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Old 05-25-2013, 10:15 PM
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Hey guys,

I recently bought a reel, (okuma integrity A series) and just up 100 yards of backing on it... I put my sink tip line on and as I got to the tip....the "large arbor" reel got too full to reel in the rest of the line without rubbing...so where to cut.... The backing or the start of the line?
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Old 05-25-2013, 10:17 PM
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If you want to be sure to get it right, unspool the whole thing backing and all, then wind the line on the reel followed by backing, when you get it to where you want it, cut the backing, unspool it all and then respool the backing followed by the line. It can be a bit of a pain but you'll be sure you have the right amount of backing on. The alternative is to unspool the line, cut some backing off, respool the line and see if you got it right, which can be even more tedious.
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That's how I do it William; works very well for anal people like me. I leave 3/16" space from the line to the edge of the spool.
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Can't get it wrong using Williams method !
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Default Re: Where to cut it short??

Fly shop guy method:
1. Coil up the line like it was on its stock spool.
2. Remove some backing.
3. Take a section of the line coil, and press it into the spool. If that section of the line coil falls about an eight of an inch below the rim of the spool, then you have removed enough backing. If it does not, repeat the process.
4. Once the proper amount of backing is removed, spool up the line.

This technique works for most reels. Some extra gappage needs to be taken in consideration for tiny trout reels.

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Default Re: Where to cut it short??

I like Dennis's method, sounds easier. As for cutting the line or the backing............ either way you end up with the same length total. I have not ever cut a line and would tell you not to as well.

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Great guys this helps a ton! Fish on!
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