We have been using System 2 reels for red and king salmon. The drags are ok but when the reels become wet they slip till they are dry again. But they do have the ability to lock up the reel if need be.
I wanted to try something new so I purchased a Ross CLA 5. No doubt it is smoother than the System 2 wet or dry but the drag stinks. Even when fully tightened down I could not stop a foul hooked red from running down stream in the Russian last week.
The Ross went back to Cabelas along with there 10 wt SLT rod that broke first time out. I then called Ross and they told me the reel was not defective and that is all the drag strength it had (12-15 pounds). They suggested I try one of there new Momenteum Reels claiming it has the ability to dead lift 12 pounds off the ground and it had the strongest drag of any reel they offered.
Has anyone tried one of these new Monenteum reels? Likes or dislikes?