While fishing at the Pasir Ris Pro Pond recently I was getting into all sorts for trouble while fishing; my drag was tightening itself leading to a lot of hooks being pulled. It was so frustrating.
There is actually a video of me fighting a GT and you can see me always messing with my drag. Good think the Jika Rig's hook was stronger than I thought leading to the GT being landed but that was only 2 of the fish I landed that day and lost about 5 other fish from the auto tightening
So I removed the clicker or the drag tightening housing from the reel and initially thought it was the waterproofing rubber gasket that sits around the base of the clicker; it can be peeled away.
This exposes the C Clip which with a pair of tweezers can be removed easily.
Once the clicker is removed it exposes a spring and where the careful fun starts.At the base of the clicker lies the problem-child, it's a washer that's so weak it almost feels like a drag washer and it's this very washer which is the problem child.
It basically sits there and offers no surprises as in it won't jump out and you to give you a surprise so Shimano Singapore won't take 3 months to send you a new one as you lose it under a cabinet that has a magical black hole. Yes Shimano Singapore, please help us get parts in faster if possible, pretty please with sugar on the top
The spring ends with a small bump, it's so flush to the metal it looks like it's almost one piece; unfortunately it is not.
I loaded the spring from the side and you can see it starts to open up.
Of course this is not going to happen when you are fishing, much as it sits perfectly flushed to the base of where it is sitting.
The problem happens when you wash your reel, if you tighten the drag so water does not go in (which is nonsense now that I have seen how it works), it will push hard against the washer in the clicker housing.
Can you see the "tears" in the spring at the top?
To fix it, sand it down with level 2000 sandpaper or as I call it "Tamiya Paper" with water or oil until your fingernails can't catch on to the washer any more.
Then you flip it to the other side and put a drop of Singer Oil or whatever oil you have, hell put olive oil or cooking oil if you want to. You want it as slippery as possible.
When I say flip it to the other side I mean use the side of the washer that is not damaged and face it towards the spring and don't ever lock your drag to wash your reel again, the washer will die, again as the spring damages it again.
When you put it all back, please be careful of my little friend over here.
That' tiny spring is all that stands between you and telling other pond anglers you have a fish on so they feel jealous.
Spring first and then nipple out. DID I SAY NIPPLE?!
Make sure the drag plate is flush into these 4 notches as it seems to be happy to not sit well when the oil is wiped off you lose the "stickiness"
Hope this helps,