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I have a 7' MF Abu Garcia Veritas 2.0 that I just got, I am planning to put a 2500 size reel on but it hasn't arrived in the mail yet. So I stuck a (size 40:o) reel on it because I had one laying around and I was casting in the yard. it casts fine but there was lots of line slap on the retrieve. I've never had this issue on any other of my setups before so I'm wondering if the slap is because of the huge reel.

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I have a theory about this. You should be ok with the 2500 series reel. I'm not sure a smaller spooled reel would help out much, in fact depending on the type of line you fish, it might be effect it negatively. Say for instance you use 8lb fluoro, I have to think most fluoros on a small spooled reel would tend to coil a bit. If you flip the bail and cast, would the release of that "tension" make the line fly off the spool like opening a can of spring snakes? If it is not going through the guides fast enough, it will hit the blank. If you are fishing a rod that uses micro guides near the tip like alot of the new ones and most of the JDM stuff I prefer to fish, that has to cause line slap.

 

When i was building some of my own rods in the early 2000's, I opted for match raised frame guides. These guides held the ring out significantly farther off the blank than standard guides. With small spool reel and those match guides, line slapping the blank is never an issue.

 

So to remedy your problem, simply look for a more limp line such as InviZX. It is all I use on my light tackle rigs and for good reason.

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The rods guide train are mostly at fault here. Short of changing rods about all you can do is try the softest line you can and use heavier baits to keep the line tight 

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The problem is the 1st large stripper guide is too small for the 4000 size spinning reels D line over .010 diameter. You should be having more line slap casting then retrieving.

When you get the 2500 size reel that problem shoukd go away if you are using line less than .010 diameter, heavier line on a smaller spool creates problems.

Tom

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On June 17, 2017 at 7:57 PM, WRB said:

The problem is the 1st large stripper guide is too small for the 4000 size spinning reels D line over .010 diameter. You should be having more line slap casting then retrieving.

When you get the 2500 size reel that problem shoukd go away if you are using line less than .010 diameter, heavier line on a smaller spool creates problems.

Tom

thanks, I put a smaller reel on and the problem is fixed! also it only did that when there was low tension on the line during the retrieve  (casting a light lure)

On June 17, 2017 at 7:32 PM, Delaware Valley Tackle said:

The rods guide train are mostly at fault here. Short of changing rods about all you can do is try the softest line you can and use heavier baits to keep the line tight 

 

On June 17, 2017 at 6:14 PM, earthworm77 said:

I have a theory about this. You should be ok with the 2500 series reel. I'm not sure a smaller spooled reel would help out much, in fact depending on the type of line you fish, it might be effect it negatively. Say for instance you use 8lb fluoro, I have to think most fluoros on a small spooled reel would tend to coil a bit. If you flip the bail and cast, would the release of that "tension" make the line fly off the spool like opening a can of spring snakes? If it is not going through the guides fast enough, it will hit the blank. If you are fishing a rod that uses micro guides near the tip like alot of the new ones and most of the JDM stuff I prefer to fish, that has to cause line slap.

 

When i was building some of my own rods in the early 2000's, I opted for match raised frame guides. These guides held the ring out significantly farther off the blank than standard guides. With small spool reel and those match guides, line slapping the blank is never an issue.

 

So to remedy your problem, simply look for a more limp line such as InviZX. It is all I use on my light tackle rigs and for good reason.

 

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