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Old 10-06-2011, 05:22 PM
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Default Even spooling of line on reel?

On a traditional spinning reel, the spool moves up and down to distribute the line evenly on the spool as it's being taken up.

I noticed when I reel in on my fly reel, the line bundles up to one side unless I position the line left-right-left-right as I'm taking the line in.

Is this normal?
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Default Re: Even spooling of line on reel?

You need to direct it, spooling it from one side to the other with your little finger while reeling
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Default Re: Even spooling of line on reel?

yes, totally normal if you dont guide the line as you reel it in. i use my index finger and kinda direct the line back and forth, as rip mentioned, as you reel in.
you will find as time goes by that this becomes an almost unconscious action and you will just do it with out even thinking about it.


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Default Re: Even spooling of line on reel?

Thanks guys. Was just making sure my reel wasn't broken. One would think they would've made a reel which would go side to side by now to avoid this. no?
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Default Re: Even spooling of line on reel?

Hi flyfishingjack,

You know the old saying that necessity is the mother of invention. They are not available as they are not needed. It just takes a little manipulation of a finger and the line goes in the right place.

Fly reels are made to be light weight. When you start adding mecanical line guides the reliability goes down and the weight goes up.

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Default Re: Even spooling of line on reel?

An intrinsic and charming characteristic of fly fishing gear is its ABSENCE of mechanical advantage. It is our ever evolving skill set in handeling our gear that contributes to our angling accumin.

It is important that you re-spool your line uniformly and a with the appropriat amount of tension as fly line and backing can bite into loose, sloopy coils, momentarily jam and cause a light tippet to part. In the currently stylish quest to increase the retreaval rate of line by increasing the diameter of the spool, some large-arbor reel designers have lost sight of this uniform line respooling issue and ventured into way too wide and shallow designs. This wide by shallow aspect ratio indeed retrives line faster but at the expense of dramiticly increaing the need to focus on uniform line retieval. Some designers, the just released Hardy Ultralite DD is a fine example, get it right by making the arbor very large but keeping the spool width narrow. Hatch Reels are a good example as well. Narrow width = more intuitive line retreaval during the time when you shoulld be concentrating and enjoying the give and take with a fine game fish not watching your reel. First and formost, a reel must fish well not meerly satisfy an engineer's desire to produce maximum line pick up per rotation.
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