Drag and best of the rest


The Bruin ELS also has a nice drag system. I haven’t tied into any big ones in real thick stuff with it yet but from what I’ve seen, I don’t anticipate any issues there. According to the specs on the reel, it has a Japanese designed anti-reverse clutch that is put in place to ensure the reel doesn’t slip on the hookset. That accompanying the 22 pounds of drag means it’s likely capable of handling most anything you can throw at it in the freshwater realm, certainly anything I’ll be doing bass fishing.

A lot of the other features are a little wordy and I only ended up with two-thirds of an engineering degree, so I’m not going to even pretend to know what all they do. I just know the reel works. But for those of you who do understand the inner workings of a reel, the Bruin ELS also has an 11-bearing system comprised of 10 double-shielded stainless steel ball bearings with one zero-reverse one-way clutch bearing.