How to spool braided line on a spinning reel

How to spool braided line on a spinning reel

Today I’m gonna show you how to spool up braided line on this catfish reel. Spooling braided line is actually pretty similar to spooling monofilament line but there are a
couple of important considerations that you should know about if you haven’t
spooled braided line before so I’m just going to show you the process from start to finish. The first thing I usually do is thread the line down
through the eyes on the rod – you don’t have to do that you can always thread the line up
through them later but I find it easier to crank the line on the reel if
I do that. So the next thing I need to do is attach the
line to the reel. but here’s where there’s a little different about braided
line. If I were to just spool the line on here the
same way I do monofilament I could get myself into a problem when I’m reeling a fish in. What can happen
is since braided line doesn’t grip the spool
as good as monofilament does when a fish is pulling on it, or may if you’re
pulling on a snag or something, this whole spooled mass of line can actually turn on the spool and basically make it
impossible to reel the fish in. So typically when you put braided line on you
want to do something to eliminate the possibility of that happening. There’s a couple of different ways to handle it.
Some anglers go ahead and spool on mono line a few wraps, and once the spool is covered
with mono line and they go ahead and tie on the braided line and spool that on to
the reel. Another technique that seems to work
fine that I’ve used is to just take a piece of masking tape and put it all the way around on the spool,
and that makes the spool grip the line a little better. and I’ve pulled it off snags and pulled in
decent-sized fish and never had any trouble with it when I do it that way. So I’ll just wrap this around here and then I’m gonna go ahead and get this line tied on. Alright, the first thing I’m gonna do is make
a knot right near the end of the line. If you don’t get it real close to the end you
might want to snip the end off, which I’ll do here. Then I’m going to flip the bail open and wrap
the line around the reel. now where the line meets here I’m going to
tie an overhand knot using the tag end, and tie that knot around
the main line. I’ll try to show you up close here
in a minute. Here hopefully you can see that i’ve
done The line comes in here goes around the
reel and I have an overhand knot tied here and I have that other knot tied right at the end at the tag end, OK? So now I’m going to pull the overhand knot
tight and then I’m going to pull the spool.. or the loop I have around the spool, I’m gonna
pull that tight. Now what will happen if you pull and work it
back and forth is that the overhand knot is gonna slip it’s gonna slip clear back until it
meets that know you put right at the end. That will
keep it from slipping any further and this will just draw itself tight around the spool. Now here’s another important
consideration when you’re spooling braid on to your reel.
You gotta be sure that this is tight – you can’t leave a lot of slack here when you’re winding this up. If you do
that this line is loosely wrapped around the around the spool of
the reel and when you get a fish pulling, or you’re pulling
the line in, or off a snag a lot of times the line the outside loops of the line will
actually embed themselves in the line below on the spool and what happens then every seems OK, but when you go to
cast it out again you’ll find that the line doesn’t come off the spool freely
because the upper layers are essentially buried
below. So the way you avoid that is just to
make sure that you have plenty of tension on it when you reel it in. It actually works the best if you can have
someone else provide some tension on this so everything gets
wrapped tightly. I’m letting Landry crank the line onto the reel since
it’s his rod and reel that he’ll be using for catfish this summer. What I’m doing is putting a little tension on the
spool so that way it doesn’t turn every easily and keeps this line tight. That way, as he’s cranking
the line is tight on the spool and won’t cause trouble later. Once you have plenty of line on your reel you can go ahead and cut it off, put your tackle
on, and you’re ready to go fishing.

48 thoughts on “How to spool braided line on a spinning reel

  1. Just want to say i watch a lot of fishing tutorials and yours is the most helpful always clear and easy to stay with thanks for posting /.

  2. Hi,I am getting lots of line twist when using braid.

    I noticed that if I peel off some line off a new spool it will want to twist even before it is put on the reel ,as if it has been manufactured and put on the spool twisted.

