I have a new reel and need to fully load line on it, I have never had to do this in my life !! Do i need a knot or do i just wind it on ?? Please help...Thanks...LL.
I also wind line onto my reels (fs) like this, although i keep reading that it is best done off the front of the spool. I recently spooled braid this way so i hope the so called experts are right.The arbor knot the simplest one to use. It's easy to tie.
I don't like winding line on over the lip of the spool of the line any twist is a bad idea. I've knocked something up to do it under tension with the spool of line rotating but a pencil or something in between the cushions on a settee with a small cushion on top will do. You will find your reel will cast better if the line is wound on with a bit of tension. Some hold the line with a bit of rag etc as it's wound on.
LL Yes you need a knot. If you`re loading with braid put some mono on first to cushion. There are all sorts of fancy knots for doing the job, I`ve managed fine for almost 50 years with a simple old slip knot and an overhand knot on the tag end to stop it slipping right out. :giveup:
Also check, since it`s a fixed spool, that you wind the line off the shop spool with either the label side of the spool or the back of the spool facing your reel, dont simply wind it off as if it was coming off a centre pin.
Decide which side should face you buy checking which way your reel turns, i.e. clockwise or anti then make sure it comes off the spool in the same direction otherwise you will get a cracker of a twist.
Trust that is all clear as mud. :blink: :blink: (PS any reel, fixed or multi) does no harm at all to put on a few winds of thread, string, tape etc before your line, acts as a cushion to stop the memory of mono crushing, unlikely on a general purpose reel but if you ever hit something heavy?????? who knows.
"wind the line off the shop spool with either the label side of the spool or the back of the spool facing your reel"
Ive always been told thats the wrong way to do it?