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Spooling a Spinning Reel

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OK guys, lets have at it!

I have always been told, and have seen this technique on Ike's DVD, that when you spool a spinning reel you do so by having the lline come off the spool in a counter-clockwise manner.

The reason is that the line comes off the spool in a clockwise manner and the counter-clockwise spooling technique allows the line to come off the spool clockwise, therefore greatly reducing line twist.

So what do you guys think?

I also make sure not to overfill the spinning reel even though Ike says that it is OK to do so.

And the barrel swivil is one of the secrets of reducing line twist.  

They are expensive but worth every cent.

So what is it?  Spool clockwise or counter-clockwise???  :exclamation

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Run the line through a few guides, put the spool on the floor with the label up, make a few cranks. check for twist. If you have twist which will happen very seldom turn the spool over, fill the spool to 1/8" from the lip. You won't need to make sure the line is coming off the line spool properly.

Make sure your lures are not spinning and soft plastics are rigged straight. Don't crank against a slipping drag.

I back reel so reeling with the drag slipping is not an issue. I have been going to Canada for more than 25 years for a week or two of solid fishing and I can't recall ever needing to drag a line around to get the kinks out. My buddy relies on the drag and we need to get the twist out of his line every day or two. If you want to see how badly reeling against a slipping drag twists pull a few feet of line off and loosen the drag and crank.

I do go a step further and put a swivel on the front of in-line spinners like Mepps and others that are prone to twist.

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I have always been told, and have seen this technique on Ike's DVD, that when you spool a spinning reel you do so by having the lline come off the spool in a counter-clockwise manner.

The reason is that the line comes off the spool in a clockwise manner and the counter-clockwise spooling technique allows the line to come off the spool clockwise, therefore greatly reducing line twist.

That is correct, the line should come off the supply spool counterclockwise. Let me restate the reason. When you look at your reel from the front, the line goes on clockwise, putting a twist in it with each revolution. Having the the line come off the supply spool counterclockwise partially offsets the clockwise twist.

There is an exception: some reels with anti-twist line rollers have instructions that you should spool with the supply spool up and down like a baitcaster. My personal experience is that for these reels, either way works well. If in doubt, put the supply spool on the floor.

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Sam,

      I make sure that the line comes off the spool in the same direction as the spinning reel spins.  But you are going to have some line twist based on the fact that you are taking a big curl from one spool and turning it into a small curl on the reel.  After I spool up the reel, I connect a snap swivel to the line, connect the snap to something outside and walk until all the line has come off the reel.  Then I reel all the line in under pressure as I walk back.  The swivel allows the twist to twist out of the line.  It works for me.

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I use the same reel spooler that I use for my bait casters (it has a line counter). After spooling, I tie the end off and walk across the yard till the spool is almost empty, cut it loose and reel it back with friction through a rag soaked in reel magic. Never think about it again, until next line change. Which I do pretty often.

Ronnie

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fill the spool to 1/8" from the lip.

What about reels that have a beveled front edge on the spool like the newer Shimano reels?  Do you spool them up to where the bevel starts (which seems to be 1/8" from the outer edge) or 1/8" lower than that?

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I've tried every way of laying the spool down over the years, label up, label down, spooling like a baitcaster.......  Some of the techniques here where you spool up, then unspool and rewind with a swivel or reel magic seem like they have potential, maybe I'll try that.  But so far the best one I've seen for my reels (and I've been through a lot of spinning reels that were all different) seems to be label facing downward or having the spool rolling off line as if on a baitcaster.  But label up has ALWAYS put a bunch of line twist in my line.  

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 Have always used Stren and used the cut-out on the side to run my line thru and every now and then drop rod tip towards box to see if it twists up. Everything is always fine until I tie on  Mepps spinner or a fluke and then all breaks loose...

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