Each time the marlin takes off again, the angler points the rod at the fish and relaxes until it slows. Finally, when the angler sees the running line enter the reel, he reaches down and changes the drag setting to exactly three pounds of pressure. Still, the angler must focus to relax and not bend the rod, putting line on the reel as the fish is chased. When the fly line comes into the tip top, the angler adjusts the drag pressure to six pounds of pressure. Though the fish is tired, the angler should not be as he has not been pulling hard and burning energy by bending the fly rod. But with the increased drag pressure, extra care is needed. Getting the last 30 feet of line is tricky! The angler should apply a steady rocking pressure of six pounds, without bending the rod, until the leader is wound into the tip-top of the rod. Once the technical release is made, with the leader inside the rod tip, I like to move the drag up to ten pounds of pressure. Usually, this rolls the marlin on its side and we can grab the bill and remove the fly from the fish’s mouth. If the 20-pound tippet breaks, the large diameter tube allows the fly to float to the surface, and with no pressure, the hook will fall out as the marlin swims away, or will rust out in a short period of time.