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I just picked up a Loop Classic 811 for my new Grey Line 8120-4. For any of you who own these, did you put the backing and line on by hand, or machine? Having never owned a similar salmon/spey reel like a Hardy etc., I kind of spaced on the fact that the spool is not meant to come off easily!


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-Chris
 

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I also loaded mine up by hand. I'm not sure that for dacron anyways that machine tension is much of an issue but I was pulling backing off of existing reels so I simply used my 9 yo to hold one reel while I reeled onto the Classics. This method does allow nice tension as you can set the drag on the parent reel however firm you need it.
 

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Chris -

Just got an 8/11 as well. I had a buddy of mine put the backing/line on with the machine at his shop. Seems to have worked fine.

I'm not aware of any specific advantages to hand-winding, but will accept an education from any lurking jedis. Seems to me that you get better tension, and a more even wind, with the machine.

Eric
 
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