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I just spooled my reel up with new line it's rated for 125 yards of 14lb test I filled it almost all the way to the top of the spool and tied it off to a fence post and started walking out the line to stretch it to my reel so the line doesn't dig in and so it forms to my reel it helps with backlashes.. But when I get to the very end of my spool it's only about 60-75 yards of line do the manufactures of these reels actually test how much line they really hold or do they just guess

I'm using Cajun red 14 pound test it's a little thinner than most others rated at the same test anybody else notice this with your reels

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Since you now know the capacity with a given diameter you can at least figure the capacity of other diameter lines.

14# Cajun Red is .36 millimeters in diameter. Lets say it holds 75 yards. 75 X.36=27 27 is your number. Now lets say you want to know how much 20# Cajun Red it will hold: 20# is .46 mm in diameter .46/27=58.7 yards. 10# Cajun Red is .3mm. .3/27=90 yards.

How much backing to put 50 yards of 10# you ask? 50 X .3=15 27-15=12 14# backing at .36/12=33.3 yards of backing.

Raul posted this formula a while ago, and I have used it a few times since. My teachers told me there would be real-world applications for this stuff...

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Math.... I'll pass.

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Stated line capacity is a guide to how many yards you will need to fill the spool and IMHO serves no other purpose. If you buy a new reel and it says 100 yards of 12 # you know you can fill the reel with about 100 yard spool of new line.

If you use 8# it takes more if you use 20# it takes less.

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It can also depend on how filled the spool is when you decide it is full. I've seen people only put half a spool full on and call it full and then wonder why they are running out of line after a couple snags. It really hurts casting distance too. The last 1/8 inch of spool has a lot more yards in it then the first 1/8 inch.

I've never seen one that was way off but could see it happening, I'm going towards one size larger spinning reels just to avoid that. Harder to do that on baitcasters.

Tim

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I just spooled my reel up with new line it's rated for 125 yards of 14lb test I filled it almost all the way to the top of the spool and tied it off to a fence post and started walking out the line to stretch it to my reel so the line doesn't dig in and so it forms to my reel it helps with backlashes.. But when I get to the very end of my spool it's only about 60-75 yards of line do the manufactures of these reels actually test how much line they really hold or do they just guess

I'm using Cajun red 14 pound test it's a little thinner than most others rated at the same test anybody else notice this with your reels

I'd e-mail the manufacturer if you're curious enough. Even given the fact that there are no standards for diameter and that diameters of the same pound test vary among manufacturers, there is still something very wrong when actual capacity is just about 50% of the stated capacity.

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