Spooling a fishing reel with braided line

How to spool a fishing reel with braid and monofilament line

In this post I demonstrate how to spool a fishing reel using braided line with a monofilament backing.

The advent of braided line has been a boon for many fishing applications, however using braid can make spooling your fishing reel an expensive proposition.

The easiest way round it is to use a monofilament backing on the spool before adding braid to the top.

Use monofilament backing when spooling your fishing reel.

The main advantage of using a mono backing is cost. Braid mainly comes in 150-300 m spools and in comparison to mono can be quite expensive. For the most part, especially when bottom bashing with larger reels, the likelihood of reaching the bottom half of your reel even when fighting a big fish is slim, so all that expensive braid effectively goes to waste.

The disadvantage is that if you do not spool the lines tight, the braid can cut through the layers below it and you could lose that once in a lifetime fish.

However, if done correctly and using the appropriate knots as outlined in the video below, you should have no trouble at all.

I have caught literally thousands of fish using this method to spool my bigger reels.


So… once you’re all spooled up you’ll be ready to go fishing.

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Ryan Moody

Ryan Moody started his fishing career on the reef boats before catching bucket list marlin for the likes of champion heavy tackle angler Johnno Johnson, INXS and the King of Sweden. Branching out in the late 80's to guided barramundi fishing, Ryan has made a name for himself as a Big Barramundi specialist and to date has put clients onto over 2000 metre plus barra. That is over 2 kilometres of metre plus barra! With attitudes changing from 'keep all you can' towards catch and release, Ryan has decided to share his extensive knowledge and hopefully inspire people of all ages to get out from behind the computer screen/TV and into the fishing outdoors lifestyle he has spent his life perfecting.

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  • pat kerr

    Reply Reply August 28, 2017

    Reels come in three basic styles: casting, spinning and fly fishing. Whether you’re after a largemouth bass or a scrappy trout, you should understand the way your fishing reel works. Baitcasting & Conventional Reels: These reels work with the weight of your bait or lure as it pulls on the line and turns the spool.
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  • Accurate Reels

    Reply Reply August 18, 2015

    It’s crazy the amount of people that think you can just put just braid on any reel and go fish. Good article and thanks for the share. :TightLines

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