    I spool it on so that the braid is coming off the spool the same way it goes on the reel but when I pull some off the reel it still wants to twist .
    I have found the best way to get twist out is to tie the line on a swivel and then on to a tree/post ,walk backwards unwinding the reel,then twanging the line a few times to hopefully get the twist out and then reel in hoping the swivel is turning any twist  to out that's been left in.
     But I see  you don't hold the new spool side on like other tutorials show but facing the reel end on .
    Do you think this makes a difference?


  3. I'd tie a hangman's loop, pull tight the loop over the bare spool and  afterwards make two turns around with electrical or fabric tape to fix the tigthened loop onto the spool , ….after I'd spool on the braid . Tight lines from northern Germany , 61diemai

  4. The reels I use are Shimano. They all have a small triangular tab at the base of the spool. I wrap the line around the spool two or three times, then tie it around the spool, leaving enough line to tie it to the tab. This works best for me and I haven't encountered any problems with the line on my reels in all my years of fishing. The only thing I do differently when spooling it on is I put the line through the bottom guide and hold the line spool between my knees to put tension on the line.

    I always loop the end around 3 times before I finish the knot to prevent the line from "slipping" on the spool, (especially a problem if you are using braided line) and make sure you orient/tie the knot so that the line doubles back on itself as you start to load it onto the spool. It should cinch itself snug onto the spool. If you have the line coming out through that knot without doubling back, your line won't grab the spool but will slip around the spool.

  6. Great explination, although electral tape is better.  The line will actually bury itself into the electrical tape where masking tape does not.

  7. I noticed you spooled it on straight off the spool, not over the lip. I have always spooled mono like that. I't rather have the line twisted on the spool, and lie straight without line twist, once it is in the water 

  8. I'm thinking about trying braided line this spring. Rookie question…..what keeps the line spooled tight after reeling in after the 1st cast? Wouldn't all that line be loose?
    If my first cast is 20 yards, the second cast 10, (then, god forbid I catch a fish lol) couldn't the line dig into the yards 11-20 on my reel?
    Am I overthinking this?

  9. Today I bought 270 metres of 8 pound rover air strike braid and put it on my reel with a mono backing but the braid seems very loose even though I put lots of tension on it. How can I get rid of this?

  10. what if you spooled your reel without tap or mono. I fish for stripers, will the line be fine if it is not pulled off to far, and how long should I wait to change the line. It has been on for 1-2 years now

  11. Forget the tape and learn how to tie OVER the main line before starting your knot (similar to how you begin tying a fly) Lat the line parallel to the spool centerline. Now wrap the tag end 4 or 5 times over the parallel portion, holding a loose loop at the beginning. After overwrapping, pass the tag through the loop at the first wrap and do your knot. The overwraps will tighten down on the main line and it won't spin on the spool. (leave it to a girl)

  12. I hope the boy had a great time catching catfish with his new rod. It's hard reeling backwards with the reel upside down! 🙂

  13. First person to actually make me understand braid "slipping" when you said the "whole spool" thanks! I shall now continue on with your video

  14. To prevent line twist you real it on while the spoil of line is flat on the ground. After 20 or so spins, check for line twist, if it’s twisted flip the spook over and try again. Use whatever side that creates the least amount of line twist. For a bait caster reel you can reel in the line with the spool vertical like you were doing. You want the line to wrap around your reel the same way it came off the spool.

  15. A little tip for those that want to apply a little pressure while reeling in new line, but they don't have a little feller to help. If it's strung through the rod, make sure you are wearing some socks, and then run the line between your big toe and it's neighbor toe, over the sock though, tuck it between them toes and run it under the big one. Then just press down and reel it in, the roll of string will bounce and spin and unwind against your toes. I wouldn't recommend the reeling technique the child in the video utilizes, though. That's for experts only, I assume. I have never used it.

  16. Penn makes great stuff and this reel is a beast.>>> The drag system is what sold me. Variable drag settings up to 25 pounds and it will really do 25 pounds. I use it to pull big bass out of heavy cover and it works every time. The only complaint is that it's a bit heavy and if I didn't tether it to the yak, it would be sleeping with the fishes.

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