The Chamberlain release is designed to eliminate both these problems with the patented design of two adjustments.
First, the vertical adjustment (rod side) is unique in that it allows the fisherman to put extra downward pressure (loading the rod) against the release while fishing. This is critical because the instant a fish trips the release, the slack between the rod and the fish is removed more quickly. This gives the fisherman an almost instant hookup.
Second, the horizontal adjustment (fish side) is very sensitive and needs only a small adjustment each time to achieve a precise setting. Fisherman should start out on a light setting and adjust the release until the exact setting is reached for that particular lure. The Chamberlain release is so sensitive that when properly adjusted, it can take only ounces of extra drag (caused by small fish, debris or even a strike) to release the line.