I've not kept up much with the market over the last couple of years but reading this thread made me wonder, just how many front drag reels are available these days?
Seemingly most if not all of the really popular reels are rear drag these days . . . . . so does availability affect preferences?
Nowadays for trotting (if not using a centrepin) or for fishing wagglers I would much prefer a decent Shimano reel with a front drag too; athough I do still have a couple of small Team Diawa rear drag reels from the 90s which I used to use a lot when using small wagglers on the canals and which matched with my light Diawa Amorphous Whisker match rod perfectly (see below).I would go shimano front drag every time.
Absolutely, the drag knobs are the only difference. Swap to a knob (of matching size) from a non-quick drag model and you are sorted. Whether you can get an alternative to match cosmetically is another matter entirely.For anyone owning a Daiwa 16TDM... with a similar dislike of quick drags, the slow drag from the Daiwa Ninjas are a direct replacement. Cost a few years ago around £5 from Daiwa.
I never change spools on any reel. It's so I can access and use the line clip easier/quicker the way I do it.Why must it have a press button spool,do you change spools regularly during a days fishing,I ask this as I certainly don't,the convenience I understand,the necessity,no....
I will appreciate any input on the front drag c 14'stradic, please.
No, the S prefix (before the RA) indicates that it's fitted with shallow(er) spools. In the case of the Twinpower Ci4 (S)RA, the 3000 and 4000 models both had S prefixes and shallow spools. The smaller 1500 and 2500 models didn't have the shallow spools. The line capacity of the 3000 and 4000 models was the same. The smaller 2500 model actually had a greater line capacity than the 3/4000 reels.I think the S means small reel and applies I think only to the 3k version