Anyone who has braved a bait caster knows that one small mistake can lead to a backlash that is simply beyond repair. This can further lead to cutting off all of the line on the reel and re-spooling - or putting the rod on the deck of your boat and retiring it for the day.
This won't apply to all anglers, but the casting reel is used a lot in fishing. It takes a lot of practice but, once you have the grasp of the casting reel (bait caster), then you can fully reap the benefits. However, learning to cast these reels is a whole other topic—today we focus again on spooling each line class properly. Following a couple of crucial steps can really improve the performance of this reel type.
This week we will keep monofilament and fluorocarbon together in the same class and braid in a class of its own. Bait casters, although not necessary, can be easier to spool with a friend. Having the ability to stretch the line with a buddy when spooling up can ensure that the line goes onto the spool evenly and snug.
Monofilament / Fluorocarbon
Before we even think of spooling up, we must consider the memory characteristic of this line class. With that being said it's imperative that the line come off of the top when you are spooling a casting reel. This ensures that the line is coming from the feeder spool counter-clockwise so that the reel is, in a way, neutralizing the memory in the line.
- Adam Vallee