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Looking to see what lightweight material folks use to fill space on big (4.75") mid- or standard-arbor spools (like an Abel BG 4.5).

I'm using 300yds of 65lb spectra backing, and I don't want or need the extra weight of the spectra backing required to fill the reel to the "optimum" (1/16"-1/8" gap between line and frame when fully spooled) level - 600yds of 65# spectra weighs about 4-5oz...

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Ideas?


PS As payment for your time, here's a pic of a cute little trout from a couple seasons ago.
 

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I have not used it but I have thought it and simple solution could be "coroplast corrucated board" which is used on advertisements, signs etc. It should be free after use and comes few thickness. Using sharp blace cut it first to the width of spool and then cut other side between spars and it easily forms an O over arbor.

Very nice fish!!!

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There was a time when cork was used on bait casting reels, but don't know if that is available. Suppose it could be made of cork rings, and fitted with 2 halves.
 

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Hive Mind -

Looking to see what lightweight material folks use to fill space on big (4.75") mid- or standard-arbor spools (like an Abel BG 4.5).

I'm using 300yds of 65lb spectra backing, and I don't want or need the extra weight of the spectra backing required to fill the reel to the "optimum" (1/16"-1/8" gap between line and frame when fully spooled) level - 600yds of 65# spectra weighs about 4-5oz...

So.

Ideas?


PS As payment for your time, here's a pic of a cute little trout from a couple seasons ago.
G, why wouldn't you just use standard 30# dacron? I know your troots are big, but surely you don't need a quarter mile of backing
 

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G, why wouldn't you just use standard 30# dacron? I know your troots are big, but surely you don't need a quarter mile of backing
I don't, but this reel will be doing double duty for big warm salty friends as well as big troots. That's why I would prefer to keep the weight down by using 300yds of 50#+ spectra and some variety of high volume / low weight cordage or other to take the place of 450+yds of dacron backing (and the added 5 or so oz) needed to get the spool to optimum.
 

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I don't, but this reel will be doing double duty for big warm salty friends as well as big troots. That's why I would prefer to keep the weight down by using 300yds of 50#+ spectra and some variety of high volume / low weight cordage or other to take the place of 450+yds of dacron backing (and the added 5 or so oz) needed to get the spool to optimum.
so, paracord?
 

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so, paracord?
Messed around with paracord, turns out it has a lower volume/weight ratio than spectra and it traps more water.

Also tried @bender's suggestion of coroplast - when bent around a small-radius arbor and subject to backing under pressure, it deformed too much.

Didn't try @reelstory's suggestion of cork, because I sawed a wine cork in half with some spectra, figured it would be more of the same on a reel.

I went with 300yds of 80# spectra, which took up the volume formerly occupied by 600yds of 50# spectra at about half the weight (1.7oz vs 4oz).

Problem solved, y'all.

Thanks for the help - for your time, here's another pic of a little spraypole trout.
 

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I had the same Abel reel a few years ago and had the same problem. You are looking for a LOW density filler. I used a foam pool noodle from Walmart. The noodle had an ID of ~5/8" (16mm) and an OD of 2 1/8" (55mm). Slice the noodle to the width of your spool 1 1/4" (32mm) and then slice it in half along the diameter. The arbor diameter of the spool is 1" (~25 mm). you can force the foam onto the arbor with each half section by compressing the 5/8" ID into the 1" arbor.

There is a problem with the backing slipping between the sides of the spool and foam. I used duct tape cut into narrow strips to seal the sides of the spool to the foam. Remember, this is the ONLY connection from the line to the drag system. If you lose the adhesive of the tape, it is possible that you will have hand palm the spool to stop the line from going out with a hot fish like the one in your picture.

I hope this helps.

Doug
 
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