Spool Up With Tapered Main Line Correctly!

Learn the way to spool up precisely with tapered line.

Spool up precisely with no wastage!

- James Armstrong

Many anglers get confused as to how to spool up correctly with tapered main line because all spools are different in size. However, there is a method that I use that ensures perfection each and every time.

You will need a spare spool and you will require some old backing line to aid you.

If you have Shimano Ultegra 14000 reels, then the 6000 spool bulking device is perfect for 300m of line so you won’t need to go through this process.


First things first, you will need an empty spool. I soak my Orbit in Luke warm water to ensure it goes soft and supple.

Take the line Tapered Line, I use Ridgemonkey Orbit, and wrap a few coils around the spool tightly. Then begin to wind it onto the spool, keeping it taught against the section of your rod. You only need one rod section.

Continue to reel the line onto the spool until it finishes with another tapered section. There’s a leader at both ends.

Now tie the leader to the backing line. Reel the backing line on until it reaches the lip of the spool where you would like the tapered line to eventually sit.

Once finished, remove the spool and place a fresh ’empty’ spool onto the reel. Using the same process, wrap the backing line around the empty spool tightly and begin to reel, once again, keeping it taught.

Keep reeling until it gets to the tapered leader. You will hear the knot come through the rings. Place the knot at the bottom of the spool, and start reeling on the rest of the line.

Eventually you will get to the leader and it’ll be job done!

What you will need to spool up correctly!


Jimmy began his angling on the river Ouse with his father fishing for roach. His passion grew quickly and soon developed a love for big-fish across the globe!

James | 27th March 2020

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