|Both drag systems work perfectly when for playing Trout, or Grayling though many anglers these days lean towards disc drag reels. |
As the spring pawl drag is less sophisticated, reels tend to be much lighter in weight, which has a bearing when it comes to using, shorter, lighter rods. They also tend to be cheaper in price too, making them extremely popular with those on a shoestring budget.
Disc drag reels are unparalleled when it comes to stopping powerful fish, making them necessary when targeting saltwater species, or Salmon for example. It’s tempting to say that disc drag reels will last a lifetime. However, like any moving parts of a braking system they are prone to wear, so it doesn’t necessarily mean they last forever.
In a nutshell then, if your quarry is Trout, or Grayling then a spring pawl reel is adequate. Conversely, if you’re chasing Bonefish, Tarpon, or Salmon a disc drag is a must.