Too little line an issue?

cerpika

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Other than the obvious running out of line, are there any issues that can arise from having less line on a reel? Like casting challenges or whatnot?

I don't think I'll be casting farther than 50-75 yards (on a spinning reel), so I'd like to just split a spool of 300 yard braid between two of reels. But the reels hold significantly more than 150.

Do you think I will be fine? Or do I really need to think about using something like a mono starter to use first?

Thanks!
 
YUP! Most folks I know will back a spool with a couple hundred feet to a couple hundred yards of mono, or cheap braid to get the spool filled up. Like Osprey says, it WILL effect your casting results! Besides, if you get taken down by a BIG fish, your going to want that spool filled, trust me! I have had Chinook hall arse down stream on me, taking 300+ feet of line off my spool before I could stop it and turn it around and fight it back to me, Epic fight on a 10/17 pound drift rod with 15 pound line!
 

Mikej

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100lb braid would be a decent backing, except it holds moisture more than mono. Mono is a cheap alternative. :)
I always went with cotton string as backing. With a wrap of masking tape. That's how Fisherman's Marine always did it. Trying to determine HOW much so you could get the amount of braid you wanted was the tough part.

I tended to use line size that would put way more line on the reel than I could/wanted to use. Visualize that 130-150 yards pulled off your reel? At that point you're not getting that fish anyway. Keeping the close to maximum fill is paramount for optimum casting though
 

Mikej

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Personally, I use ether a nail knot, or a blood knot to join the two, this way, no matter how slick the main line is, it cannot slip! :cool:
I look at blood knot and nail knot and it makes my head spin. I've used the alberto knot for tying a 15#-20# fluorocarbon 3' section to 20# Tuff Line on bass gear. It's a simplified Albright knot.
How to Tie the Alberto Fishing Knot
 

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I look at blood knot and nail knot and it makes my head spin. I've used the alberto knot for tying a 15#-20# fluorocarbon 3' section to 20# Tuff Line on bass gear. It's a simplified Albright knot.
How to Tie the Alberto Fishing Knot
Looks good!

I always used a blood knot to tie a leader to a fly line, and mono to braided, but that looks great for joining lines of diff diameter.
 

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The royal polaris/ john collins knot I referenced is very strong and forms a small profile which aids in going through the guides. It is also easy to tie after doing it a couple times. Basically you form a loop with the mono in left hand and come up through it with the braid and wrap the braid 6 times around to the left and then back 6 times to the right. Then tag end of braid goes back through mono loop and it all gets cinched up. That’s it. I use it for top shot of mono on my salmon rods with braid mainline and also for a topshot of mono or flourocarbon for live bait tuna fishing. I have knot had a failure with it yet.:D
 

Mikej

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The royal polaris/ john collins knot I referenced is very strong and forms a small profile which aids in going through the guides. It is also easy to tie after doing it a couple times. Basically you form a loop with the mono in left hand and come up through it with the braid and wrap the braid 6 times around to the left and then back 6 times to the right. Then tag end of braid goes back through mono loop and it all gets cinched up. That’s it. I use it for top shot of mono on my salmon rods with braid mainline and also for a topshot of mono or flourocarbon for live bait tuna fishing. I have knot had a failure with it yet.:D
That Alberto knot looks the same as your Tom Collins knot?
 

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