Fixing a mistake when spooling new line

Simon90

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I am returning to fishing, having not fished since I was a teenager over 25 years ago.

To get started I have bought and loaded some new line onto my reel, but I have realised that I have loaded the line incorrectly (good start!) i.e. the line wasn't coming of it's plastic spool the correct way around when I wound it onto my reel. The line was in a bucket of warm water, but it was facing label down.
Fortunately, at this stage I have only wound the line onto a spare spool to make sure that my main line and the cheap backing line fill the spool correctly, before loading it onto the actual spool I will be fishing with.
Would I be correct in assuming that I can now fix my mistake by winding it onto the reel from the spare spool the correct way around? If so, which way would that be, with the spare spool sat the correct way up (the end where you screw in the front drag uppermost) or upside down?
I have searched the site to find an answer to this, although there are a few threads about line twist, I couldn't find one that would answer my specific question. So any help or advice would be greatly appreciated.

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Simon
 

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As you know, line needs to come off the spool in the same direction that your bale arm rotates.

If you haven't done this, you will have introduced twist. To 'untwist' it, the spare spool will need to be upside down.

Good luck!
 

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I have read that putting your spool into a bucket of water and then threading the line through a rod's rings before winding it onto a reel removes the twist.
However, I haven't done it myself
 

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There is one thing you can do, I do it with my Carp reels. If it's still twisted when you've re-spooled it the right way round, then open the bale arm and walk off around 80 or 90 metres, go back to your rod and reel the line in. You might have to do this a couple of times depending on the amount of twist but it does take the twist out.
 

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When I start to put it on I check for twists. If it’s twisting I turn it the other way.
Also if I develop twists from the drag I let line out on grass and reel in as uk zero says and this get the twist off
 

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In all honesty I’ve never given it a thought ...... all I do is load the line on the spool and have never thought about the direction of the line........
I’ve never had a problem either !!!!!!
Must just be lucky I guess just give it a go and if you have a problem re-spool it if not great.
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Careful, it might be loaded the CORRECT way already. So check. Forget which side of the plastic spool the print or label is on. You MUST wind the line so the line coming off of the plastic spool is rotating the SAME way as the rotor is moving on your reel.

However, it might be wrong. And winding from one spool to the other won't necessarily correct it. It might make it worse. Take that spool out and cast it a LONG way, use a Spin Doctor and wind it back a few times to remove any twist before transferring it to the other spool. Or, if you can, lay the 100m out on a playing field with nothing attached and wind it back. The free end will allow the twist to be 'pushed' out, you'll see the end of the line twisting and moving as it does.
 

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Same as Chervil spot on for loading line suction pad on the bottom makes it all so easy.
 

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Easy way to tell if it is twisted is pinch the line with both hands about 2 foot apart and slowly move your hands together still pinching the line, if it tries to twist together like a plait you have a problem with either the loading of the line or the reel.
 

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Thanks for the replies.
If I follow Ken the Pacman's advice on testing my line to see if it's twisted, I don't have any twists, the line doesn't try to twist into a plait, it just hangs there.
What I plan to do, is to put my spare spool (that now has my mainline and backing line in reverse order on it) into a bucket of warm water facing upwards, and then wind it onto the spool I intend to fish with, checking in the process that it's not twisted. Then I will pull 100m or so of line off the rod and reel in a field and then wind it back in (as a few people have suggested) just to be sure that everything's OK. If anyone can see anything wrong with this idea, please let me know!
 

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I usually just tie the line on bung the spool in the keepnet and wind, don't have any problems.
 

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and i just threaded the line through the rings tied to the spool and just let the bulk line run around the floor :eek: :LOL::LOL:
 

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I use a mix of methods - the spool goes into a bucket of warm water, but deep enough so it can roll about all over the place.
Then I stick the reel on the butt section of a rod and feed the line down through the eye and attach to the reel and start winding in.
The only time I ever noticed any twist, a huge cast out on a big lake and reel back in seemed to fix it.
 

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There is a special Weight made by Steve Gadener that you attach to your line.
You cast and then retrieve, and the weight eliminates the twist in the line.
It is used by specialist Carp anglers and they use it regularly to eliminate the twist to line that has been induced by playing Carp on the clutch .
The cost is £3.99 and they come in 40/ 60/ 80 gram.
40 gram is more than adequate for our needs.
Full instructions on the pack.
It will sort out the problem in the initial post regardless of the way that the line was spooled.
Spooling the line correctly is obviusly important and all the previous comments are correct.
Hope it helps.
 

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Incidentally the specialist weight has to be attached to the line without a swivell as it would not remediate the problem.
It works incredibly well.
 

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There is a special Weight made by Steve Gadener that you attach to your line.
You cast and then retrieve, and the weight eliminates the twist in the line.
It is used by specialist Carp anglers and they use it regularly to eliminate the twist to line that has been induced by playing Carp on the clutch .
The cost is £3.99 and they come in 40/ 60/ 80 gram.
40 gram is more than adequate for our needs.
Full instructions on the pack.
It will sort out the problem in the initial post regardless of the way that the line was spooled.
Spooling the line correctly is obviusly important and all the previous comments are correct.
Hope it helps.
Almost right! (y)....I know the product you mentioned.....I think you meant Rick Gardner.:giggle: (y)
 

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Well done total, the Malbec vin rouge had kicked in when I wrote that.
The Rick Gardener device was an absolute bargain saving money on line and also stress and time, I wish someone told me about it a long time ago.
Cheers.
 

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