How Line Capacity Affects Fishing Reel Choice
Often times when we go to buy a new spinning reel or spincast reel we look for something that looks cool and feels good, which are important things. You might as well enjoy your fishing equipment, because the fish are not always biting, right!
One thing that will help you avoid tangles and misery on the lake or river is by buying a reel that has the right Line Capacity for the fishing you do. Lets face it, I am as guilty as anyone of putting 12 lb. test line on a reel that is meant for 4 lb. I think it makes us feel tougher or something.
Save yourself time and money next time you are reel shopping. Look on the back of the box or package and you should see a section that looks like this:
Line Capacity (#test/yards) - 6/200, 8/140, 10/120
It is simple enough, but many of us are guilty of skipping over this part and then we go buy too big of line for our reel. To translate, the reel above would be capable of holding 200 yards of 6 lb, 140 yards of 8 lb, and 120 yards of 10 lb test line.
Most of the time you can get away with a little extra, however I have found that you can avoid a lot of tangles and knots in your line by sticking to these guides. Besides, most of the time you don’t need to have that much line out in the water at a time. Less is more!
I hope this helps you make a better decision and avoid wasting Fishing line.