Yes Sean, and therein lies the rub. I can say at one stage I did experience the line reluctant to peel off stopping the pin from spinning but I let it run further down the swim and no problem after that. I can understand the logic of a wider drum but is a quarter of an inch really going to make that much difference?It's to do with less bedding in of the line under pressure on the wider spool. If I compare my Trudex (narrow drum) with my Speedia (wide drum) there is significantly more area between the flanges, thus less depth of line, thus less bedding in.
Or so they say.
I must say that when I've actually tested much of what I've been told as gospel in fishing it isn't true!
Yes, so have some of the stantons,the rapidex, and many more which are far better reels than the speedia. Ok the speedia works but it's not exactly a well made pin compared to many others. Maybe a line clip or an elastic band would/could be used to help hold the line in fast running water if the ratchet on a pin wasn't stiff enough ?I think you are refering to the compensating drag..not all Speedias have this. Those that do are generally known as De-Luxe models.
They are very fashionable for barbel at the moment, but plenty of other reels have a compensating drag too, such as models by Youngs and some of the Grice and Young range.