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Zachary Morin lands trophy steelhead with his new Rapala Drift reel!

Posted on May 6th, 2014

I try to keep up to all the comments and questions I receive through out Ask Italo forum on our Canadian Sportfishing website, out Italo Labignan YouTube channel, our UFindFish app (As a Pro), our Canadian Sportfishing Facebook, and to info@canadian-sportfishing.com .  Most days it takes me all morning to respond to everyone, but I really enjoy it.  I get the most satisfaction when I can help someone with their fishing!

It was nice to hear from Zachary Morin through Facebook who had just purchased his first Rapala Drift reels, but was having some issues with it. In his words, he could not get the spoon to release the line.  Zachary thought there was some adjustment that was not set right, but I explained there there is only a “clicker” setting of on and off.  When it’s off the reel is in total free-spool. Zachary took a closer look at the reel and realized that some line got somehow when through the rim of the reel to the inside and had collected on the center-pin.  That was the issue that caused the reel not to be on free-spool.  Zachary removed the line and now he ways the reel is fantastic!

This chunky, prime spawning male steelhead gave Zachary an excellent fight using  his new Rapala Drift reel
This chunky, prime spawning male steelhead gave Zachary an excellent fight using his new Rapala Drift reel

It must be working well since he just landed this trophy 15 lb. male steelhead using it.  For those of you that love steelehading and  have not used a drift reel before, it really gives you a drifting advantage to present your offering in a natural way when fishing a float-rig.  It also really increased your enjoyment of fighting a fish since the drag is your “finger” or “hand”, palming the rim and being a 1-to-1 gear ratio also makes for a more challenging fight.  You can view the entire selection of Rapala Drift Rods and Reel by going to the Rapala.ca site.  Well done Zachary!

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