought to you in part by Sawyer Products, we keep you outdoors Engel Coolers, a legend in reliability

And by Spro, sports professionals (upbeat music) – There's one right there Yeah, you can see him on the grass down there, coming up He's getting ready to jump He's gonna jump

(laughs) You can watch him actually go up and jump Now, he's going back down under the boat He choked on that rock crawler Look at that Look where he's got that bait in his mouth

(mumbles) that's a good one right there That's a good one Wow You know, crankbait fishing in its most common form is a reaction bite You know, a lot of times, I look back when I was younger and had a three little tier tackle box and everything

I'd just throw it out there, and I'd just reel, and I wasn't even throwing at anything And then, as I got older, I began to realize that yes, it's a reaction bite, but boy, there's a way to really pick apart specific cover, especially when you understand all the different variances in baits that are out there and what each one of them's designed for There he is He's right there at the boat There is a drop off

I can see it on my sonar right there Had my Panoptix out there It was kinda doubled up You're still seeing drops – [Narrator] As is evident from the fish catches so far in this show, crankbaits can be used to catch fish all across the nation

One more key to cracking the code of crankbait fishing is understanding what style of crankbait to use for each situation – [Wade] You look at the rocks that we're fishing right now, I mean, I'm sitting in five and half, six foot of water They roll out and eventually drop off in 10 feet, and I want a bait that I can throw up on these rocks and parallel it, and it's gonna hit like six, seven feet and bounce into these rocks Well, when I was younger, I might've come up here with a bait that would go 20 feet It would be hung all the time

Or I'd come up with a square bill type bait and just, zoom, right across the top of these fish and never get where they were setting up as an ambush point So keep it in mind, that yes, this is a great reaction bite, and yeah, you can tie it on as a kid or an adult and just go wind it You'll eventually catch one, but picking the right crankbait for the right situation is so key in getting these reaction strikes, whether it's this type of cover or any other cover Oh, there's one right there, buddy Oh, feels like a good one, too, but boy, they all feel good when they're first (mumbles)

He hasn't jumped Boy, he just (groans) Get out of those rocks

Man, not bad, not bad Let's go this side with you, fish Get away from those rocks He's got it all the way down in there (fish splashing) (Wade humming) Boy, he ate it

It's there, right there, fish Yeah (laughs) He has a mouth full of treble hooks right there When you start talking about the actions of crankbaits, boy, there's a lot of them out there, and you've really gotta kinda dial it in based on the time of the year A couple of things I like to keep in mind

When the water's very cold, I've always felt like a very tight wiggle is a key, key action that a guy wants And conversely, when the water temperature warms up, especially past the spawn, something with a big wide wobble I always use the analogy when it comes to looking at crankbaits, think about how cold it is outside when you walk out and how you're kinda bundled up Everything's kinda tight You're not as excited to be out there, and you kinda, you're very tight in your walk

Now, think about the summertime You're down on the beach, and you're strutting, and wiggling, and walking around Bait action's the same thing Warm weather, big wobbling action baits are some of my favorites When it gets cold, I like those narrower, tighter actions a lot of times

(fish splashing) Ooh, he choked it That's what you're looking for – [Narrator] That wraps up this episode of the Cabela's Fisherman's Handbook This show featured a wide range of fishing tips intended to make you a better fisherman as well as help you catch more fish on your next trip To learn more tips like those featured in today's episode and to stay up-to-date with everything we're doing, follow us on Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram, or watch our videos on YouTube

Just search for The Fisherman's Handbook on any of those platforms Thanks for watching, and we'll see you on the water again soon

Saltwater Question of the Month: Drag on a Reel

Hi I am Pat from Vero Beach and I was wondering why is it important to set the drag on a reel and then, how it is done? Thank you for your question

Drag on a fishing reel is like the brakes in your car What it does is it puts pressure on the spool of your reel and it helps you bring in the fish What happens is there are discs and stuff in here that help when you tighten this down it puts more pressure on that spool When you loosen this on this spinning reel you can see that the spool gets real loose and there is less pressure on that To set the drag, I tell folks it's kind of a thing that takes a little bit of experience for what fishing you are doing and the best thing to do is to set it to where you think there is enough coming off but its not really too tight

It's coming off nice and smooth with this type of a pole and if you cast out to fish if there is too little drag what happens is the fish will take your bait and it will actually drop the bait or the lure If you have too much drag on for instance, what happens is the fish will take your lure or your bait and you can see that no drag comes out and it will most likely whip that lure or the bait out of the fishes mouth so you would need to adjust it accordingly