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I have watched the video Glen did on spooling a spinning reel. This was also in the directions on some Shimano reels I bought years ago. My stupid question is what difference does it make to do it like in the video or thread the line through all the guides and spool it? It appears to me it would work the same as long as the line is coming off the bottom of the spool. Just wondering if it does make a difference.

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Running the trough the guides allows you to see any coils developing between the spool and reel.

Tom

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make sure line is coming off the spool in a counter clockwise direction, that's really all you need to know when spooling a spinning reel.

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No matter which way I spool a spinning reel, when finished I open the bail, prop the rod in something in my garage and walk the line down my driveway, yard or even street and then rewind it on the spool.  It is the only way I can g-u-a-r-a-n-t-e-e there is no line twist from spooling.  When changing or retying in the boat I will occasionally feed out a bunch of line (nothing attached) and using my fingers for tension, rewind it back on the spool.  

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A mnemonic, a memory trick is this: For a casting reel with the line spool out front standing vertically (like the tire/wheel on a car orientation), the line comes off of it when spooling line onto the reel like an overhanded fastball pitch in baseball; for a spinning reel, it comes off of the line spool underhanded like a softball pitch.

 

Most of us have bought garden hoses over our lives and know that the winding "bias" in the hose remains . . . forever. So, after we use them in the yard and roll them up for storage, it is futile to try to roll one up in the opposite direction. Fishing lines are like this (not so much braid, of course), just to a much lesser visible degree. But, still to wind line on "backwards" while not as evident as with a rubber hose? It'll be much more likely to cause line management issues.

 

I'd see no issue at all with the suggestion of running the line back out greater than your long casting distance and winding it up again. It could help with line twist, sort of a separate issue from line's directional bias.

 

Brad

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I have a couple of two piece rods, so when I spool them I will just run it through the first guide and leave the second part off.

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1 hour ago, TOXIC said:

No matter which way I spool a spinning reel, when finished I open the bail, prop the rod in something in my garage and walk the line down my driveway, yard or even street and then rewind it on the spool.  It is the only way I can g-u-a-r-a-n-t-e-e there is no line twist from spooling.  When changing or retying in the boat I will occasionally feed out a bunch of line (nothing attached) and using my fingers for tension, rewind it back on the spool.  

Me to . I always walk the entire spool off in  the lawn then wind it in .  This removes all twist and takes five minutes .

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1 hour ago, TOXIC said:

No matter which way I spool a spinning reel, when finished I open the bail, prop the rod in something in my garage and walk the line down my driveway, yard or even street and then rewind it on the spool.  It is the only way I can g-u-a-r-a-n-t-e-e there is no line twist from spooling.  When changing or retying in the boat I will occasionally feed out a bunch of line (nothing attached) and using my fingers for tension, rewind it back on the spool.  

^^^ This is my way as well ^^^

 

I will walk them out many times throughout the year.

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Toxic, I do the same because I don't trust myself.  Only difference is I crank a new dry line back through a cotton ball soaked in KVD, sort of killing two birds with one stone.

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2 hours ago, OnthePotomac said:

Toxic, I do the same because I don't trust myself.  Only difference is I crank a new dry line back through a cotton ball soaked in KVD, sort of killing two birds with one stone.

I have a line spooling station with an arm and roller with spring tension on it to keep pressure on the spool while filling my reels. I stop once in a while to spray some reel magic on it.

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The reason I walk it off is that there is nothing more infuriating than making the first cast with a respooled spinning setup and even though you haven't overfilled, the line jumps off the spool like an Olympic diver!! You know you are in for a bad day when that happens.   

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2 hours ago, TOXIC said:

The reason I walk it off is that there is nothing more infuriating than making the first cast with a respooled spinning setup and even though you haven't overfilled, the line jumps off the spool like an Olympic diver!! You know you are in for a bad day when that happens.   

Ouch! That hurts. And, I have had it happen, for sure, I think once or twice. Once, it was when I wanted to stop, had about the right level on the reel . . . but I looked at the line spool and noticed that it had just a "little" left on it. What does one do with a fragment like that? So, I spooled it on so as not to waste it. Big Mistake. This was back when I used monofilament. Even it rarely gave me issues. The few instances I've had general line management issues, it was when I tried straight fluorocarbon. Never any issues with braid, ever. Even using 2 lbs. test.

 

I may go back and give longer "leaders" of fluorocarbon a try, say beyond a long pitching distance, spool on 50 feet or something like that and try the idea presented here.

 

Brad

 

 

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