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If a reel says it has 40# drag, does it mean that if I put the line on the roller and pull on a scale it will measure 40# before the spool turn? or does 40# of drag mean some thing else?
 

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If a reel says it has 40# drag, does it mean that if I put the line on the roller and pull on a scale it will measure 40# before the spool turn? or does 40# of drag mean some thing else?


If you mean put the reel on a rod with line thorugh the guides then pull then yes you are right.
 

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All depends on the manufacturer. Some measure from an empty spool. Some measure from a full spool. And others measure through the guides. I have found guides can add 15% of drag when compared to a full spool straight off the reel.

The only one that really matters is the full spool through the guides. I don't know anyone that fishes an empty spool without a rod.
 
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