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So I'm very new to baitcasting reels, and have only had my first one (Shimano Cardiff 401) for about a month now. I recently received a Shimano calcutta 201B (Gold version) I purchased online, and it seems that the drag on the Cardiff is much stronger than the Calcutta. With the Calcutta I can completely tighten the star drag and still pull line out (With some effort) but if I tighten the star drag on the Cardiff down there is no way I can pull the line out like I can on the Cardiff. So, is this normal because of the reel size difference or is something wrong with the Calcutta? I have also noticed the cast control knob on the Calcutta 201 is quite stiff when turning compared the to the Cardiff.

does not sound right. you might want to take it to mike's reel repairs in Abbotsford for a "tune-up".

Was it new or used?

It's new. It still takes some strength to take line out on the Calcutta when the star drag is cranked down, but it's not nearly as strong as my Shimano Cardiff 401. I can completely stop on the Caridff

A guide we've used on the island has used the 201 for years and I've fished with them several times.I don't think it's a big deal to be able to pull out line with a bit of effort.Like you said, they are a bit smaller. They are a great steelhead reel.
Put a scale on it and see how many lbs it takes to move it.Check that with the specs for that reel.If its not up to snuff, take it in or send it back if you can.

Should I just tie my line to my fishing scale and pull strait out or at an angle? Thanks for the help.
Zap brannigan


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