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|Mike Iaconelli suggests that anglers spool their three reels with three different types of line braid and monofilament for casting applications and fluorocarbon for spinning applications.|
1. Always fill about 1/4 of your spool with backing. Ike recommends old line but doesn't recommend tying it to your new line. "Tie the backing off with a couple of overhand knots and clip it as close as possible. Then spool your new line. The idea is to increase the diameter of the spool with old line and therefore use less good line. That'll save a ton of money over the course of a fishing season." 2. Use line dressing or conditioner. Ike recommends soaking a cloth with it and then running your new line through the cloth as you spool it. After that, apply dressing or conditioner as required to keep the line pliable. "I like Reel Magic and Kevin VanDam's Line and Lure Conditioner. They both do a good job. Conditioner is important. Don't neglect it. It makes a lot of difference in line performance." 3. Check your line constantly for problems and retie frequently. Ike recommends checking it every few minutes throughout the day. "I suggest anglers retie or replace their line anytime there's anything different about it. I usually run it between my fingers. If I feel anything different not just nicks or scuffs I retie or replace. Nothing is as frustrating as losing a big bass because of poor line quality." 4. Braid is expensive. Ike recommends swapping it end for end to hold down the cost. "After you've been fishing for a few days, strip the braid off your reel and reverse it. Use the end that was the fishing end against the spool and the end that was against the spool as the fishing end. This won't hurt a thing and you'll get double duty out of your line. "But, don't do this with monofilament or fluorocarbon. It doesn't work. You'll have a mess. It only works with braid."