Most anglers have a kind of muscle memory for setting reel drag: hand-tighten the drag control, then yank off line by "feel." Inexact as this may be, for some fishing it works-if reels, rods, line and average size of fish remain constant. In other circles, a reel drag is viewed as a sort of mechanical appendix: basically functionless unless it gives you trouble. As B.A.S.S. Classic champ Bobby Murray puts it, "I know a bass fisherman who said he'd had line pulled from his reel by a fish back in '98. Afterward he said he took some pliers and fixed that!"