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Hey guys, I just got a new baitcaster made for supporting braided line, and I spooled some up last night only to have it catch a knot UNDER most of the braid and I ended up having to cut ALL of it off because it was so bad.  Because of this I was just wondering if theres a different way to spool braid that prevents that, I didn't have the line tension up for about the first 20 yards or so, and I thought that might have something to do with it, and I also think I put too much on and that contributed, but I'm just looking for some tips.

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Braided line is so limp that any technique is suitable for winding it on a reel. It helps to have tension on the line while putting it on the reel just like it does with mono. It sounds like you had the line spool on a rod of some sort without any resistance and got an overrun on the line spool that caused the tangle that you wound onto the reel. I can't imagine it happening any other way.

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step 1: go buy power pro braid if you didn't the first time

step 2: apply tension when reeling it onto the spool

step 3: be happy

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Absolutly Power Pro.  Also, did you add 5-8 yards of mono backer?  Its really important to have that backer on.

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power pro better than fireline?

Power Pro and Suffix seem to be the most popular braids (from what I've remember reading on the boards).  I personally do not care for fireline. I'm using Suffix Performance braid.

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Use tape, no need for backing.  I haven't used backing for braid in a few years.

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Hey Guys,

Thanks for the responses, I figured having not enough tension on the reel was probably the culprit, and I figured not putting so much line on it might help too.  I didn't put a mono backer on it, but I asked one of the employees at the tackle store I went to (to buy new line to replace the stuff I destroyed...sigh) and he said the same thing, either a mono backer or a piece of cloth tape.  Though that raises another question:Do I tie the braid TO the mono, or just use the mono as a buffer between the reel and the line? It's a bass pro nitro reel, made to take braid, but I figure if nothing else mono will allow the braid to catch better initially and thus spool a little better.

Once again, thanks for the help guys!

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Unless you want to lose all of your braid , I suggest you tie the braid to the mono backing with a uni to uni knot.

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