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Putting new line on reels
« on: January 13, 2019, 09:57:34 AM »

When putting new line on a baitcaster or a spinning reel, how do you know when you have enough line and not too much or too little?  ~cf
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Re: Putting new line on reels
« Reply #1 on: January 13, 2019, 11:37:19 AM »

Found this as a good average. I push mine a little closer to bevel.

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Re: Putting new line on reels
« Reply #2 on: January 13, 2019, 01:31:32 PM »

After all these years I just eyeball it. I generally use the 1/16 - 1/8 inch rule usually closer to the 1/8 inch mark.

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Re: Putting new line on reels
« Reply #3 on: January 13, 2019, 01:33:30 PM »

Some say an 1/8 inch from top, some say a 1/16th from top, if you happen to get a look at pros reels they are clear to the top, I go with an 1/8th.
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Re: Putting new line on reels
« Reply #4 on: January 13, 2019, 08:09:25 PM »

I always fiil to the lip because I cut so much off during lure changes and reties. Its a pain at first but evens out.
I also run hot water over the spool for about a minute after spooling new line. Do not do this more than once as it will cause it to stretch even more.
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Re: Putting new line on reels
« Reply #5 on: January 14, 2019, 10:24:33 AM »

All good information above. 


I eyeball it to about the lip on my baitcasters and on my spinningrods like said above about a 1/8".


I to go through mine quick from reties and changing out lures
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Re: Putting new line on reels
« Reply #6 on: January 14, 2019, 12:44:51 PM »

I have mine 1/16 from the beveled edged and seems the sweet spot for very few overruns if my thumb is working half right.
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Re: Putting new line on reels
« Reply #7 on: January 14, 2019, 02:38:26 PM »

Everyone is a little different; you’ll need to find your sweet spot


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Re: Putting new line on reels
« Reply #8 on: January 14, 2019, 06:52:28 PM »

Everyone is a little different; you’ll need to find your sweet spot

This ^^^

On a baitcaster, the more line you put on the spool, the higher the retrieve ratio will be, and vise-versa. However, I don't think 1/16th or 1/8th of an inch will make all that much difference.
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Re: Putting new line on reels
« Reply #9 on: January 19, 2019, 06:13:22 PM »

For baitcast reels 1/16-1/8 below the lip seems to be the norm from what I've read on instruction sheets that came with my reels.

The first time I sent a few reels out for cleaning and upgrading the guy suggested I fill to the bevel for best casting distance and highest IPT.  So that is how I now fill mine.  However, I have read that casting is easier (less backlashes) if you keep the line about 1/8 inch from the bevel.

On spinning reels I think line type plays a part in how full to spool the reel.  With braid or small diameter of other line types I fill about to the lip.  If I were to use a heavier mono/co-polymer/hybrid/fluorocarbon line I wouldn't fill as close to the lip.  Nothing worse on a spinning reel than having the line jump off the spool because it was overfilled.
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Re: Putting new line on reels
« Reply #10 on: January 20, 2019, 12:34:03 AM »

Being newer to a baitcaster I'm guessing since you are asking. Id recommend the 1/8" rule on a baitcaster or a spinning reel. Its the safer way to learn, a spinning reel can really be a pain if you get it to close to the edge with line jumping off. Braid isn't near as bad but it can do the same if too full.

On the baitcaster its a pita to clear out if you fill to the brimming edge and have a error in casting. If you are fairly new to baitcasters its not like your going to be emptying the spool casting. Considering the extremely small extra ipt and casting distance you gain with that slightly more line imho I don't think its worth the trade off. So there is not any glaring positive reason to push the envelope.

 All that being said if your not new to the reels and are just curious how others set theirs up well I use braid exclusively and fill my baitcasters and spinning reels very close to the top.
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Re: Putting new line on reels
« Reply #11 on: January 20, 2019, 02:08:33 AM »

Some things to watch for when using very thin line is that it can migrate between the spool and housing, causing you all kinds of problems.

I have seen that on a few older baitcasters that had enough end play on the spool to affect this with lower lb braids.

I do have a couple older Penn Level Wind Reels that have problems with 12lb Mono migrating between the spool and housing when over filled. But that is the nature of the size of the reel and age also.
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Re: Putting new line on reels
« Reply #12 on: January 20, 2019, 12:31:49 PM »

Some things to watch for when using very thin line is that it can migrate between the spool and housing, causing you all kinds of problems.

I have seen that on a few older baitcasters that had enough end play on the spool to affect this with lower lb braids.

I do have a couple older Penn Level Wind Reels that have problems with 12lb Mono migrating between the spool and housing when over filled. But that is the nature of the size of the reel and age also.
This is very true. I had some old Quantum reels where the tolerance between frame and spool was not very tight. I had to underfill them to keep line from getting in there.

Back then Reel Magic was about the only line conditioner you could buy and spraying that on there caused some of it to get into the reel. Mucked things up pretty bad.

Those reels were quickly retired.

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Re: Putting new line on reels
« Reply #13 on: January 21, 2019, 11:25:50 AM »

Thanks for all the input. Very helpful. 
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