It's that time of year when we look to refresh our tackle. One main element that is often changed first is our line after a season or more of service, but are you spooling your reels correctly? A correctly spooled reel will reduce tangles, improve the longevity of your line and also aid with improving your casting distance. Here's five tips to help you ensure that you spool up you reels correctly.
1. Warm Water
Always prior to spooling up with mono, leave your line submerged in a bucket of warm water. This will allow the water to soak into the line helping not only when you come to wind the line on but also allowing the line to bed down property on your spool. Better line lay on your spool will ensure better casting performance. Usually a few hours soaking time will do but I tend to leave mine soaking overnight with the use of a heavy lead to ensure the whole spool of line is under the water.
There's nothing worse then loosely wound line. Not only does it mean that you run the risk of tangles but it also reduces your casting distance, it can even lead to you damaging your line and needing to replace it sooner then if you spooled your reel under tension. There have been a number of times when anglers have spooled their reels to the correct level loosely and then after use have noticed their spools are now under-filled. To ensure this doesn't happen use a towel or a finger stall glove and wind on you line through your fingers ensuring that its under tension when going onto the spool. This will allow you to fill the reel correctly, help your casting distance and extend the life span of your line along whilst also reducing the chances of tangles. This tip is even more important when using fluorocarbon mainlines as they can often be springy and jump off the spool without tension.
3. Tools for the job
Whenever I am spooling up I tend to have a bucket of water, scissors, a bowl or something to help protect the fingers I am running the line through, the handle section of my rod and obviously my reel. I simply take the line off the spool and pass it through the butt ring of my rod before tying it to the empty spool with a grinner knot. I then hold the line with a tow or finger stall glove in my fingers below the butt eye and start winding on line from the spool which is in a bucket of water on the floor. Other great pieces of kit especially for helping take old line off reels include drill type attachments which can help de-spool quicker then you pulling line off, there are also some cutting tools that help you cut old line off your spool reducing the time it takes to strip the line of large big pit carp reel. Look out for these devices online.
The key to spooling your reel is to ensure your line is within 1-2mm of the spool lip. If you under or over fill you spool this will lead to tangles and also reduced casting performance due to increased spool lip friction. Over filled spools often increase line twist and lead to more "frap up" and "crack off" as there is too much line leaving the spool at once upon the cast.
Line twist is a killer. It leads to tangles and often reduces the overall strength of your line. To avoid this reel some line onto your spool and then watch the line at the butt ring. If the line twist around it, simply turn the spool over in the water and do the same test and you will find no twist. Most spools you want the line coming off anti clockwise and this will ensure you have no line twist so when you come to cast you can be assured of no drama's.