Well there’s one perk to being in lockdown and that’s the fact you can get all your odd jobs done. Forget DIY though, us anglers have got loads of stuff that need doing. Spooling up for a start.
A few weeks back I recieved a package from American Tackle with some new goodies in. Lures, fluorocarbon, braid and more but also a new casting reel. The LP8 casting reel which is a 200 size reel and should be ideal for my Gunki Iron T198 that i’ve been using for quite a few years now. So yeah, with the sun shining and lockdown in place it was finally time to get it spoooled up.
These days i’m either using the Nano X or Bushido Combat braids from American Tackle. Usually I’ll use the heavier strains of Nano X for all my heavier set ups and the soft Bushido Combat braid for my light stuff, fixed spool and casting. So I dug out some 10lb Bushido and spooled it up. The spool has that aero design where you have holes in the spindle of the spool allowing you to tie direct and thus stopping the braid slipping. Saves having to mess with either mono backing or using electrical tape. I don’t mind either way but it’s nice that AT have actually thought about that and added it to the reel.
The reel spooled up nice and the line lay looked good so thats a good start. Next it’s time to have a fiddle with the knobs and try to get it dialled in as they say. If you aren’t sure what all the knobs do, you usually have two or three to play with. The star shaped knob on on the handle is the drag. This is the one that lets a fish run and stops your braid snapping. The other one or two you will have on a casting reel are for when you are casting. On a left hand wind reel, the left hand side little round knob is for the spool tension and the right hand side dial is the casting brake. You need to play about with these and learn what they do.
So start with the left side little knob and free it up just enough so that when you click the thumb bar the spool slowly lets line off, when you have a lure clipped on. Now tighten it up and loosen it off and work out where you think it should be. A good start is loose enough that the lure slowly falls to the floor once you release the thumb bar. Next do a short cast and tighten or loosen the right hand dial so that once your lure hits the ground/water, the spool stops turning. Again, open and close this dial and see what happens and learn it. Out on the water, you then have a fiddle with the knobs and have a few casts and see what happens. Short casts first, to prevent a massive birds nest if you have those dials set up incorrectly. Tweak as you go and then start to cast further and further.
Anyway i’m sorted, i just need time on the bank to fine tune for my longer casting. In the garden i’m set up bang on and I even managed to plop a lure in to an empty flower pot. First cast as well, not fibbing!https://riverpiker.com/wp-content/uploads/2020/03/img_7251.mov