Re: My reel seems weird
Here's your problem, and it isn't the reel. You have your fly line (and perhaps the backing) wrapped on/in (for a lack of a better term) 'lumps.' Parts are tight, some loose. As you pull off the line the 'effect' you get is just as you described.
Tie the fly line off and take a long walk, stretch and reel back on minding the backing/line go on in level (back and forth) strips.
Edit: when the FL is off the reel, push down on the backing with your finger tip. 'Sponginess?' Keep walking ... you're not done yet.
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