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How to Spool a Braided Line on Your Bait Casting Reel

how to spool braided line on a baitcaster
Written by Immanuel Baranov
Last Update: July 24, 2023

There are times while fishing that the action is nonstop—pretty fun! In these times, the last problem you want to have is line troubles. For example, a backlash, a line twist and other issues that fishermen face and can put a brake on his fishing. The thing is many of these problems can be solved with being proactive—spooling the fishing reel in prior.

One thing is for sure. For many aspiring anglers, patience and the seemingly intimidating task to get put in the work can be the reason why they are discouraged. But using these tips, we are going to be simplifying everything.

How to Spool Braided Line on a Baitcaster

There are so many benefits to use a braid. For example, you get better bite detection, there are no memories in the line, and they have skinny diameter this way they have a stronger breaking strength, which are the top benefits for pro anglers.

The spool braid casting is not just tie up then wind on 99% of anglers will come with a bait caster but will never have their standard spool while they happen. Also, they have their braid bands nowhere to be found. The braided band is known as a little, made of plastic or rubber ring that is kept on the spool to make sure that the braid kept will not slip up while fishing. A lot of anglers learn this the hard way.

Amateur braid casters would tie the line directly to the spool as they would do with the mono. It is when they discover that their braids would slip off while they were casting.

There are different ways to get this activity done. However, if the plan is the to get the braid on a bait caster this is the steps to follow;

The Necessary Equipment

Adding a new braid to your baitcasting reel is very simple. You will need the following fishing supplies:

  1. A baitcasting rod
  2. A reel
  3. A monofilament fishing line
  4. A pencil
  5. A fisherman
  6. A braided fishing line

The thing is if you do not have a fellow fisherman with you can always replace the partner with a fishing line spooler to make sure that you achieve the full baitcasting reel.

How to Spool a Braided Line

Monofilaments backing: get some monofilament backing—about ten to fifteen yards will be okay

Connect the braid with the mono: tie the braid and the mono together, making sure that you get a neat knot. Try the Albright or FG knot.

The braided line: With as much tension as you can get fill the spool.

Explaining How to Spool a Braid on a Bait Caster

The braided fishing line is the most popular variety for anglers because they have a virtually stretch free design combined with a striking power to the diameter ratio. The braided cord is slick, but they can have a few drag problems, or a backlash or the slippage of the line on the pool. It is quite easy to combat this. We have suggested that you use a monofilament backing before you go ahead to spool the reel.

To start, feed the monofilament fishing line within the worm guide and then tie the backing to the spool.Now coil it twice, so that you have a clean layer around the pool. The monofilament helps to create the friction on the braided line, for a better performance from the reel.

The best way of combining the braided and the monofilament lines is to grab the braids and connect the monofilaments using a double-uni knot.

Once the lines are already joined, now you can spool the braided line onto the reel as casual., try to leave about 1/8 inch before the lip of the spool.

Here Are Other Proven Ways to Install Braids to the Spool

1. The first step is to use tapes to keep the braid in place. There are so many types of tapes that are used. E.g., the electrical tape, masking tape, and the finger fishing tape. The tip to know is that whatever the tape you use, ensure that the tape is on a clean platform and will not retain the moisture after they have been wet. It does not matter the type of reel that you are using. As long as the moisture is kept in the tape, it gives room for corrosion.

Use a finger tape or masking which dry like the line on the arbor. Which is porous and will not retain water; they are also very sticky once they are wrapped upon themselves. After placing them on the arbor of the coil, the braid holds steadily on the tape. The knot will clinch also, and the braid will be secured, and then it is okay to wind the braid closely on the spool.

2. In the second style: make a straight knot to a clean arbor. Tie it the way you feel it convenient enough for you. Take the wrap the braid around the arbor for about 2 – 3 times. And then tying them down on the wraps. They use various knots such as the uni-knot, the San Diego jam or reverse cinch knot. In this case, make sure that the arbor has no oil or grease which may have been used for lubrication. You can use alcohol and towels, or even rags will accomplish this task. Another thing to note is that, because you are using a cinch knot doesn’t mean it is tight. Use your fingers to add some amount of pressure to the knot to put the pressure on and putting it tighter in the direction of the arbor. This will make it tense after the few wraps. Make sure that there is enough pressure toward the line as it is coming off the spool.

Here Are the Things You Need to Know

1. You want to make sure that the arbor is completely clean before putting the line on it,

2. Using a tape, by doing two passes across the spool for the tape to stick to its own self

3. Cinch the knot –by pulling it up and then bringing the knot onto the spool. You can use your fingers to push the knot down, making the arbor secure.

4. You can now wrap the mono around the spool once or twice before tying the knot so that it has an extra amount of traction.

5. When you are connecting through knots, the mono and the braid, use less of the wraps on the mono and allow more on the braids. Generally, in the uni to the unit, there are 4 wraps on the mono while there are 6 on the braid because the braid is smaller in diameters to the mono. You have to cinch the knot securely then trim the labels tightly

6. Use some straight braids to spool a clean arbor and then wrap the line around the arbor, and make sure that the knot cinch tightly across the arbor.

7. While using a line winder, make sure that the line is tight reasonably.

8. If you are winding line at home, make sure that someone is holding the spool line as they apply pressure on a towel on the leg so that you are making sure that it is tight, once your arm begins to tie it means it close enough.

9. Connecting braids with mono have to be fixed closely so that you make use of knot pullers; you can use a towel or a rag on your hand use two 4 inches of wooden dowels wrapped with tape to cinch the knot tightly.

10. When you are fishing with the braids you have to be very careful with the pressure placed on the line, know that braids are abrasive and they will go right through your hands

The Dos and the Don’Ts

1. When you layer more mono you use fewer braids: there are cheap monos out there and since braids are relatively expensive, meaning that you can save more money. It also depends on the water body that you are fishing on.

2. Always make sure that the arbors are clean before you can add a tape. Set up the rod correctly before spooling the braided line.

3. Also, tapes leave a sticky residue on the reel, so you want to avoid them. However, you can go on with it if you do not have any problem with that.

I hope that all that has been found has been helpful to your fishing experience, for beginners it is recommended that you read guides to bait casting. You can go fishing also with professionals or even partners. As they say, two heads are better than one! Have a good day.

About the author

Immanuel Baranov

My life is pretty much defined by my avid outdoor activities. I’m generally obsessed with fishing, skiing and occasional hunting and whitewater paddling. I’ve been active since my early years. I inherited my passion for fishing from my father who made frequent family trips to the banks of Sacramento River. Growing up, I did a lot of fishing in the vicinity. Now that I have two sons, our weekends are full of fishing activities. I would say, you need good spots where you can go out a lot for the thing you love. I had the privilege to grow up near numerous water bodies and I’m proud to say that I made good use of them. It’s also great to do something with kids that helps them learn patience, endurance and preciseness.

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