How to Spool a Spinning Reel with Braided Line

In this instructional video, On The Water’s Chris Parisi demonstrates how to spool a spinning reel with Spiderwire Invisibraid Ultracast 30 lb test, included in each Striper Cup Entry Package. Summarized directions are included below.

Materials Used:

Cabo 50 PT Reel
Berkley Trilene 12lb Test
Spiderwire Invisibraid Ultracast 30lb Test
Razor Blade (for cutting tag ends)
Screwdriver (for allowing spool to spin)

Step 1:

String the backing through the eyes of the rod and open the bail.

Step 2:

Wrap the line around the spool of the reel twice to ensure that the knot doesn’t slip or spin.

Step 3:

Tie a Uni-Knot (see video for instruction), trim the excess line and pull the knot tight to the reel.

Step 4:

Flip the bail shut and start reeling the backing in, keeping tension on the line by with your index finger and thumb, until it fills up the reel half way with line.

Step 5:

Attach the Spiderwire to the backing using a Double Uni-Knot (see video for instructions) and trim the excess line.

Step 6:

Start reeling the Spiderwire in, again keeping tension on the line with your index finger and thumb, and with the Spiderwire coming off the bottom of the spool.

  1. Bob Flaherty


    Thanks for the knot video but for the fishing rookie can you explain the purpose & value for tying the braid & mono together . The WHY.

    • Garrett

      I use a mono backing, at least in part, to save money on the cost of line. There are also issues with braid slipping on spools if you don’t know what you’re doing, so this can help alleviate that as well.

      • Jimmy Fee

        Garret said it well. In reality you wouldn’t need a reel spooled entirely with braided line, usually 150 to 200 yards is enough for normal fishing practices, so a monofilament backing helps cut down on the price of spooling up the reel. Also, on most spools, braided line doesn’t grip well and will spin around the spool. The monofilament gives the braid something to bite into and hold its place.

    • Jim Isbell

      Bob. If you tie the braid directly, it can slip as it does not “dig in”. The idea of mono is to give the braid something to “bite” into. Some folks, by the way, do not use mono, but simply a heavy “rescue tape” or any tape really. But regular tape can leave a mess while the higher tech rescue tape comes off much better–easy actually. Bottom line, you need to coat the spool with something in order for the braid to grip. Now, some of the newer reels are engineered so that the surface of the spool will allow the Braid to bite–I think they state that fact on the spool itself. Tight lines.

    • Dean Sienna

      I understand the cost factor as well as the slip condition of braid. On larger spools, I use mono line as backer. I wrap a colored electrical tape around the spool of smaller sizes for gripping instead. The question I have…Am I setting myself up for a failure with the electrical tape? I haven’t had any issues so far, but maybe someone else has attempted this practice with less than good results.

      • fishin nut

        Well, if I was to use any tape, it would be the high quality blue painters masking tape, which does not emit nasty sticky yucky goo like electrical tape does. There is nothing worse than trying to get black electrical tape goo off of anything!!

        You might try a piece of thin rubber such as from a bicycle inner tube. I have not used this but I would much rather not have to deal with tape goo.

        • Paul harrison

          I use a large rubber band that basically is like a sleeve over the spool before I spool on my braid. I use 50 lb braid so I the more room I have the better. I keep about 300 yards on my baitcaster and saltist reels. Never had a problem

  2. Cheech

    You can make rubber bands of varying sizes (3/4″-3″) and widths by cutting cross sections of old bike tubes. Great for sleeving tools too.


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