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post #16 of 42

Interesting thread ! It takes alot of patience in the begining but if you do the math it works out but you have to use the diameter of the mono backing and the diameter of the braid as well as what your reel holds and then it will work ! I found that once you use a line winder like berkley one your wife will stop yelping that her fingers are burning ( LOL ) and the shops will do the math for you ! Major stores that you buy the braid from will not charge you to put it on your reel , just the price of the braid and mono !!! This is a no brainer if you don't want to be bothered !!! Good luck and happy holidays !!!

post #17 of 42
Here’s an accurate way to spool any size reel with any # test backing. Some use 2 spools & crank the line off & on by hand which works fine if you have a 2nd empty spool for your reel, just do step 1 then 6 then reverse it onto the spare spool.

I don’t have a spare spool so I use a hand drill with a home made arbor and swap the reel spool & the line spools on the hand drill arbor as needed. no reel cranking required - process takes about 10 - 15 minutes.

1) Empty the spool of braid onto your reel spool.
2) Top off the braid with your desired # test backing to 1/8” of the lip of the spool and mark it with a pc of tape (do not cut it yet).
3) Re-spool the backing back on to the spool it came from.
4) Remove the braid back onto the spool it came from.
5) Install the backing up to the tape and cut it.
6) Attach your braid to the backing, and then fill the reel spool with your braid and your set!

The backing takes up the same amount of space regardless if it’s on top of the braid or under the braid. By topping off your spool as in step 2 you are assured of the proper amount of backing for your particular application regardless of reel size, braid thickness or backing # test.

Another option (which takes a little longer) is fill the reel spool with braid, attach the backing & top off the reel spool then reverse it onto an empty pp spool then again onto another pp spool. By this time the backing should be on top then reverse it a final time onto the reel spool.

I color code the end of the main section of backing with a sharpie to identify the main section reason being, as the season progress’s & I lose some braid, I add more backing sometimes 2 or 3 times. When it’s time to re-spool with new braid I strip the secondary backing down to the color code & re-spool with the new 300 yd spool.

Bill Z
post #18 of 42
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Thank you, sir!
post #19 of 42
I use a version of what Bill does. Loooong description made short:

- Wind braid on to empty reel spool.
- Tie on mono backing to braid and fill spool to desired level
- Then strip off ALL OF IT and reverse.
- Mono will then be on the bottom and braid on the top to desired level.
post #20 of 42
buy the 1500yd spool and just use it until you get stuck with the 50 extra yds and throw it out
post #21 of 42
Another option , fill the reel spool with braid, attach the backing & top off the reel spool and then put the rod with reel in rod holder. Open the reel and than walk down the beach with end of line in hands... Then back to the rod,take it , and walk again to the another end of line .Tie mono on spool and walk back to rod holder . . . Little gymnastics before fishing no one hurt smile.gif
post #22 of 42
I'll use the spare braid when rigging eels and making some teasers/bucktails and such..
post #23 of 42
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Originally Posted by avid fish View Post

Interesting thread ! It takes alot of patience in the begining but if you do the math it works out but you have to use the diameter of the mono backing and the diameter of the braid as well as what your reel holds and then it will work ! I found that once you use a line winder like berkley one your wife will stop yelping that her fingers are burning ( LOL ) and the shops will do the math for you ! Major stores that you buy the braid from will not charge you to put it on your reel , just the price of the braid and mono !!! This is a no brainer if you don't want to be bothered !!! Good luck and happy holidays !!!

Yes, but they charge more for the line than if you bought it bulk yourself....

 

That's the best bet really. Buy a 1200' spool. You'll save the most amount of money doing it that way.

 

My tackel shop charges 12 cents a foot for 50lb test. That's a lot of pennies to fill my reels, a whole lot of pennies.

post #24 of 42
12 cents per foot so $108 for filling up 300 yards of braid, wow! Would not go to that tackle shop!
post #25 of 42
12 cents is way too much. 10 cents. thats 30 bucks.
post #26 of 42
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Originally Posted by flytyingguy1 View Post

What reel,are you using & how much mono are you putting on the spool? Sounds like your using to much mono to me!
Sound more like he is using much less braid or he needs to learn how to set his drag correctly...
post #27 of 42
Also the shop should sell the bulk braid for exactly what it costs in consumer spools. Unless you buy wholesale or get a 'deal' (BEWARE) it should cost the same.
post #28 of 42

All my reels 3000 -8000 have the same amount of braid I don't cast more than 150 yards of braid lol So  I spool the 150 of braid maybe be -15 # or 20 # or 40 # ( i use  Samurai ) don't matter double uni knot mono to braid then spool mono ( which will be the BACKING )  to 1/4 tip of spool. W/ a larger reel or you can walk it off in a large open field empty the spooled reel ...now just tie the mono to your working spool and fill the spool  , Now you have a perfect amount of braid NO GUESS WORK. When you want to change the old braid just buy 150 yrds of any braid you like so as long as it the same Diam. takes about twenty min ( about 1 pt of Guinness )  just like HJS & Bill said : Don't know if they do the Guinness thing ?

post #29 of 42
Here is a way to save some dough. Dump the entire 300 yd spool or use that much off a bulk spool. You will have some backing of course. Use that until its starts to get too low on the spool. Bring it to the shop. Pull off the braid onto a empty bulk spool. Add new backing accounting for the lost amount of braid. Now take the old braid and transfer it onto another empty bulk spool. Then re spool the reel. Viola' the back of the braid is now up front and you still have tons of line left. You could go years doing that, keeping it fresh and just adding backing.
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post #30 of 42
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Originally Posted by scotmcpherson View Post

My tackle shop charges 12 cents a foot for 50lb test. That's a lot of pennies to fill my reels, a whole lot of pennies.

You should share that name of that shop with everyone you know, privately, of course. Somehow, a big drop in business seems to work well when dealing with "pirates", especially if they start hearing that is why, directly from customers . . .

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