Properly spooling a reel with braid can be a bit tricky but, with a few tips, you can save yourself a few headaches in the future. Braid has a tendency to spin on the spool if it is not spooled on the reel tightly enough and, can dig in to the spool causing poor casting and back-lashing. Many fishermen prefer to do a few turns of mono “backing” before filling the spool with braid. This is done to stop the braid from spinning on the spool, and for large reels, to save the cost of filling completely with braid. With the prices of braid dropping, some will fill a reel completely with braid. Here are a few tips to eliminate the potential problems without using a mono backing.
Before we get started, just one optional tip. Some fishermen like to soak the braid in the water before spooling. This will lubricate and soften the line so that it will lay on the reel smooth and tight. To get my braid wound tightly, I do something different that I will cover below.
To get started, tie an arbor knot around the spool.
Tear off a small piece of good quality electrical tape and place it over the line and knot on the spool. This will keep the braid from spinning on the spool when you are loading the reel and fighting a fish.
For the next step, its nice to have a partner to hold the spool and keep some tension on it. If you do not, you can hang your spool on a nail in the wall or simply let it rest on the floor below your reel. Spool the line on, keeping pressure on the line as it enters the reel.
Once the reel is full, mount it on your rod and tie off to something stationary (I use my deck railing). With the clicker on or your thumb gently placed on the spool (to prevent over-spinning and back-lashing), walk all of the line out. When the spool is empty, begin cranking all of the line back in moving back toward your tie off point. Make sure to keep a fairly high amount of tension on the line so it will lay as smoothly as possible on the spool. This will dramatically reduce the chance of dig-ins and backlashes.
I also like to walk out my line and re-spool once or twice a season to keep the line spooled tightly. Over time, as we cast and retrieve, cast and land a fish, and so on, the line can become loose on the reel possibly causing dig-ins and backlashes. Braided lines can be extremely difficult and sometimes impossible to untangle after a serious backlash. When braid is properly loaded, it can last an angler several years so, respooling can save you some bucks.
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