I use reel clamps on most trips 3/4 to 11-days long. On the longer trips just them as a back up. On the shorter trips because at the end of one I found a guy "taking down" my rod/reel. If he had not had to take the time to get the reel clamp off the reel would have been gone..... Does not protect the reels from someone who really wants to take your stuff but it kept my 270 in my reel case that time!fixedpower said:At what line test do you think it is needed to have reel clamps? I have newer rods with Fuji seats.
You've never had days of diesel engines thrumming along vibrate the reel seat loose and drop a reel on the deck at night, have you? And in all my years I have never even come close to crushing a reel seat with the reel clamp. You're not supposed to put them on "stupid tight".mefishinxs said:I have removed my clamp hardware on my reels(Accurates from the 197 to the 665)..Clamps just get in the way and serve no real purpose IMHO. Fuji graphite seats will last a life time unless you use a clamp then they can be crushed and cracked like a walnut shell. Aluminum seats hold up alot better under the pressure of a clamp.
On the heavy gear they DEFINITELY have a place!mefishinxs said:On the heavy gear clamps may have a place.
Remember that "stupid tight" thing I spoke of? FISH HARD!mefishinxs said:If you have a cork taped rod then of course you would need a clamp...But you need to be carefull not to crush the blank!