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Thinking of getting a Danielsson L5W 6nine for an 8 weight single hand rod. Commonly known and I think agreed upon here, reel manufactures over state their backing capacities. I have the 8twelve and have about 180 yards of 30 pound with a running line and a 480 grain Rage head. Specs say around 230 of 30.

Anybody know the real capacity of the 6nine with 30 pound backing and a 90 foot 8 weight line? Am I going to get 150 yards.

Thanks for any help, Leo.
 

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Leo,

The Danielsson L5W 69 reel is listed as 112 cm^3 of spool volume and that is about 6.83 in^3. See the Finnish web site (https://www.perhokalastajat.net/keskustelu/viewtopic.php?f=2&t=20457). This is not a very large reel and the manufacturer usually lists the volume for a fully packed spool right up into the cage. You will need at least a clearance of 1/8" or 3 mm between the top of the line package and the inner diameter of the cage. This will reduce the usable volume from 112 cm^3 (112 ml).

What you need to do is:
1) measure the inner diameter of an empty plastic line spool with flat sides:
2) spool your 90 foot 8 weight line on line spool
3) measure outer diameter of the line wound on the spool
4) measure the spool's width.
5) Solve for the volume of the line

Next, get the reel data :
1) cage inner diameter
2) arbor diameter
3) width between the spool's flanges
4) Calculate the usable volume using the cage diameter less 6 mm
5) subtract your line volume from the usable volume.

The volume remaining can be used for backing. Braided dacron backing occupies 55 ml for 30# test and 200 yards or about 27 ml for 150 yards.

It seems like a lot of bother to do the math, but once you dial these volumes in, you are in control of what fits into a given reel's spool. If you want, I will do the math for you. The measurements of the line's volume on the plastic spool and accurate reel data (at least to the mm) will be required on your part.

If you want to understand more about this method, Please email me ([email protected]) and ask for Choosing a Spey Reel. I have a documented
Word document that will explain the steps required to pick a spey reel. Also, included is an Excel spreadsheet documenting reel data and line volumes.

I hope this helps.

Doug
 

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Thinking of getting a Danielsson L5W 6nine for an 8 weight single hand rod. Commonly known and I think agreed upon here, reel manufactures over state their backing capacities. I have the 8twelve and have about 180 yards of 30 pound with a running line and a 480 grain Rage head. Specs say around 230 of 30.

Anybody know the real capacity of the 6nine with 30 pound backing and a 90 foot 8 weight line? Am I going to get 150 yards.

Thanks for any help, Leo.
Danielsson spool volumes are very well calculated. L5W 6nine is 94,7cm^3 and 8twelve 154,2cm^3 so 6nine has only 61% of 8twelve capacity but I believe you can spool 150yards 30lbs modern braid backing and WF8F line to it.

I have F3W 7ten which volume is 107,6cm^3 and with 130yards 30lbs backing it takes even WF12F line.

Esa
 
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