Released to spawn
Join Date: Dec 2006
Location: Scotland, BC, Norway, Russia - anywhere with fish!
I purchased an 7wt Airflo Speydicator line and started spooling it on my 9wt reel. There is approximately 190 yards of backing on the reel. The line will not fit leaving approximately 20 ft of the head not spooled. What would be better removing approximately 50 yards of backing or cutting approximately 30 - 50 feet from the running line? What is better more backing or less running line? Any help in this matter would be appreciated. If I cut the running line what is the proper way to replace the loop I just removed from the line?
Firstly, consider how long is the maximum length cast you can make on a good day. Add 10 to 12 feet. That is the length of head/running line you 'need'.
Remove the fly line from the reel. Cut the excess (total length of head/running line minus the above 'maximum' cast distance +10-12') off the back of the running line.
You may find that this will be sufficient removed to get the whole of the adjusted head/running line over your current backing on your reel without over-filling the reel. If not, then remove the head/running line & the backing from the reel, and re-wind the head/running line on the reel first (as suggested above), and add backing over this to fill your reel.
Then you have the reel capacity determined to accommodate the head/running line, and as much backing as it will take.
Reverse the whole process again to wind on the backing followed by the head/running line, and you're in business!
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