Winding Line On A Trimmer Reel

Winding profiles (taper)

For different reel models, the turns of the line are applied to the spool in different ways. In quality products, the cylindrical and conical winding method is used. The line laid in profile forms a straight line. With a cylindrical winding, this line is straight, parallel to the spool, with a tapered oblique.

The straight tapered shape tapers towards the front edge of the spool, the reverse one widens. Straight taper reduces line friction. Reverse styling reduces the chance of spontaneous line drop.

There is also a third type of chaotic winding. Usually used in cheap Chinese fishing rods. And if such winding can still be tolerated using ordinary fishing line, then the use of a cord in such a reel should be abandoned. Bad casts, beard, overlaps and tangles are guaranteed. This leads to mishaps during fishing and can also ruin the mood of every fisherman.

How to wind a line on a reel: instructions

When collecting tackle for fishing, you periodically need to change the line on the reel. This is a fairly simple procedure. However, it has a number of nuances. The correctness of this procedure will determine whether the thread will be flat when casting or will start to get confused. If the fisherman does the wrong thing, the thread may break. This causes a lot of difficulties. To avoid such troubles, you need to consider in detail how to wind the line on a reel. This technology will be discussed in detail in the article.

Hand winding precautions

Since the operation is carried out with the obligatory tension of the line, you need to press it by hand against the rod just above the first ring to adjust the tension. In this case, you should know how to wind the line on the reel without cutting your fingers with it. You can put a glove on your hand. And you can skip the line between the pages of a small book, then it gets additional alignment during the winding process.

Storage rules on the spool

For the line to last longer, you need to properly care for it. When sending tackle for long-term storage, the line should be completely unwound and thoroughly dried, otherwise it will lose its elasticity. This is fraught with ruptures at the most inopportune moment. You can use a hair dryer to dry. When the line is completely dry, you need to wind it on a spool.

In general, you need to dry the thread after each fishing trip. Only this should not be done along the entire length, but only on an area slightly larger than the length of the long cast.

Determining the amount of rewinding

In the question of how to wind the line on a reel, for beginners there is a difficulty in determining the amount of winding. It can only be established experimentally. Experienced fishermen advise to reverse the order.

If there is a second reel of the same, you need to wind the fishing line on it first, and then the reel attached to it. In this case, you should remember the basic rule: you can correctly wind the fishing line on the spinning reel only if the level of its top layer does not exceed 3 mm from the side of the spool. After that, you should rewind the thread to the main shule, starting with the backing, which, as expected, will be below.

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If there is no second reel of the same type, the measurement is made on the main reel, then the line is unwound and rewound on it, already starting from the reeling.

Backing spool connection

Another important point in the question of how to properly wind the fishing line on the spool is its connection with the spool. Some fishermen do not fix the line at all, believing that it is long enough and will never fully unwind. This is the wrong approach. By fixing the reel or line in the spool, you can not be afraid of the breakdown of large prey or idle scrolling of the line when fishing.

Among the many different binding methods, the most common are:

  1. Special knot resembling a clinch. It is very durable and practically unstretched.
  2. Self-tightening knot is a special kind of loop that has some stretch. However, as a result of the tension of the line, such a knot is tightened to the stop and holds perfectly.

The choice depends on the preference of the fisherman. Both options are quite reliable. They will provide comfort while fishing.

Second winding method

The second winding method (photo) is more popular. Recommendations for winding the line in this way can be found in the instruction manual of almost every spinning reel.

The line on the spool turns out to be untwisted after winding. This, apparently, bribes the supporters of this method. But not everyone knows that the line is not in this state for long. When casting, the working part of the line that has come off the spool will first twist, and all measures are taken to unwind it, swivels are installed, a special roller is used in the forest layer.

First option

The first option with twisting the line when winding and untwisting when casting (photo) is less popular, although it has certain advantages. When using an elastic, non-stretched monofilament, the resulting pre-twisting facilitates easier convergence of the turns from the spool when casting. The untwisting of each next turn occurs immediately after leaving the spool, and the line through the rings is already fully untwisted, with less friction, so it gets less tangled. In an abandoned state, when the line tension is weakened, which can occur for various reasons, line tangling is reduced.

This is especially noticeable when fishing with braided cords, easily clinging to everything with which they come in contact. But this method also has a drawback. There are increased requirements for the correct setting of the friction brake. Frequent or prolonged operation of the friction brake causes the line to spin due to spool slippage. The fishing line is pulled through the roller of the line layer without unwinding, and winding it onto the spool is accompanied by additional twisting by the same number of turns as the number of turns was pulled from the spool at the moment of its slipping.

On the next cast, the line is no longer fully untwisted. So imperceptibly and rather quickly, due to improper adjustment, excessive twisting of the line can occur and the loss of all the advantages of such winding.

To prevent the line from twisting

Sooner or later, every angler faces the problem of twisting the line, using a reel of any type in his tackle. The degree of its twisting depends not only on the tackle used, the method and conditions of fishing, but also on the correct winding of the fishing line on the reel.

