03-02-2012, 12:13 PM
Re: Tip for spooling backing
The best way is to insure you put it on tight enough while you're doing it. After the fact, you can squeeze the backing after it's on the spool, and it should feel rock hard and not depress when you squeeze on it.
Gel spuns have very little stretch or contraction even with cold weather so can be wound as tight as you want without warping the spools like with monofilament.
On a big reel, I wind it on with about 5 pounds of dead lift pressure and it is very hard work. Smaller reels don't need so much.
To get an idea of drag forces and dead lift weights, put a reel on the bottom section of a rod, tie it to a 5 lb dumbell, point the rod section down so the line isn't rubbing the "line guard" bar and wind it up.
If you estimate that pressure with your winding hand while winding on the backing, you will get the backing much tighter than 5 lbs at the start than at the end. So you can make it a little easier on yourself and get a more consistant packing by concentrating on feeling the pressure in your rod hand and not your winding hand when reeling up the weight.
I think everyone should try doing that, just to get an idea of what 5 pounds or 3 lbs feels like. Most who haven't done it will be shocked at how much weight 5 lbs is.
Sweet and salt,
The good thing about fly fishing is that it is so varied that there is no way to become even proficient at everything - especially with continually changing materials and tools of the trade. We have only recently begun to catch up with conventional gear men in splicing techniques, knots, teasing techniques for certain fish and the like, when it comes to saltwater fly fishing.
Last edited by wjc; 03-02-2012 at 12:41 PM.