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Flawed drag design
I purchased this reel from Anaconda. The black Sedona SP 2500 size. I feel that Shimano quality is not what it used to be. When using this reel I kept feeling the drag pulse badly and tried everything like greasing it and checking for damage but it was still a terrible drag and one that could make you loose a fish if it ran hard. I finally figured it out. The main pressure washer, the metal one has a cutout slot where it fits over the shaft. The cutout is too big and allows sideways movement of it on the shaft where it makes contact with the in...side side of the spools drag housing. This causes it to grab as it touches the side when the spool rotates when the drag is in operation. This reel also does not have a reverse option switch either where you flick it to enable or disable the ability to backwind, there is no option. I was fortunate enough to have had a good drag system from an older reel that I fitted to this reel in place of the original. It now works beautifully smooth. Thank goodness for that as when I tested it out I caught a trophy 11 lb brown trout that ran that drag right out several times. My pb trout. Id have lost it for sure with the Shimano drag.
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