How Much Line To Put On Your Spinning Reel (To Maximize Casting)
Have you ever wondered if you are maximizing the performance of your spinning reel?
If you are not managing the amount of line you have on the reel then you may be at a disadvantage.
Watch this video and learn the best way to determine how much line to put on on your reel and why it matters.
Check it out below!
How Much Line To Put On Your Reel [VIDEO]
By understanding how much line to put on your spinning reel, you can effectively increase your casting distance and decrease your chances of getting wind knots.
If you have too much line, you will significantly increase your odds of getting wind knots.
And if you put too little line on, you are not going to be able to cast nearly as far.
So what is the ideal amount?
There needs to be some gap between the edge of your spool and the outer layer of your line.
Think about it like this…
No gap = increased wind knots
Too much gap = decreased casting distance
The normal recommendation is 1/8 inch gap and this does work in most cases.
But, through testing, we have found that casting distance is still impacted with the 1/8 inch gap!
My recommendation is to customize it based on your needs based on your preference for increased distance vs. fear of wind knots:
- Distance Focus: Slightly under 1/16 inch will help you cast farther while still having a low risk of wind knots for advanced anglers
- No Distance Focus: Use a 1/8 inch gap because it’ll still cast well and you’ll have a very low chance of wind knots
Also, do you want to know a little trick for spooling and how to know the amount of backing to put on your reel?
For most 2500 or 3000 size reels with similar diameters (1-3/4 inch), a 1/4 inch gap is what is best for the backing.
This is the perfect amount of gap to be able to use all 150 yards of your new line.
Of course, this will be different with larger-sized reels but the ratio of the backing gap to reel diameter should remain the same!
Line management is very important, but it often gets overlooked.
Don’t make this mistake!
If you understand how much line you should have on each reel and what the gap should be, then you can maximize your casting distance while decreasing the occurrence of wind knots.
Have you found any other best practices when spooling up your reels?
Let me know down in the comments.
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