How To Save Money On Fishing Line

Here's a pretty slick tip on how save money and yet still use expensive fishing line!
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Gene:   Hey guys. This is Gene Jensen, with We just finished cleaning this reel for Ryan, and lubing and oiling it. What we’re going to do, he suggested that I make a real quick video on the advantages of using backing on your spool. Right here, I’ve got some P-line fluorocarbon. Fluorocarbon’s pretty expensive, braid’s pretty expensive. The use of backing, which is cheap line on your reel, really makes it pretty easy to save money. It fills up half your spool and makes it to where you use less of your expensive line. One of Ryan’s questions was what knot to use when tying it. He was using . . . what was it?


Ryan:   It was improved clinch knot to an improved clinch knot.


Gene:   An improved clinch to an improved clinch. That ends up being a pretty bulky knot. When it gets down in your spool, it gets in the way of your cast a lot of times, especially when you get a lot of line out. What I’m going to do instead of an improved clinch to an improved clinch is, I got two different knots that I would tie: One is a blood knot and the other is an all Albright knot. I’m going to tie . . . let’s tie an Albright knot. This is pretty thick line. What is this, 20-pound or 15-pound test?


Ryan:   This is . . . to be honest with you, I think this is 10-pound. It’s the P-line; it’s the copolymer they make. I forgot what they call it.


Gene:   It’s a thicker line to a thinner line anyway. I’ve got a video out on my channel about how to tie knots, and one of them is the Albright knot. If you guys want to see the close-up of this, you can go there and look at it. What I’m going to do is I’m going to tie that Albright knot if I can get my fingers to work right. Go around 8 times, and I’m going to come and hold that together and come back around 3 or 4 times to get back down to the other end of that knot.


The object is to get the smallest, the skinniest knot you can so it just doesn’t get in the way. Go back out the same way you came in. Wet it; spit on it, drool. Pull your tag in. It makes a pretty good compact knot. Like I always say, most knots, you want to pull your tag in first. What that’ll do is it’ll get all that line that you’re kinking up and it’s damaged from having a knot tied. It pulls it off of the knot. There it is, nice little skinny knot.


Ryan:   Need some scissors?


Gene:   All tied up. I’ve got them right here. Sorry, Todd. Todd’s my dentist.


Ryan:   Hey guys. You want to cut the tag-end on your knot as short as you can.


Gene:   Really close.


Ryan:   When it’s down on your spool, even if you don’t get all the way down to the knot, as you get relatively close to it, what’ll happen is as you’re in free spool during your cast and your line’s peeling off your reel, if that tag-end is sticking out, a short tag end is going to be real stiff and it forms a notch. What’ll happen is the line coming off of your spool will actually catch in that little notch, and all the sudden, you’ll feel your bait stop real quick. That’s the importance of tying a real skinny, narrow knot. It’s so that you won’t have that issue. That’s what the Albright does.


Gene:   Then you just put your line on your reel and fill it up. I do this with braid. The reason you do it with braid is because if you do braid directly to your spool, it will actually spin on the entire spool. That braid will spin all the way around and it’ll just jack up tremendously. You want to put some monofilament down on your spool to keep the braid from slipping.


Then for anything else, it’s just to save money. The biggest thing is, it’s just the fluorocarbon’s expensive, braid’s expensive. Fishing line’s gotten so expensive. The less you waste putting it on the inside of your spool, the better.


Ryan:   For example, this Revo STX, you could . . . we have 15-pound fluorocarbon here, and this is a $20 spool of line and it’s 250 yards. If you’re filling up your entire reel with 125, 150 yards, you’re going to get 2 uses out of that spool of line. If you have backing on, you’ll never get to that knot and you’ll be able to get 3-4 times when you can reload your spool with that line. Rather than if you get a backlash or if you fish a tournament you’re, fishing real abrasive stuff; rather than having to spend $20 every time you re-spool your reel, you’re going to get 4 or 5 uses out of it.


            When you fill up a reel with line, you’re never going to throw the line that’s down at the bottom of the reel. You want your reel to be as full as possible because you did get longer casts from that. If your reel’s getting a quarter of the way down there from retying, from breaking off, you’re not going to get as long a cast. Backing really saves you money and it’s a good way to justify buying those premium lines, because they really do perform better than the cheaper lines. Backing’s definitely a smart thing to do.


Gene:   Especially if you’re a broke college kid.


Ryan:   Especially if you’re a broke college kid, exactly.


Gene:   Like I always say, visit for the answers to all your questions about bass fishing. Have a great day.


Ryan:   See you, guys.

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