Is there an economical line counter to measure backing as its spooled on? Do the counters I find for trolling applications work well enough?
You should read the reviews on that trinket. But that is something like what I was thinking about.At Cabelas
Berkeley Line Counter 15$
Me too. Just did it last week. It is a pain but I like a full reel.It’s a pain but if trying to maximize backing capacity without overfilling I will put the fly line on the spool first then fill with backing to the desired level.
Then pull it off with my homemade line winder then reassemble like normal.
You should read the reviews on that trinket. But that is something like what I was thinking about.
I intend to load new braided backing on some of my reels and wanted to make it easy to keep track of the length since I’ll be working off a 600 yard spool. This stuff is too expensive to waste.
Hope your able to post itI was spooling some Penn 80 wides for a buddy for marlin fishing and was trying to figure out how much backing to put on before I spliced onto the mono top shot. Wife built a macro enabled Excel spreadsheet formula that was shockingly accurate. You have to know the line diameter and a couple other specs but plug in the numbers and you get your answer. I'll see if I can find it and post up. A side benefit of being married to an aerospace engineer at NASA.
That^Most reel builders have some pretty good insight on how far up a spool you should fill a reel depending on the fly line you are going to use.
For example, Abel jsut tells you to fill the backing up to the bottom of the screw holding the handle on. This is actually dang close. I just fill up my reel to that or a bit more than put the fly line on. If its a little tight just remove a little backing. Pretty simple.
Yes, a cheap hand-held counter will be pretty close on yardage, that's what I've used in the past to fill offshore reels. As others have said your yardages can vary based on line diameter, but if your reel is rated for a certain length of a certain line you can compare that to the line you are using to figure out the capacity.No, I just want to know how much I put on and how much is left. Because I am going to Threadlock and have never used it before is the problem. I can fill to where the old micron was before and know the fly line will fit on top.
This was simple when you picked up two connected 100 yard spools of 20 # dacron, spooled it on and then the fly line. You had 200 yards of backing and if it was a little fat to take the fly line, you cut some off the back of the fly line and tied on. Done.
I just want to know if the cheap little trolling counters (or some other inexpensive device) will give a decent approximation of the length of line I spooled on. Sorry if my original post was not clear enough.