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Default Measuring Fly Reel and Fly Line Capacity - a little tool to help

We rarely get told (properly) by the manufacturers the capacity of their reels so I reckon we consumers should use our collective power and compile a useful list. Here is a little program to calculate the volume for you. Measuring Fly Reel Capacity

Here is my starter for three:

ReelCapacity
Hardy Ultralight LA #10/11.218 cm3
Hardy Angel #11/12176 cm3
Hardy Ultralight LA #9/10.171 cm3
Hardy JLH Ultralight Salmon. #9/10169 cm3
Hardy Ultralite Disk #7/875 cm3

Fly LineCapacity
Airflo Poly Micro Backing 100 metres 25cm3
Mastery Spey 75ft Head #10/11 130 cm3
Hardy Mach II #10 130 cm3

I hope I have programmed this correctly! Please post yours so I can add to the list.


NOTE: On a loaded reel you can measure the volume of the fly line by treating the outer edge of the backing as the arbour radius and the outer edge of the line as the spool radius. The calculator will tell you the volume the fly line takes when wound on to the reel.

If the fly line is not on a reel but still on a spool then use the same technique. Measure arbour radius and spool width then measure the radius to where the line reaches on the spool and spool width at that point. Easy.

In other words on a loaded reel you can easily get a close approximation of the 'wound' volume taken up by the backing, fly line and the the capacity of the spool itself. Just by measurting the radius from the edge of each to the centre of the reel plus spool width - and using the calculator.

My measurement of fly line backing takes up 0.25 cm3 per metre. i.e. 200metres - 50 cm3


PS. 1 cubic centimetre is 0.0610237441 cubic inches.
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