How To Spool Line On The Most Popular Spinning Combo


This lesson shows exactly how to spool up the Ultimate Inshore Spinning Combo that we just started offering for inshore fishermen to get an excellent combo at a great price.

Many fishermen rely on tackle shops to load line onto their reels, and I highly recommend doing it all yourself because you’ll save money and you’ll be able to it better than them if you simply follow the directions shown in the video below.

Not only will you have spool the lines so they have less twists than a store-spooled reel, you’ll see an easy trick to make sure you put just enough backing on the spool so that you can fit exactly 150 yards of braid on top of it.

Spooling Line On Spinning Combo

Click on the video below to see the entire process of building out the full spinning combo from start to finish. Here’s a list of the topics by time in case you’d like to skip around:

  • Putting reel on rod – 1:50
  • Spooling Equipment Needed – 2:30
  • Attaching mono backing – 3:45
  • Loading mono backing – 5:44
  • Line gap trick – 8:00
  • Tying braid to backing – 9:20
  • Loading exactly 150 yards of braid – 13:25

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Equipment Listing

Here’s a list of the individual items shown in the video above that are part of the Ultimate Inshore Spinning Combo bundle.

Related Items

Here’s a list of additional topics that link to helpful lessons on each topic in case you need help/guidance on finishing up your line to lure assembly.


Nobody cares as much about our fishing equipment as much as we do, so it’s on us to make sure we select the right equipment and that we put everything together the right way.

Once I started using these items and assembling them together as shown in the video above, my fishing has significantly improved in terms of casting distance, fish catching, and getting less wind knots.

I hope you give the lessons above a try.

Please leave a comment below if you have any questions from this lesson.

And please use the Comments section below to share any other helpful tips for spooling line onto a new reel that you have found to be helpful… we’d love to hear from you.

Tight Lines!

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Michael Hios
1 month ago

I actually use a metallic sharpie to make a mark on the spool 1/4″ from the edge, so I don’t have to take measurements.

Chris Holt
1 month ago

What is the primary purpose of the mono-backing. Is it just to save money so you don’t put an unnecessary amount of braid on the reel or is there another benefit?

Chris Holt
1 month ago
Reply to  Chris Holt

Guess I should have scrolled down further in the comments before commenting. I found the other post and the link to the video where you explained it was for cost savings.

James Wilson
2 months ago

thanks for all the info learning something every day be ready when i go to Florida in June 1 to the 7th can’t wait

Michael Upchurch
4 months ago

Do you always use a leader at end of braid and what is your leader normally

Mike Helland
4 months ago

Consider me an old goat/old school fishing type, so question??
What is the point of having the backing line? Is it because of the use of braid and not putting it directly on the reel?
Thanks in advance and for all you guys do.
Tight Lines

Dave Fichter
11 months ago

Hi Luke –
Great video showing how to do something that has confounded me (and many spin fishermen/women) for years! But I do have a couple questions:

  1. Are all spools for a given reel class (1000, 2000, 3000…) the same size within their respective class? If not, wouldn’t that change the 1/4″ gap you recommend leaving after putting the backing on? Or does it mean you simply add more backing for a larger reel?
  2. Does the size/lb. of the backing matter, and does that change the 1/4″ gap?
  3. Have you tried soaking your mono in hot water to remove the line memory to reduce line twist?


Dave Fichter
11 months ago
Reply to  Luke Simonds

Got it! Thanks!

Dave Fichter
11 months ago
Reply to  Luke Simonds

Again, thanks. I had a couple of other questions come to mind:

  1. What was the actual mono line size you used?
  2. I realize that it’s unlikely I’ll ever get into the backing, but wouldn’t it make sense to use a line weight that exceeds the braid line weight? If so, what would be a good weight to go with? Is there a “law of diminishing returns” where you wouldn’t want to go too heavy?

Thanks again!

Dave Fichter
11 months ago
Reply to  Luke Simonds

Thanks, that’s what I wanted to know!

paul collins
1 year ago

ok guys please bear with me and my ADD moments – is the only benefit of the backing cost savings ?
thank you

paul collins
1 year ago
Reply to  paul collins

found my answer surfing the net

and of course thank you Luke and Team

paul collins
1 year ago
Reply to  Luke Simonds

thank you

follow-up with a different question – as far as applying tension to the line while spooling, i understand consistency is required, how much tension ? i feel like i am not applying enough – different subject and too much tension rod to pinky while tying the FG knot

paul collins
1 year ago
Reply to  Luke Simonds

thank you Luke, make sense and is exactly what i needed to know

Michael Brown
1 year ago

Is the FG knot used to join the braid to the mono base on the reel when spooling it or used to tie the leader to the braid and then the lure?

Steve Zakis
1 year ago

Great instructional video, Luke. Does the line come off the spool in-line with the reduction guides like it does on the Slot Machine video you posted?

Steffen Sheerin
1 year ago

Nice instructions. For the leader, are you ok with the double uni vs. FG?


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