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VR75/50 owners - Is this line lay ok?

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I got my new VR75 and this is how it looks after I spooled it up and made perhaps 15 test casts.
 

It looked a little bottom heavy to me so stopped spooling when the back of spool filled up just right. 
 

I am not sure if this is normal. Should I be concerned?

 

Thanks!

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I don’t know if you should be concerned. It sure doesn’t look very smooth. I was considering one of those. I’d sure like to see how people respond.

JD

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Looks fine to me. 15 lb. on my 50 and is about the same.

Never understood the obsession with line lay on modern reels. Why worry about it if is a little off, it will still work fine.

Never have issue with my old  VS and the hour glass line lay.

 

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6 hours ago, oysterbreath said:

What size line? I have a VR50 with 15# and a VR75 with 20# both are Berkeley X9 and lay flatter than yours. 

20# J-braid x8 grand. 

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Thanks for the replies everyone. I looked up some videos last night and lay looks slightly bottom heavy on these reels, seems I am not that far off from others who posted pics above.

 

I am not looking for beautiful line lay but was concerned about button heaviness and potential wind knots. I live near windy beaches and wind knots are the worst!

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Wind knots will come from the lining end of spool heavy. That tends to release more line on the cast and results in wind knots.

Your's looks fine.

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I would not worry about it unless you start seeing a lot of “wind knots”. A bottom heavy line lay can contribute to wind knots since a slightly loose wrap of line only gets looser if a lower wrap pulls it forward onto the narrower front portion of the spool. 

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It should cast fine like that but if you want a flat pattern reduce the under-spool washer by .008-.010in

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1 hour ago, XBMX said:

It should cast fine like that but if you want a flat pattern reduce the under-spool washer by .008-.010in

I am too lazy to be a tinkerer but thanks for the tip!

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16 hours ago, superuser said:

Thanks for the replies everyone. I looked up some videos last night and lay looks slightly bottom heavy on these reels, seems I am not that far off from others who posted pics above.

 

I am not looking for beautiful line lay but was concerned about button heaviness and potential wind knots. I live near windy beaches and wind knots are the worst!

Hey superuser,

Thanks for posting and thank you to those who've answered.

Good info here.

13 hours ago, XBMX said:

It should cast fine like that but if you want a flat pattern reduce the under-spool washer by .008-.010in

XBMX,

I plan on acquiring one of these reels. I am a tinkerer. Can you please share how one would "...reduce the under-spool washer by .008-.010in."?

Thanks!

JD

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7 hours ago, jjdbike said:
7 hours ago, jjdbike said:

 

XBMX,

I plan on acquiring one of these reels. I am a tinkerer. Can you please share how one would "...reduce the under-spool washer by .008-.010in."?

Thanks!

JD

The washers purpose aside from alignment of the spool to line roller is reducing friction as drag is pulled. Most spinning reels have a washer about .018-.020 inch. About the thickness of a matchbook cover. I made mine by punching out blanks of various food storage lids. Any thin plastic/nylon type material is useable. They can be easily cut with scissors as well. A heated nail can be use for the hole. Just remember to trim off the edges you want a smooth flat finished item. 

 

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