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Dragon Baitcaster Reel Review

This post was written by Steve on May 3, 2010
Posted Under: Fishing Tackle

Our friends over at Easy2Hook have started selling their own line of baitcaster reels recently. I was looking to buy a new low profile baitcaster and though I would give them a shot, so I order a Dragon baitcaster reel.

The reel is a 6+1 ball bearing low profile baitcaster that comes in a right hand crank only design. The reel looks great out of the box and is very light. Additional features include a magnetic cast control system to help with overruns, 6.1:1 gear ratio, and holds about 130 yards of 12 pound line. I loaded the reel with 14 lbs Berkley Crystal Fire Line and took the Dragon with me fishing down to Marco Island, Fl., to give it a serious workout in the waters of the Gulf of Mexico.

The first thing I noticed right out of the box was the the reel came with no set up instructions. This wasn’t a big deal for me, but if this is your first baitcaster with a magnetic drag you may find it to be a huge challenge to set up. I would love to see a small insert that explains the 3 drag adjustments. The reel also seemed a bit stiff to start with.

I put a medium weight spoon on the line and started playing with it while standing on the dock. Almost immediately I had an issue. On the third cast the brass line guide popped out and hung up in one of the guides on the rod. this caused a massive overrun on the spool and I ended up cutting out some 20 yards of line to clear out the mess. You can see the missing guide if you compare the two pictures.

I did end up using the reel most of the week. It worked better with heavier lures and really suffered in anything other than a downwind cast. And on real long casts it made a very high pitched squealing noise that was annoying. But, it did have some distance to it, or maybe it was my 6′ 3″ leverage going to town on it.

Toward the end of the week I noticed a clicking noise while reeling in and didn’t really figure out what the issue was until I took the above picture. At some point the line carrier guide shaft detached from the inside of the reel. Under load it let the line carrier move and jam and that was causing the clicking noises I was hearing.

When I got home I talked with the guys at Easy2Hook about the reel and the issues I had. No questions asked, they said send it back and they would gladly replace it. At this point I’m reserving judgment on the reel because this could have been a random bad reel, but I can say that the customer service is top notch. I should have the replacement reel in hand in a few days and after I get a chance to fish with it a few times I’ll be writing a follow up review to give my final thoughts on this reel.

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