Originally Posted by 9trout
I have a shiny new non level wind reel full of braid and I have searched the forum and seen where many say that laying the line on the spool with your left thumb becomes second nature and practice makes perfect, etc., but I cannot find a description of how to use my thumb to distribute the line on retrieve that my tiny brain can understand. Please help a deeply confused newcomer. I want to overcome a lifetime of bad habits and practice correctly in the first place, just once before I die.
Good on you for trying to figure out how to lay line evenly. It can be done and with practice you can achieve a better line lay than even a level wind can achieve.
This works for me => push (not cradle the line with your left thumb) left to right. Now the tricky part ( but easy in practice) at the the end of the left to right traverse flip your thumb under your line and then pull the line which is now resting against the base of your left thumb nail and pull it back from right to left.
Flip thumb again - push - flip - pull flip.
Hard to describe in words. Wish i could help you out in person.
Below is a picture of a Newell Blackie that is lingering on my computer desk top from a previous discussion in the Mass Forum, ignore the red arrow which was the topic of the discussion regarding using thumb control to break and the control the free wheeling Newell's. Look at the line lay laid up by my left thumb - done with a Camouflage Line that changed color every ten yards - you will never see these bands of color on a spinner . . . and I doubt on a level line as well.
Best of luck,