Fishing line that isnít properly loaded onto a fishing reel can cause
problems once an angler tries to use it out on the water. Some of these
unpleasant problems include line twists and tangles, reduced casting
distances and loops that get caught on everything from the reel handle
to line guides to fish hooks in a tackle box. Properly loading a reel is
easy if you follow these easy steps from Stren Fishing Lines.
Baitcasting and trolling reels are the easiest to fill. You can buy a small line holder that will keep the correct pressure on the line as you reel it on, or you can just ask a friend to help you. Loose wraps can cause tangling later on, so it is important to keep slight tension on the line while you are spooling up.
You can do this by holding onto the line before it enters the reel, or by having a friend hold the spool of line while you wind it onto your reel.
If you have someone holding the spool for you, insert a pencil through the center hole and have him apply a slight pressure inward to keep tension on the line as you reel. Run the line through the guides of your rod and onto the reel, and tie the end to the spool. Then all you have to do is turn the handle.
If you are keeping tension on the line by squeezing it with your fingers, make sure you donít squeeze too tight. If you are squeezing hard enough to make the line heat up, you may be weakening it. Just keep it tight enough to lay down smoothly and evenly on the spool. Fill the reel to within 1/8" of the outer rim. Donít overfill.
Line twist is the bane of all spinning-reel fishermen. When line isnít put on the reel correctly, it can start coming off in loops, twists and coils that make it impossible to cast or retrieve. To avoid really bad line twist, make sure the line is spooled on correctly. If you still get line twist, make sure that your line is taut before you start reeling after a cast. Starting to reel in while your line is flopping around by the reel is a surefire way to get into trouble. If you do start to get a loop or coil, loosen the drag and pull the line off with the bail closed. If you open the bail, line will tend to keep coming off in strange double-loops and coils. Pulling it off against a loosened drag will usually get you back to normal after just a couple of feet.
Since the spool of a spinning reel doesnít rotate, you need to be careful how you spool it on to avoid line twist. Place the spool of line on the floor with the label up, and pull some line off the spool so it spirals up. Thread the line through the guides on your rod and tie it to the spool with the bail open. Once youíve got the line tied on securely, you are ready to start spooling Hold your rod so that the tip of the rod is about 3 feet above the spool of line that is on the floor. While you are reeling, keep tension on the line by holding it between your thumb and forefinger in front of the reel. Turn the reel handle just 15 or 20 times at first, then stop and dip the rod tip to about a foot above the spool of line. If the slack line twists into a tight coil, turn the spool of line over so that the label is face down, and continue reeling until the spool is to within an 1/8" of the lip of the spool. If the slack line didnít twist when you lowered the rod, just resume reeling. Donít overfill.
Fill a spincast reel the same way you do a spinning reel. Donít forget to thread the line through the hole in the reel face before you tie it to the spool. Spincasting reels donít hold very much line as a rule, so make sure to open it and check it frequently.
A good premium line like Original Stren Lo-Vis Clear monofilament line will last a long time. Some professional fishermen change their line every day, but that is in extreme cases. Make sure you store your reels in a cool place and keep them out of direct sunlight. Heat and sunlight are enemies of line and will weaken it, but with proper care and spooling, you should have tangle-free fishing.