Hi AMFisHers! Spring fishing is almost here and I thought I would share a post with some tips in it for spooling line on to your baitcasting reels.
First fishing line does not last for many years and it ages quicker is left in direct lights so keep your spools tucked away in a dark place. Depending on how often you fish it is a good idea to get into the practice of changing it every season, mono and fluorocarbon for sure, with braid you can usually get away with cutting off several feet to get to fresh vibrant line below.
Using a small one inch piece of hockey tape placed on your spool will allow for a nice grip for your line(see picture below) which is crucial for a good solid base line.
Next if you are only using mono or fluorocarbon you should use the arbor knot (reference the video at the bottom of this post)to connect your line to your spool, this is a great knot for this exact purpose. Once you have tied your line to the spool you will want to spool it on nice and tight, make sure your drag is tight as this will give you a good solid foundation of line on the spool.
If you are using braided line you will follow the same steps above BUT you will want to spool you line on as tight as possible, a very strong foundation with braid can help prevent many issues. Due to braid having zero stretch you can spool on 20 to 30ft of mono on the spool first(reference picture below), then tie your braid to the mono using a uni-knot(reference video link below) as this is a very strong knot for tying two pieces of line together.
Once your braid is tied to the mono turn that drag forward and spool the line on nice and tight. You should be able to get a full spool of 150 yards on to the average baitcasting spool BUT be sure not to over spool your reel, keep an eye out for no line reaching above the spool edge, leave a little free space.
When spooling a baitcasting reel you will want to have you spool of line upright so the line comes off the spool and onto your reel spool the exact same way it is sitting on the spool you purchased. By using an inexpensive spooling/line storage box similar to this(see picture below)one will allow you to spool your reels easily and quickly, as well as allowing you to have all your spools of line organized in one place.
When you are finished your freshly spooled line should loon like it does in the picture below, nicely spooled, even, tight foundation, not over spooled and ready to be used!
Hope you found this vlog helpful!
The AMFisH guy…
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