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Old 05-06-2014, 11:08 AM
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Default Putting line on my reels

Hi Guys,

I am getting a little weary of taking my reels to the fly shop to be lined. What tools would I need to do this myself?

Thanks for your help!

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Old 05-06-2014, 11:22 AM
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Are you talking about putting backing on or a new floating line ?

What weight reels i.e. trout reels, saltwater reels, bass reels etc etc
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I mount the reel on the butt section of a (2 pc.) rod which includes a stripping guide, pass the backing's Bimini loop up through the guide and passing it through the line's rear loop (or matching Bimini) pass it over the lines plastic spool. DO NOT strip the line off the spool and try to deal with it, tangles and twists are inevitable if you do. Seat the two loops snugly together square knot style and place the lines plastic spool on a pencil. Either have someone hold the two ends of the pencil or devise a method to jam one end of it into something which allows the spool to freely rotate and simply wind the line onto the reel using your non winding hand to guide it on uniformly and snug but not tightly. Check to confirm it mostly fills your reel but not too full as you must avoid jamming line against a reel pillar. The same can be done to mount backing on a new reel but you must devise a method of putting the backing spool under pressure as you want to wind it on tightly. Spongy, not tight enough backing can bite into itself jamming the line, a bad thing.
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