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« on: August 27, 2021, 11:00:09 PM »

I'm lookin for recommendations for a lower # test scale for setting my drags....What scales do you recommend?
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« Reply #1 on: August 27, 2021, 11:15:06 PM »

I use Chatillon. Pricey but accurate.
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« Reply #2 on: August 27, 2021, 11:16:02 PM »

Mechanical or digital?
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« Reply #3 on: August 28, 2021, 01:34:24 AM »

What is your definition of "lower"?   I have American made 8# spring ⁷scales that would work for 30% of 20# or 25% of 30#.  They also work for trigger scales with a bit of bending the hook.  Price is the best, $0.00 plus shipping.
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« Reply #4 on: August 28, 2021, 02:25:45 AM »

The lowest leader I'd use it for is 25/30# up to 100#
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« Reply #5 on: August 28, 2021, 02:59:55 AM »

I use spring scales. I use them to check drag and to test my line and connections. Using the same scale for both gives me peace of mind when I'm pulling hard on a fish.


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« Reply #6 on: August 28, 2021, 03:14:31 AM »

I use Chatillon. Pricey but accurate.
I get some on ebay $8to18,,,,, Undecided 100yrs old but if there accurate then dead on the money,,,,,, Grin
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« Reply #7 on: August 28, 2021, 04:51:21 AM »

I don't really understand testing the drag with a scale.  I start out with a low setting and then increase it as I settle in and get my wits about me.  You can always use your thumb to add more pressure to set the hook.
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« Reply #8 on: August 28, 2021, 09:50:40 AM »

I don't really understand testing the drag with a scale.  I start out with a low setting and then increase it as I settle in and get my wits about me.  You can always use your thumb to add more pressure to set the hook.
That causes big hurt sometimes, finger pulled under crossbar or finger burned.    I like to do that as well.🚑
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« Reply #9 on: August 28, 2021, 02:43:14 PM »

I don't really understand testing the drag with a scale.  I start out with a low setting and then increase it as I settle in and get my wits about me.  You can always use your thumb to add more pressure to set the hook.

Trolling six rods for dolphin in a 22 foot boat with a two man crew, the last thing you want be fooling with when 4 or 5 rods start screaming at the same time is adjusting drags.  I check mine with 30lb Boga Grips.
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« Reply #10 on: August 28, 2021, 04:00:19 PM »

I use a Shimano spring scale.  The scale can be calibrated.  I use a gallon of water.
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« Reply #11 on: August 28, 2021, 04:26:59 PM »

I'm with "oc1" on this one . If you fish regularly you should be able to tug some line off the reel and know real close what the drags set at. you should also get familiar with the bend in your rod at certain settings.  Most of my reels are star drags and as they heat up during a long hook-up the drag pressure changes . I can feel it and see it by the bend in my rod. For me, its comforting to know what the drag weight I want feels like and looks like on my gear. Deckhands on the party boats do it this way too when they set the trollers out, or watching out for customers that are hooked-up. Just my $.002 worth.  
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« Reply #12 on: August 28, 2021, 05:20:31 PM »

I'm with "oc1" on this one .

Star drags yes but you are ignoring one of the advantages of a LD reel if you do not properly set your drag with a scale and then check it at full.
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« Reply #13 on: August 28, 2021, 05:27:55 PM »

I use a Shimano spring scale.  The scale can be calibrated.  I use a gallon of water.

If I’s gonna buy another scale, it’ed have be one I could calibrate.
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« Reply #14 on: August 28, 2021, 05:41:31 PM »

Most spring scales can be calibrated but most not easy.  Unfortunately spring scales are accurate in a narrow ban but not off enough to matter.  I have several scales, some that I have marked with a Sharpie for the weights I use, the others are used as is but get checked with various weights once in a while.
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