Unfortunately for us, the angler, the line we buy is loaded in different ways and what works with one make of line doesn’t necessarily work with another make of line.
The only fool proof way of loading line without twist that I have found is the method I use myself and works with every type of line I have ever worked with.
I use the butt section of a carp rod and thread the line through the butt guide before tying or taping to the spool. This depends upon the breaking strain being loaded. If on the heavy side I prefer to tape it in place to avoid the bulky knot throwing a few of the early turns of line out of synch’.
I then drop the line spool in a bucket of hot water. The reason for the hot water is that all makes of line have what appears to be a oily coating which keeps the line buoyant longer than I would like. The warm water helps to break this down and also appears to soften most lines which makes for better bedding down and line lay.
Whilst on this subject and everyone being so obsessed these days on getting their line to sink and anchor down I couldn’t tell you the last time I saw someone squirting diluted washing up liquid onto their spools. This used to be common practice in the old free lining days to help save dragging the bait back too far whilst sinking the line. A warm soapy bucket of water should give you a nice sinking line.
Sorry, I got a little side tracked there as I usually do whilst rambling on about whatever comes to mind. If I don’t write it as I think it or indeed say it when in conversation it slips back under some flap of brain never to be released again for many years to come. My short term memory is atrocious but I find I can remember a lot from the past. I like to kid myself that my brain is like a computer. Packed full of knowledge but now too full to take any more on!
Whoops, side tracked now from my side tracking! Where were we? Ah yes, filling your spools up.
Once the line is in water, threaded through the butt guide and attached to the reel spool I start the winding process making the spool revolve in the water like a turning wheel. I trap the line high up the rod with a small piece of cloth which helps to clean the line whilst loading and simply continue to wind until the reel is as full as I need it. If you need to stop winding at any stage slow the winding down first or you may end up with one massive birds nest to try and sort out.
Once you have cut the line at the desired length you are only half way through the loading method I use.
With nothing attached to the end of the line I walk the end out for as far as I am likely to be casting. Depending upon the room you have in your garden you may need to do this whilst fishing or even on a local playing field. I put bank sticks in my garden and zig zag a few times until the desired amount of line is out. It is then a simple case of walking back to the rod and reeling the line back onto the reel under the tension of the damp cloth used earlier.
You will see by employing this double loading system that every last twist of line which may have been left in the line from spooling up in the first place will clearly be seen twisting out as you wind the line back onto the reel. Perfect line lay every time.
It may look as though it is a lot of effort to go to but it is certainly the only method of line loading I have found to be foolproof with any make of nylon and is the only method I would ever consider using for my own reels.