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Tackle - Loading a Spinning Reel

By Capt Andy LoCascio - 02/24/2011 - Short URL: http://bit.ly/icSAM3 - Views: 544901

Loading a spinning reel with braided line takes some additional effort to ensure that the entire mass of line does not simply slip on the spool. This is not a problem with mono because the stretch ensures the line will not slip (braided line has no stretch).  Many of the newer reels have rubberized inserts built right into the spool to prevent slipping.  However, older spools typically do not have the feature and require a length of mono backing before the braided line is loaded.

In the video below the reel is being prepared for throwing pitch baits to marlin or poppers to big yellowfin tuna.   The braided line in the video is 80lb and the mono backing is 50lb.  The mono backing is typically a line that has a diameter that is twice that of the braid.  This ensures the best possible connecting knot (more on that below) .  The angler should always be aware that the backing is weaker than the main line and react accordingly if the fish pulls that much line out of the spool.

Preparing the Backing

To attached the backing to the base of the reel, tie any type of sliding knot that you feel comfortable with. Simply place the loop over the reel with the bail open and cinch it up to the base. Next, close the bail and place the spool of line in a bucket or box so that the line comes off the spool the same way that it was put on. Keep a tight grip on the line as you begin to reel to make sure that mono grabs the spool and keep reeling. You only need to put on enough backing to cover the base of the spool (typically 10-15 turns).

Connecting the mono backing to the braid

Use an Albright knot to connect the mono to the braid.  To make the connection we use an albright knot with the braid wrapped around the mono loop.  Double the braided line when tying this knot for best results.  This knot may seems difficult at first, but with a little practice you can tie it in a few moments.

Spooling the Braid

Though twist in braid is much less of an issue than it is with mono, you should still try to limit it.  Place the spool on its side (with the hole in the spool upward) so that the line comes out in the same direction that it is wrapped onto the spool.  Hold the line in front of the spool with a damp towel and only apply gentle pressure as you fill the spool.  It is also acceptable to place the spool in a bucket of fresh water and allow it to spin freely.  The friction from the water will provide all the tension you need.  This will result in some additional twist.  Boat anglers can always drag a good portion of the line behind ta moving boat and then repack the spool for best casting.

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By Capt Andy LoCascio - Host of Northeast Angling TV
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