Tony mate mine seem to taper to the front slightly on the 2508 and the 3012 I have taper towards the back. I had some concerns but apparently its part of the design of the reel i was told. I was also told that how you have the drag set when loading the reel can affect the line lay. If I remember correctly if you have the drag set tightly and wind the line on under heavy tension at the start you end up with a better more evenly distributed line lay. You can only try it mate and see if it sorts the problem out.
It only happens with the 2508 that i use for the pellet waggler,my other two 3012's are still spot on and still lay the line perfect,i might have to hit it with a hammer to see if that helps,it dose'nt seem to affect the reel but it just looks really odd.Woody i wish you were right,i had 414LB in 3 matches at the end of april and drawing on them,the last two weeks i'am lucky if i draw near water never mind fish,i've picked up two sections since then and lost me draw bag tag that josh newton gave me[}]