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when your spool is 1/2 empty #13469245 03/12/20 11:33 PM
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Do you tie on fresh line to what is left or pull it off and go all new? 2 of my rigs are about 1/2 full after losing line from snagging break offs and cutting out a severe backlash. Thinking I'd tie a double uni and fill it back up. What say you?


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Re: when your spool is 1/2 empty [Re: ReelSlow] #13469264 03/12/20 11:49 PM
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Depends on how much the new line costs.

I don't like tying a connection knot deep in the spool. It throws off the spool balance and causes vibration during casts.

I throw a decent priced copoly, so I'm okay respooling the whole thing. If I were throwing fluoro, I'd consider leaving the old stuff on and topping off.

Re: when your spool is 1/2 empty [Re: ReelSlow] #13469274 03/13/20 12:02 AM
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Mono or braid? I'll tie new line onto older braid for as long as I think it'll last.

If mono, I change mono so frequently that I'd just toss the 1/2 spool and refill with fresh line.


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Re: when your spool is 1/2 empty [Re: ReelSlow] #13469285 03/13/20 12:16 AM
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The only time my reels don't have old backing on them is when they're brand new.

Re: when your spool is 1/2 empty [Re: ReelSlow] #13469408 03/13/20 01:47 AM
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I use backing as I'll never cast 120 yards lol so the first 30 yards or so of each reel is cheap 12-14lb mono and then either braid/flouro/good mono to fill it out. Then as I fish and return when my thumb starts feeling the small knot then I know I'm getting close to respooling. I figure saving that 30 yards or so each time means I get 2 fill ups off a 150 yd spool and with braid or higher priced flouro that's saving $$!!


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Re: when your spool is 1/2 empty [Re: ReelSlow] #13470127 03/13/20 03:26 PM
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Pull off some and use the rest as backing

Re: when your spool is 1/2 empty [Re: ReelSlow] #13470614 03/13/20 08:47 PM
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Depends on the reel. Some of my higher end reels or smaller sized reels don't hold much line and if I'm spooling up 20lb test then its all coming off.


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Re: when your spool is 1/2 empty [Re: rj74955] #13471239 03/14/20 12:44 PM
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Originally Posted by rj74955
The only time my reels don't have old backing on them is when they're brand new.

Yep

Re: when your spool is 1/2 empty [Re: ReelSlow] #13471259 03/14/20 01:19 PM
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First, I never let my reels get half empty, when it drops more than an 1/8 inch, it's till to refill. Line is cheap. And yes, I do use backing.


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