Setting reel drag for Saltist 40

I've put ~50# test braid line on my new Daiwa Saltist 40 to ~1/8" below the spool edge and then another 15' of 40# fluorocarbon leader.

After a little online reading, I came to the conclusion that the drag setting shouldn't be greater than 10#. So I got a 1 1/2 gallon bleach bottle and filled with water until it weighed 10#. I then attached the leader to the bleach bottle and tightened the drag until the bottle just barely caused reel movement.

At this point the star drag was very nearly maxed out using the factory washers! I was also quite surprised at the amount of bend in my new Trevala MH action 6'6" jigging rod - very nearly a tight U-shape with only the 10# weight on it.

So I suppose my questions are these: Is it this simple to set the drag at a specific value? Has anyone tried this same exercise with the Carbontex washers and was it any different in terms of being able to apply more drag on the reel and still have smooth reel movement?


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You'll find initially with

Mon, 2007-01-01 09:09

You'll find initially with the saltist drag, you need to tightened the star drag right up to get sufficient drag pressure. After a few runs of the drag it'll increase, this is due to the amount of grease in the washers which makes them very smooth. As for reel movement at high drag setting, no difference to almost freespool.

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Saltist 40

Mon, 2007-01-01 11:04

I have a saltist 40 with 50 lb braid , I just crank it up to full and start jigging , I run between 100 and 170 lb leader tho .

Drag is smooth and there is no initiall start up inertia , it just starts to peel off real sssmmmoooothhhh , fantastic reel , I have put a heap of BIG fish over it and it still preforms well.

I am going to replace my original washers ( now 2 years old) with Crabontex washers at the end of this Samson season with a full service as well.

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i didnt even know there was

Mon, 2007-01-01 14:21

i didnt even know there was any carbontex replacements for the saltist 40.
Honsu chin do you know what drag you can run with these washers and price ??
as i only get about 9kg drag from mine - as im only using a jigwrex pe6 rod its not an issue for now but i would like to be able to beef it up.

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Drag

Mon, 2007-01-01 14:26

I get 10 kg out of mine no worries and up to 11 if I really crank it up , about $30 for carbontex washers , and get some Cals grease or similar for a real smooth drag , you can use the grease on most drags to help get the most out of them .

IF your into firearms there is some real good oils and greases that can be used on reels that make the usual stuff look like toothpaste ;)

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if you want to get more out

Mon, 2007-01-01 16:14

if you want to get more out of the drag washers. Strip it and wipe off all the grease and just very lightly grease the washers.

Like Mav, over time it'll "wear in" the drag for better drag pressure.
There certainly is carbontex washer upgrades for Saltist and Saltiga overheads, not just spinners.

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drag settings...

Mon, 2007-01-01 23:02

Thanks very much for the useful comments Honsu and Maverick. They're quite helpful to me.

Happy New Year everyone and tight lines...