Loading fishing line onto the spinning reel is not an easy task. Even though you may have come across many people who do it with the help of simple pencil and other equipment, this is not the perfect method and can cause serious problems. Let us properly understand the best method to put line on a spinning reel without causing line twists.
Check line capacity on the reel
To begin with, you have to first check for the line capacity that is mentioned on the reel. Remember that each has a maximum load capacity mentioned on it and it differs from one manufacturer to another.
In this regard, it makes sense to check out the load capacity and maximum length of line the reel can hold. Always make sure to choose a line with a slightly lesser length than the maximum capacity mentioned.
The same thing holds true with the weight of the line, and you must avoid exceeding the maximum capacity of the weight mentioned on the spinning reel. Now, let us look at the detailed procedure for loading the line onto the spinning reel.
- Tie a regular overhand knot at the end of the line
- Take the line and wrap it around the spool and tie another overhand knot
- Make sure the first knot tied is outside of the second one so that the line is secured firmly to the spinning reel
- Clip the end of the line so that it does not get in the way while putting the full length of line on the spinning reel
- Apply slight pressure to line as you reel it onto the spinning reel by holding the line a little away from the reel
- You can hold the line in between your thumb and index finger and do the spooling
- It is advisable to use a small piece of cotton to hold the line as it passes through your hand. This will allow you to hold the line tight and it will get rolled in the perfect manner on the spinning reel.
- Leave some gap at the top of the reel to avoid over spooling. Over-spooled line will want to slip off the reel.
- Check the line for twists
Even as you are loading the line onto the spinning reel, it makes sense to check it for any twists. To begin with, you have to understand that twists can happen even after you have loaded the line properly onto the reel at a later stage.
However, if it happens the first time when you are loading the line, the problem may be due to improper loading. In this case, you can try to remove the line and try to spool it again.
Usually, professionals do not load the entire length of the line in one go and then take a pause in between and let the line go to some length to check if there are any twists. If they happen to notice any twists, they undo that part of the line and then begin to load it again onto the spinning reel.
In this way, you can avoid the tangles in the initial stages itself. When you identify the problem in the beginning itself, it is far easier to resolve it than in the later stages.
Strings have memory
Yet another interesting thing you must understand when it comes to managing twists in your line is that most fishing line has a memory. If you let them set in an entangled condition for a long time, they will get stuck in that position and become difficult to get straight.
To avoid this, you have to store the line in proper manner, even when you are not using it for fishing. You must use a proper line holder to store it for later use. Other than that, you can also consider buying line with low memory. This may cost extra, but it will be worth the price considering the benefits that come along with such line.
You will not have to wait for hours to untangle the line and can load it onto the spinning reel within a few minutes. They will also last longer and give you good value for the money you spend.