Does anyone have a good formula for how much mono backing plus braid fills a reel properly? Thanks for any help.
Absolutely agree! Then we extend that logic to our group of buddies who also calibrate the same way so we can share information on what is working.The most important part is that they are all done the same, so when you catch fish at what 1 reel is reading you can send out another rod and replicate what is working. It doesn't really matter if the reel says 100' but if you measure it and its actually 110' etc. if all your reels are the same. The whole goal is same rods, same reels, same amount of line. Confidence in what is working to repeat sucess on other rods.
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if you braid is new (or newer), just add to it with a line-to-line knot. the 30# braid that most of us use is more than strong enough even with a knot. i have one reel that has a wind knot in it at about 150' out and we have fished that all season...The way I see it is that there's 2 way's to do this and they both work; 1 is to calibrate your reel exactly to the counter,50' line out read's 50' on the counter and 100' is 100' on your counter, the other way is to mark out in your yard 25' increment's with marker's out to 150' and record the line counter reading's at each increment and tape with packaging tape to your handle above the reel.I have used this method for year's just because of losing some braid from the reel. Ex: 25' of line out may read 32' on your reel and 50' of line out may read 68' on your reel.The most important thing is to know where your lure or dipsy is above the fish.Both method's work and your still gonna make some adjustment's to dial it in on active fish.This is in "My Most Humble Opinion" and 40yrs. of experience.I'm sure there are other method's out there that work also.
wind knotif you braid is new (or newer), just add to it with a line-to-line knot. the 30# braid that most of us use is more than strong enough even with a knot. i have one reel that has a wind knot in it at about 150' out and we have fished that all season...