Join Date: Nov 2009
I have a Sage 3280, right from the off for a 7/8 sized Trout reel the drag was wayyyyy tooooo harsh, much after the 1st position on the dial it was unusable.
I contacted the UK importers who suggested I send the reel to them, but on their inspection the reel was returned to the USA for Sage to re tune the drag. Apparently its a factory job to get the drag re-set and not for the DIY enthusiast.After its return its ok, very nice drag, however it still is at the high end of shall we say drag performance.Most of the settings are completely superfluous for anything other than the most arduous salt water fishing- which the reel oddly isn't size enough for in the 1st place!.
Just had exactly the same problem with a Hardy Cascapedia too!.
Strikes me any one can make a drag stop a runaway train, but can't tune one to have a wide range of usefulness within its supposed range of use!.