How To Spool Braided Line On A Spinning Reel (Without Line Twists or Loops)
By: Joe Simonds on January 1, 2015
Just imagine spotting a huge school of redfish just 30 feet from the bow of the boat that you are standing on.
From what you can see with your polarized glasses, the school appears to have at least 15 over slot monster redfish all looking for some food.
And you have just the perfect bait for them.
Your “go to” redfish-slaying assassin of an artificial jig ready is to cast, and you are ready to land a monster red.
You even have a brand new spinning reel that has only been cast five times, you just put brand new line one, you have the drag set perfectly, and even your mono liter is brand spanking new.
The moment is here…
You are about to break in that brand new spinning reel with a HUGE redfish.
You are already envisioning your friend’s jealous face as they scroll through their Instagram feed and see you holding your monster red.
You flip the bail to cast to the perfect spot a few yards away from the school of fish, and all of a sudden you notice that your brand new line has a loopy line twist.
You frantically try to straighten out the line and fix the twists, and after a couple of minutes of working your fishing line magic, the line appears to be straight.
But you look around for the pod of redfish, and they are nowhere to be found.
You missed your chance.
You blew it.
All because you didn’t know how to spool braided line on a spinning reel correctly.
Don’t be that angler!
Tips on how to spool braided line on a spinning reel
I won’t bore you with every single step on here, as the video (below) does a phenomenal job of showing you exactly how to spool braided line on a spinning reel.
But I will give you a handful of pointers that have served us well.
- Always use a wet cloth to run the line through while spooling
- Keep the line tight in your hands using the cloth the ENTIRE process. If you give up pressure for even a second, it could result in your line not sticking to the spool the way you want it to
- Always remember to flip the bail before you tie the knot on the spool
- Try to shoot for 1/8 of an inch left on your spinning reel (between the end of the line and the end of the spool) for maximum casting and performance
How To Spool Your Spinning Reel With Braided Line [VIDEO]
Bonus Tip – On your first trip on the water after spooling, we highly recommend dragging your line behind your boat/kayak so any twists you may have can be cleared… click here for details.
There are countless ways to lose or miss a fish.
And most of the variables that cause you to lose a fish are mostly out of your control.
But controlling your spinning reel line doesn’t have to be one of them.
So don’t ever let a knot, twist, or loop in your spinning reel line be the cause of your lost fish.
Learning how to properly spool a braided line on a spinning reel without line twists, loops, or knots should help you avoid that variable going forward.
P.S. – Do you have any other tips that we left out in regards to spooling braided line on a spinning reel? If so, post them below in the comment section. We would love to hear from you. Pow!