If a donut without a hole is actually a Danish, then a reel without line is just a paperweight. In fact, I’ll take that one step further. A reel that’s not properly spooled with line of the proper type and size is going to make you want to pull your hair out. That’s why getting this right is so critical—the alternative is misery.
Whether you’re using a baitcasting reel or a spinning reel, changing line regularly and properly is key to making longer, more accurate casts and fewer lost fish. Here’s how to ensure you’re well-equipped to hit the water.
Pick the Right Type and Size of Line
First rule of Line Club: Don’t buy cheap line. I’m not saying that you have to find microscopic braids made from the hairs of virgin angora goats, but whether you’re using braid, monofilament, fluorocarbon, or copolymer, don’t skimp. The particular type you buy will depend on your tactics and the species you’re chasing, but make sure it’s matched to spool size and drag…