Spooling fishing line on you reels correctly will save you many headaches when your on the water.
If you spool line on your bass fishing reels incorrectly, especially your spinning reel, twists and loops that are created while winding on line will cause you major heartburn later when you're fishing. Fishing line memory will result in line twist, casting problems and valuable "fishing time" taken up messing with backlashes.
So the question is how to spool fishing line the "correct" way using fishing line spoolers or by putting the filler spool on the floor.
There are more potential problems related to spooling fishing line on spinning reels than baitcasters so let's look at how to spool fishing line on them first.
Step One - make sure you're spooling fishing line on your reel in the right direction.
A critical consideration when spooling fishing line on a spinning reel is to insure that the line goes on your reel the same way it was spooled on the manufacturers filler spool.
Line is usually, though not always, spooled on a spinning reel in a clockwise direction. The direction in which your reel winds line is easy to determine. Merely look at the front of the reel as you turn the reel's handle. Observe the direction the bail arm turns. If it turns in a clockwise direction it places line on the spool in a clockwise direction. So it is very important to have line coming off the filler spool onto your reel in a clockwise direction.
How do you make sure this is what's happening?
Step Two - tie line on the reel spool.
Step Three - test for loops and twists in your line.
The line should appear slightly undulating as it runs through the guides. There must not be any twists or loops hanging from the rod as seen above
Step Four - wind on line
Spooling fishing line on a baitcasting reel is quite simple compared to a spinning reel. When adding or changing fishing line on a baitcaster follow these steps.
Wind the line on your reel while maintaining tension on the line. This can be done by
Fishing line spoolers like the one I use shown above is from Berkley. It is quick and simple to use. There are others available which fasten to the rod shaft or stick to table tops with suction cups that are much more portable.
Wrap line around your spool in a clockwise direction and tie an overhand knot around the standing line. Run the tag end through it.
Tie another overhand knot in the tag end as close to the first knot as possible and pull it tight.
Slide the completed knot down to the reel spool so it fits snugly against the spool. Cut off the tag.
Fishing line spooling is one of those little things which deserve your focused attention. Do it wrong and you can easily ruin a good day on the water fooling with line twist and birds nests.