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Does anyone have any secrets on how to keep track of what a particular rod/reel has in relation to different lines.

For example if I have 3 crank bait rods set up with all 3 of the same reels but I want 10 pound fluorocarbon on one, 17 pound mono on another and 15 pound fluorocarbon on another ... how do you keep track as to what has what without any damage to the rod or reel?

Any idea's?

Steve

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On my spinning reels, I unscrew the drag completely as if I were removing the spool, then I write with a Sharpie on the spool what the line weight is. I haven't done anything on my casting reels except I try to keep the line weight in the middle of the rod's recommended line weight. ie. if the rod is rated for 10 to 20 pound line, I probably have

14# on it. You could probably write the line weight on the foot where the reel seats to the rod, underneath if you didn't want it to show.  Sharpie can easily be removed with rubbing alcohol.

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I am well aware of what brand is on my reels.  YoZuri and PowerPro.  As far as the line weight I have one of them $10 labeling machines and just punch  the weight number in clip it off and stick it to bottom of reel.  Whenever I switch it's just a matter of peeling the label off and putting a new one on.  You could use a single letter prefix if you wanted.  Something like G08(Gamma 8#) or Y6(YoZuri 6#).  Keep it to three spaces and it will stick nice on the bottom side of bcs

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Once you get used to your line, you will be able to recognize at a glance the lb difference just by looking. I have three identical set ups, one has 15lb and the other two 12 all it takes is a glance. I have also thought about putting low vis green on one reel to tell the difference easier. But in short I can tell the different lb ratings by looking. Out of 6 set ups I have three different line sizes and I can tell at a glance what is 15 lb, what is 12lb and what is 8 lb.

Of course since you are using three different types and sizes use clear, low vis green and smoke that way you don't need to use a sticker or label anything, just remember what line is what color.

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Some good ideas, I have 14 rods in the boat at all times and keeping track of what rod has exactly what is some times confusing.  I am very specific in my set ups and many times have 2-3 rods with jigs, and 2 rods with spinnerbaits and 3 rods with crankbaits just to list a few examples and in many cases it is not only maybe a color difference but I try to mix up line sizes to cover a different depth in the water column and I am just looking for a better way to keep track.

Thanks and keep them coming.

Steve

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I saw someone use masking tape on tv. They just wrote the type of line on it and stuck it on the side of the reel.

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I saw someone use masking tape on tv. They just wrote the type of line on it and stuck it on the side of the reel.

That's what I do. I put the piece of tape on the underside to keep it out of the way.

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Hmm...

Spinning tackle: #6 Yo-Zuri Hybrid Ultra Soft

Baitcasting gear: #12 Hybrid or Hybrid Ultra Soft

I never get confused.   ;)

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I write what's on my reels on the foregrip of my rod with a sharpie.  At the end of the year, I always go over the grips with fine sandpaper to clean them and the sharpie comes off along with all the dirt and grime.  Then you have a blank slate to use for the following year.

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I use 13 different set ups + interchange 2 spools , I just know what's on each one of them and what presentation to use on each one.

I thought dementia was just for us old folks.

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Unlike RW I use a variety of different lines and tests for certain applications. I am somewhat settling on a particuliar brand but still use multiple test. What I like to use is a Brother Lable Maker. You can print out Test and Brand until you settle on 2 like RW if that's possible.

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Does anyone have any secrets on how to keep track of what a particular rod/reel has in relation to different lines.

Steve

Line color coding:

Clear Blue/fluorescent = 10 lb test

Moss Green = 12 Lbs

Clear = 14 pounds

Smoke = 17 lbs

Got a couple of reels with clear line that is not 14 lbs, those got 6 lbs but since they can 't hold heavier than 8 lbs and it 's easy to differentiate 14 lbs ( that looks rope thick next to 6 lbs ) there 's no problem in knowing that those reels have 6 lbs.  ;)

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I use white clinical tape and a marker, keep it on the rod behind the reel and on the line itself in my spare spools.

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I use multiple styles of line to fit what I am trying to do and to vary the depth of a given bait.  For example I may have 10 pound fluorocarbon and 12 pound mono for throwing the exact same swim jig but the 10 pound will get it a few feet deeper than the 12 pound mono.

I think tape on the bottom of the reel see maybe the way to go, not really sure I can bring myself to use a Sharpie on a $300 St. Croix Legend Elite even if sand paper takes it off.  :-/

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All of my baitcasters have 15 pound line, the spinning reel has 10, and the ultralight has 4.

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I think tape on the bottom of the reel see maybe the way to go, not really sure I can bring myself to use a Sharpie on a $300 St. Croix Legend Elite even if sand paper takes it off. :-/

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i am one of those weirdos who uses braid for everything. I use 20# suffix braid for all my bait casting setups. I like the casting distance it gives me and I use 14# for my spinning. I do have one rod rigged with 12# yozuri though I don't think i even used it last year. so I dont have to  wonder what is on the reel.

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I pull off the little sticky on the spool write the line size and brand on it and stick it on the reel foot.

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Baitcasters all have (Yo-Zuri Ultra Soft) 12# except one has 15# (it's the one with the big jig tied on...).  I only have 2 spinning outfits for bass - one 10#, one 8#.  Several light/ultralight (for the slab crappie) and they have 4#.  Spinning gear all have Trilene XL mono.

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