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Spooling Line on to a Spinning Reel

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What is the proper procedure for installing monofilament on a spinning reel?
post #2 of 13
Step 1. Lay the spool flat on the ground so when you reel the line comes off the spool without twisting.

Step 2. Thread the mono through the eyes of the rod.

Step 3. Tie the mono around the spool.

Step 4. Reel until the spool is nearly full.

Step 5. Strip all the mono off and re spool with braid



Step 5 is optional but highly recommended
post #3 of 13
Thread Starter 
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Originally Posted by Mike415 View Post
Step 1. Lay the spool flat on the ground so when you reel the line comes off the spool without twisting.
Step 2. Thread the mono through the eyes of the rod.
Step 3. Tie the mono around the spool.
Step 4. Reel until the spool is nearly full.
Step 5. Strip all the mono off and re spool with braid

Step 5 is optional but highly recommended


Mike, thanks for your reply. In Step 1, am I correct to asume that you do not allow the spool to turn? Also, to prevent the twisting should the line come off the spool in a clockwise direction or a counterclockwise direction?
post #4 of 13
The label on the spool of mono should be facing the reel.
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Originally Posted by StormCaster View Post
The label on the spool of mono should be facing the reel.


99% of the time. Reel several yards on, then strip off some line and see if it twists. If so flip the spool of line.
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The label on the spool of mono should be facing the reel.


I am not sure that this will always apply. I have several spools of Stren monofilament. Also a spool of Berkley Trilene. On the Stren, with the lable
facing up the line is wound on the spool in a ccw direction. Therefore, it would come off the spool in a cw diection. The Berkley Trilene is wound on the spool in the opposite direction. Seems like the folks who make monofilament would get together and all wind their spools in the same direction. Wyatt B.
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Originally Posted by Wyatt Blankingship View Post
Mike, thanks for your reply. In Step 1, am I correct to asume that you do not allow the spool to turn? Also, to prevent the twisting should the line come off the spool in a clockwise direction or a counterclockwise direction?


It does not really matter at first. Reel some line onto the spool, stop and look. If line is starting to twist, flip the spool over. Reel more line and stop, look, if all is good keep reeling. Stop again after 30 secs. or so. If line is twisting flip the spool again, if not keep reeling.

Bottom line; you stop to check for line twist several times while filling the reel.
post #8 of 13
What is the best knot to use when tying mono onto an empty spool?
post #9 of 13
I use a 3 turn uni knot ;s sometimes an arbor knot.
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I don't understand this compulsion to pre-twist mono onto spinning reels, by having it uncoil in spirals off the manufacturer's spool. That simply guarantees problems, especially with stiffer and more abrasion resistant brands.

Good mono is wound straight on the manufacturer's spool, with virtually no twist at all. A spinning reel twists the line onto its spool on the retrieve and untwists the line off the spool on the cast. For spinning reels that are working correctly, the 2 twisting actions are equal and opposite.

Try this: put the manufacturer's spool on a spindle. Have the line unwind from the spool like cable pulled off a winch. Wind the new mono straight onto the spinning reel while applying a moderate tension to the line.

It's what I actually do and it works. FB
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I don't understand this compulsion to pre-twist mono onto spinning reels, by having it uncoil in spirals off the manufacturer's spool. That simply guarantees problems, especially with stiffer and more abrasion resistant brands.

Good mono is wound straight on the manufacturer's spool, with virtually no twist at all. A spinning reel twists the line onto its spool on the retrieve and untwists the line off the spool on the cast. For spinning reels that are working correctly, the 2 twisting actions are equal and opposite.

Try this: put the manufacturer's spool on a spindle. Have the line unwind from the spool like cable pulled off a winch. Wind the new mono straight onto the spinning reel while applying a moderate tension to the line.

It's what I actually do and it works. FB


This is what I have been doing since 1958 when I bought my first spinning reel. I still have that trusty Mitchell 302. The reason for my original question is that I have read a bunch of threads on Surf Talk on this subject and they
did not agree with how I was spooling my reels. What I found that was very
interesting is that not all reels - at least the ones I own - turn in the same
direction and that not all monofilament suppliers wind their spools in the same direction. I will probably spool my new Penn 760L just like I have been spooling my reels for the last 51 years. If I decide to change, I will spool it
in on to my reel in the same direction that the line was wound on the spool with the new line. I plan to use Berkley Trilene Big Game. It is spooled clockwise looking at the label on the spool. I have some Trilene spools. The are all wound in the opposite direction to the Berkley line. That is, counterclockwise looking at the lable.
post #12 of 13
Somebody's official word is to take the line off the spool so that it goes on the reel in the same direction.
But line twists for any number of reasons, no swivel etc. The simplest thing is to let the line out behind the boat, let it untwist, then reel it back on.
It don't hurt to manually close the bail, and watch what happens when you reel in.
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Originally Posted by Mike415 View Post
Step 1. Lay the spool flat on the ground so when you reel the line comes off the spool without twisting.
Step 2. Thread the mono through the eyes of the rod.
Step 3. Tie the mono around the spool.
Step 4. Reel until the spool is nearly full.
Step 5. Strip all the mono off and re spool with braid

Step 5 is optional but highly recommended


I have also found when spooling my reels I have a friend hold the spool tight with a pencil or a screw driver through the spool.He holds the spool while you wind the line on the reel this way you can get a good tention on the reel.
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