Winding Line On A Trimmer Reel

When winding a 100 m long line onto a spinning reel with a 30 mm diameter spool from a rotating reel, the line will be twisted almost 1060 turns. When casting the bait over the entire length of the line, it will completely unwind, since each turn that comes off the reel spins the line by one turn.

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If the line is wound from a stationary reel, installed sideways to the reel so that the line pulls off it counterclockwise, then, provided that the diameters of the spool and the reel are equal, the line will be wound on the reel without twisting. But then, when casting the bait over the entire length of the line, it will be twisted by 1060 turns.

Some anglers, when fishing with a spinning reel, do not even suspect that the line twists and unwinds with each casting as many turns as it leaves it during casting. During fishing, the spinning player makes hundreds of casts, either pulling or loosening the fishing line with its constant twisting and unwinding, and one can imagine in what difficult mode it works. An incorrectly adjusted friction brake complicates the picture. The emerging slippage of the spool makes its own adjustments to the equality established during winding between the number of twisted and untwisted turns of the line. If this is taken into account, then the question of winding the fishing line no longer seems so trivial.

Which is better? Fishing with a untwisted fishing line, twisting it when winding it onto a reel after each cast, or, conversely, catching a twisted fishing line, unwinding it again when returning to the spool?

The principle of operation of inertial coils, including multipliers, facilitates the choice of the winding method. There is only one: the winding of the line must be done from a rotating reel. The line does not twist when winding or casting. For spinning reels, the question of winding lines is ambiguous. In the fishing literature, there are various recommendations for winding.

How to reel the line correctly

Even a high-end fishing reel will not reach its full potential if the spool is not properly filled with line. And it doesn’t matter what kind of tackle it is used with: spinning, float or bottom. With an even, full-fledged winding of the line, first of all, the casting distance increases, the control of the bait becomes clearer during the drive, the risk of knots and loops is reduced.

To wind the fishing line, the reel is fixed in the reel seat of the rod, the end of the line is tied to the spool. Several different nodes can be used, and the simplest option is shown in the figure. If you have to wind up a sufficiently rigid monofilament line, the line spool can be lowered into a container of warm water. The line will become softer and the winding smoother.

When winding, any line (both multifilament and braided) must be under even and light tension. The easiest way to do this is to call your Fishing Partner or someone at home to help you. A reel with a fishing line is put on a pencil, as if on an axis, and slightly slowed down with your fingers when the line comes off. If there is no assistant, in order to achieve normal winding, the line can be slowed down by clamping it with a soft cloth.

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Winding the line onto a spinning reel using a reel holder. The line rings should come off the reel in the same direction as the line guide roll

If there is no assistant, the line can be slowed down when winding with a linen napkin

Winding the line to the baitcasting reel using the reel holder

There are special devices for winding the fishing line: with a suction cup or clamp for attaching to a table or to a blank of a rod. The second is more convenient in field conditions. The tension of the fishing line when it leaves the reel is adjusted by clamping the nut on the axis of the clamp. To prevent the fishing line from twisting, when winding on a spinning reel, the reel is turned with its front side towards the reel. The line rings should come off the reel in the same direction as the line guide roll.

One of the nodes for attaching the line to the spool spool

You need to fill the spool so that 2 mm is left to its side. With such winding, the friction of the fishing line against the side is reduced, it will come off the spool freely when casting, without forming knots and loops. If the spool of the reel is deep, and fishing requires such an amount of thin line that can fill the spool by only a third or half, it is worth winding up the old line under the working line so as not to waste high-quality, expensive line. For winding, you need to use a thinner fishing line than the main one, so that in the end result dips and bumps do not appear in the winding. Winding the line too fast can cause a beard when casting.

Do not fill the spool with thicker line than the spool is designed for. This will definitely affect the quality of the winding, and the line will break off the spool and get tangled. When winding on a multiplier reel, the reel is positioned sideways in relation to the reel spool. The spool is filled not reaching 2 mm to its edge. Some of the baitcasting reels perform better with a more full spool, but this can only be determined during the operation of a particular reel.

Third winding option

The line returned to the spool during rewinding is already twisted behind the roller, in contrast to the rest of the untwisted line that did not participate in the cast. This is the principle of a spinning coil. Slipping the spool with a poorly adjusted friction brake will accelerate spinning. Is it worth it after that to subject the fishing line to additional torture by untwisting, in order to eventually get the first way of winding?

The third version of winding from a stationary bobbin, installed sideways so that the line pulls off it clockwise (photo), is unacceptable! After winding, the line on the spool will be twisted twice as much as with the first method of winding.

So, everyone can choose one or another method of winding the fishing line and evaluate it. The effect can be unexpected: the class of the reel, the properties of the line, the type of bait, the quality of the anti-twist used, the setting of the friction brake of the reel can all affect your assessment. But it will be your own experience.