Sam's "Pro" Release is fully adjustable. To set the release, always start with the line from the pole. Start wrapping against the shoulder of the drum and move toward the end of the release arm. Make three wraps being sure not to overlap. If you want loss tension to the bait (lighter release) than make the last wrap off the end of the edge of the drum and directly on the plastic arm. Next snap the release arm into place. Now set the tension with the set screw. You may need to make an adjustment to the release to achieve desired release pressure. A hand held "De-Liar Scales" can be used to set the desired tension.