Multiplier Reel Balancing

By , 4 November, 2009 14:33

Multiplier reel balancing

It is the first yards of line lay that set the balance on multiplier reels, yet many do not consider this when filling up with new line. An unbalanced spool can lead to poor performance and noisy operation when casting. By following these simple steps when re-filling, the spool will be balanced and improved, quieter casting gained. Although these pictures relate to the Penn 525 reel, the technique applies to all reels.

If this doesn’t balance the spool, unfortunately, it means stripping and re-doing until its right. This really can be a matter trial and error.

Many thanks to Neil Mackellow for allowing the use of his pictures here

First, wind on the line to form a hump in the centre of the
spool about 3-4mm high and about 5-8mm wide (depending on spool width)

Next do the same on the left side of the spool

…Followed by right side

Now fill the ‘dip’ on the right

Then on the left

Once any dips are filled, continue to wind on making sure to
keep and even spread across the spool.

Now wind on as normal keeping an even spread……

…until you reach the required depth of line on the spool.
(and no, I don’t know why Neil used different coloured lines here).

Even if your reel is equipped with a level wind, you can still balance it.
To start:
1. Thread new line through the level wind as normal and tie onto spool in the centre.
2. Before winding on, remove the screw cap from below the levelwind, the little pawl or ‘tooth’ can then come out.
2.The levelwind can now slide freely across spool without being engaged in the worm drive.
3. Follow the instructions and pictures above.
4. When the line is evenly spread across, pop the pawl back in, do up the screw.
5. Continue to wind on until you have your required line depth.

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