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Tackle guide- How to spool braided fishing line on your fishing reel

Braided line, A-line with ZERO STRETCH! Fishing with braid has its own advantages. Among the basic three types of line, Braid is my personal favorite like many other anglers. Yup, it’s significantly

  • Thinner
  • Stronger
  • More Sensitive

Than a monofilament and fluorocarbon line. But if you just started fishing, you must deal with slipping problem of this braided line, don’t you

Spool a braided line on a spinning reel or a baitcaster is a bit different than other lines. As you know the braided line has very low friction, that’s why it slips from the spool which can cause a very disgusting situation.

When you spool braid lines directly on your reel, it doesn’t get enough friction. As a result, when you hook a big fish, it slips away or floats away from the whole surface and you won’t even have the power to reel in. what a mess, right?

So, what’s the escape plan for this issue? Well, nothing to worry about. Where there’s a problem, there’s a solution for it too! There are a few techniques to avoid this issue. Though nowadays, the expensive reel offers a braid ready spool where you will find the spool wrapped with a thin rubber layer. That gives enough friction and prevent the line from slipping.

But what if it’s not braided ready? Well, you got two options. Either you can

  • Use electrical tape on the reel spool
  • Spool some monofilament line first and then spool braided line on it

Spool your braided fishing line on a spinning reel

Method -1

Materials

  1. An electric/electricians tape
  2. A Scissor
  3. A wet piece of cloth or rag
  4. A-Rod with spinning reel attached on it
  • Pick the white electrical tape
  • Wrap it around the spool
  • Tie an overhand knot on the braided line
  • Now tie another overhand knot on the spool and tighten up the line on the spool firmly
  • Don’t forget to open the bail
  • Hold the line with the wet rag and give the line enough tension
  • Finally, reel in and spool the line
  • Stop reeling the line when it’s sixteen of an inch from the edge(the more you reel, better line capacity you will get but too close to the edge or far more line from the edge will cause wind knot)

Here you go, that’s how you can spool braided line on your spinning reel. Super easy, isn’t it?

Method -2

Materials

  1. 20 yards of Monofilament line
  2. A scissor
  3. Wet Rag
  4. A-Rod with spinning reel attached on it

It’s the method or technique most anglers prefer most, actually, it’s the more economical way to spool a braided line on a reel.

  • First things first, tie an arbor knot
  • Spool some monofilament line on the reel (around 20 yards of 10 lb powerpro)
  • Always remember to flip the bail before you tie the knot on the spool
  • Always use a wet cloth to run the line through while spooling
  • Keep the line tight in your hands using the cloth/rag the whole process. If you do not maintain enough tension for even a second, it could result in your line not sticking to the spool the way you want it to
  • After spooling some mono, it’s time to cut the mono and tie the braided line with it
  • Don’t forget to go through the top eye of the rod before making a tie between mono and braid
  • Perform a FG knot to establish a bond between this two line (it’s the most reliable knot)
  • Now keeping the braid underneath the rod, start reeling while maintaining enough tension as you did before
  • Try to cover for 1/8 of an inch left on your spinning reel (between the end of the line and the end of the spool) for maximum casting and performance

That’s how you spool braided line on your reel with a bottom layer of monofilament. You can also use fluorocarbon instead, the choice is yours.

how to spool braided fishing line

How to spool braided fishing line on a baitcaster

You are on a fishing scenario, a brand new baitcaster on your hand and new braided line on it. But what the heck! The drag is not working or you don’t have the power to reel in! Cause the braided line is spinning around the spool. Did you ever face the problem? Well, I did when I was a novice angler back than. That’s when I learned how to spool braided line on a baitcasting reel.

Spooling the braided line on a baitcasting reel is pretty similar to spooling it on a spinning reel. Again you do have 2 options, either you can go for an electrical tape or you can put some monofilament or fluorocarbon at the base. The process is all the same like before. Best of luck on that, folks!

Note: Just remember to maintain enough pressure/tension while you reel in.

Why we should use braided line- pros and cons

Braided lines have certain pros and cons, if you just started fishing you should try all of the lines randomly to gather experience about that. You may be heard that, in some cases, the braided lines are the best of all. Yup, you heard it right. A result shows us that, 95% of the fisherman that using a spinning reel, they use braided line. And the most important things is, they are satisfied using it.

But here’s the catch, everything in the world has both positive and negative sides. There are some disadvantages too that you should know about. Let’s have a quick look at the pros and cons of braided line.

Pros

  • Thinner diameter, better castability: Braid has the best castability among all other lines, it’s so thin in diameter that you can cast for a very long distance than monofilament or fluorocarbon.
  • Zero, higher sensitivity: do you know that braided line has no stretchability at all! What that means is its extremely sensitive, the moment you get a bite, you will be triggered if you use a braided line.
  • Don’t absorb water, lasts long: braided lines do not absorb any water, that’s the reason behind its long lasting life. Yup, it costs much, but in proper maintenance, it can for 5 or 6 years.
  • No line memory, won’t have to face any line twist: it’s so annoying when we face line twist, monofilament has line memory. But the braided line? No line memory at all!

Cons

  • Very expensive: bad for you, braided lines are not budget friendly at all, yup it’s quite expensive. Braided lines are the most expensive lines among all other lines, it costs 3 times the cost of the monofilament line.
  • Has wind knot issues: one of the most annoying things when fishing is this wind knot or air knot. Braided line has this wind knot issues and it’s disgusting. Here’s a pro tip for you, close the bail of a spinning reel manually with your hand, that will decrease the possibility of wind knots.
  • Highly Visible underwater: braided lines are visible under water, that lessens the chance of getting bites greatly. In fact, in clear water, there’s almost zero chance of getting any bite. No matter what color you use, it’s visible and feels intrusive in the underwater world.
  • Not that abrasion resistant: shockingly true that, monofilament line is more abrasion resistant than braided lines. They show a low performance in terms of abrasion resistance.

 

In the end

No one loves any kind of disruption during fishing, for a smooth fishing experience there are many fishing hacks that you will know through the whole journey. It’s just some quality information about how to spool the braided lines on your reel, hope this will help to make your fishing experience much more smoother.

If you know any more hacks regarding this, we would love to learn that from you, please hit a comment below to lets us know what you think. Till then, happy fishing folks.

Nicholi Wyto

Hey I'm Nicholi Wyto is a professional sports fisherman and hunter, love to enjoy spending time in Michigan’s rugged northern forests. I love to explore my experience and help others who are interested in fishing and hunting.

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