How To Spool A Spinning Reel With Braid While Saving Money And Time [VIDEO]
By: Luke Simonds on July 3, 2020
Want to learn the best way to spool a spinning reel?
There are many ways to do it, including getting a store to do it for you, but I’m going to show you how to do it yourself and avoid the most common mistakes that many anglers make when spooling their reels.
Most of these mistakes can lead to you getting more line twists and wind knots when you’re fishing, so you’re better off doing things the right way from the start.
Watch the video below to learn:
- How to spool your spinning reel by yourself
- The common misconceptions to spooling spinning reels (that I believed for many years)
- How to save money on braided line
- How much line to put on your reel
- And much more
How To Spool A Spinning Reel [VIDEO]
Here’s what you need to spool your spinning reel (in addition to the line, rod, and reel):
- Mono backing line (within 5 to 10 lbs of your braid strength)
- A wet towel or washcloth
- A pencil
- A narrow cardboard box (or someone to hold the spool)
Now before we get going, you might be asking yourself why mono is on the list if you’re spooling your reel with braid.
Here’s why: braid doesn’t grip into the arbor (the center of the spool), so if you tie braid straight onto it and you have a big fish on, the line might free spin and you could lose your fish.
Monofilament does grip into the arbor, so the best way to combat this is to have a base of mono line on the arbor.
Plus, even the small reels like the 2500 series can hold a LOT of line, so it’s smart to fill up some of the spool with the much less expensive mono line knowing that it’ll likely never see the light of day.
Alright, now let’s get into the steps.
Step 1: Thread the monofilament through the top eye.
Step 2: Tie an arbor knot to connect the mono to the arbor.
Note: This knot isn’t very important because its job is only to start creating friction on the reel’s arbor. None of the “Arbor Knots” are very strong, so you should never let a fish pull the line out all the way down to this knot because you’ll end up losing all of your line out into our waterways… instead, just grab the spool when you realize that you can’t turn the fish so that no more line can go out should palm the spool before a fish takes all of your line out (video lesson on this here)… either your hook will straighten or your line will break at the leader 99% of the time so you’ll at least prevent your line from getting dumped into the water.
Step 3: Set up the spool of mono so that it can spin vertically around a pencil with the help of a friend or simply using a box to hold it as shown in the video.
And a key thing to keep in mind here is that you need to have tension on the line as you’re reeling it in — this will decrease your odds of getting wind knots down the road.
To do this, grip the line with the wet rag and apply pressure to it as you’re reeling in.
Step 4: Tie the mono backing to the braid.
I like to use a double uni knot here (5 turns with the mono and 10 turns with the braid).
Step 5: Reel the braid onto your spool just like you did with the mono backing.
Again, don’t forget to use a wet rag to apply tension on the line as you’re reeling it in.
When the line is about 1/16″ away from the top of the reel, you know you’ve put enough braid on.
If you put too little braid on, you’ll inhibit your casting distance, and if you put too much on, you could be more susceptible to wind knots.
How To Save Money On Braided Fishing Line
There are many benefits of using braid, however, it is considerably more expensive than mono.
Here’s a quick tip to make the most of your line:
Once you’ve spooled your reel, go to a park or beach and walk out 100 yards of it.
Then, walk back to your reel, cut the line, and retie it with a double uni knot with 10 turns on both sides.
Since braid lasts for many years, whenever you need to re-spool, you don’t need to touch the line after the knot.
You’ll only have to put on 100 yards to the top, so if you get a 300-yard spool, that will last you for three re-spools which can save you a lot of money over the years.
Although you could have a store spool your line, by doing it yourself you can make sure that you’re less likely to get line twists or wind knots, and you can set up a system that helps you save money on braid in the long run.
Have any questions about spooling braided line onto your reel?
Do you do it any differently?
Let me know in the comments below!
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