Not to high jack this post too much but what is the advantage of click paw. Never heard of it until the other day.
Oh boy, you could spend a whole day reading the discussions of this issue on speypages. It’s not an “advantage” as such, it is a choice. There are a lot of little reasons that can add up to a big reason while many people, myself included, prefer them when they are viable.
1. Pleasure. Added pleasure and connection to a fish - click and pawl reels don’t have an actual drag just an adjustable tension that is used mostly to protect from a major overrun, and pressure on the fish is micro-controlled depending on the exact style of the reel by the fisherman either by pressure against parts of the reel, against the line or both. If you are good at this it is BETTER than a regular drag because you intelligently control it in response to the state of the fish every second. In the process you are more aware and connected to the fish every second, and most people find it far more exciting and fulfilling.
2. Minimalism. If you think a regular disk drag is required you would be wrong %95 of the time.
3. History. Added connection to the history - not only is this the style of reel that most people used for more than a 100 years, but you can fish with the same reel design, and in many cases literally the same reels. I like knowing that many of my reels are older that I am and I am merely the latest person to catch fish with them, and maybe people will still be fishing a few of them when I’m gone.
4. Beauty. The best ones are often beautiful. Age can make them more beautiful in our eyes. In contrast some of the ugliest, soulless, cookie-cutter reels made today are cheap cast aluminum large arbors with cheap disk drags. And big ugly corporate logo!
5. Simplicity, see minimalism. Many click and pawl reels are mechanically very simple and can be serviced while standing in the river if necessary.
6. Sound. The sound of a high quality click and pawl reel can be thrilling, especially that first minute or so when you hook into a hot fish and are not in control. More feedback from the fish, this time through the ear.
We are starting to notice a theme here, right? All these are factors that make the experience more beautiful and satisfying. It’s not about a cold calculation of advantage or disadvantage. Yeah, it is a bit of rebellion against modernity which basically has put more and more technology between us and the experience of living.
Either you feel that is important, or you don’t, but I’d answer about same way that the Physicist Philip Anderson once answered a congressmen when asked how a certain advanced research project would contribute to the defense of the country. He said it woundn’t, but it would make the country more worth defending. Likewise I’d say click and pawl reel contribute nothing beyond a modern disk drag to merely catching a fish, but it make the experience more worth having. It’s perfectly fine for people not to feel this way, but if you think that sounds good then I highly suggest you try it!