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So I decided to try out braided line for the first time, and made a crucial mistake. I tied the braid directly to my spool, and it appears that the entire line slips on the spool.

I google'd the problem, and it appears that a mono backing will prevent the slippage. So my question is, what is the best way to get that brandy new braided line off so that I can put on the initial layer of mono? It seems like unwinding all 125 yards of it into a pile on the floor isn't a great idea. But is it my only option?
 

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Punch a hole in a plastic coke bottle cap and put a 1/4'" bolt thru it from the inside and lock it in place with a nut and washer. Screw the cap on the bottle. Chuck the bolt in a drill and get after it. You can do the same with the spool the line came on provided that you still have it. If the spool has a post or a hole thru it use it and you won't need the mono. If you have a reel that is partially filled tie the two lines together and reel the line on to it you won't need a drill. 125 yds takes up very little room if it is 20-30lb.
I spooled up a Shimano Spheros with Ugly Braid tied direct and I could not get it to slip. I tried several times as I was spooling. I put a good bit of pressure on the knot and the first few wraps and then kept some pressure on it as I was reeling. Tested it after 25 or so wraps and several more times with a lot of drag. More than I would normally ever use. I don't know if it was product, technique or both. I guess I'll have do some testing with power pro and fireline to see. I was slow about trying the stuff so the rest of my "braid" reels were mono backed. (I'd already read about the problem you experienced.)
 

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what is the best way to get that brandy new braided line off so that I can put on the initial layer of mono?

Give your kid one end of the line and tell 'm to keep goin till you say stop out in the yard.

I have my boy straighten out lines for me all the time. Usually I'll tie a sinker on the end and he'll take off with it. I'll holler at him to stop where I need it to be or to fix twists and such... then just reel it back in.

but I put my boy to use... basically any neighborhood kid will do.. usually for the cost of a piece of bubble gum... :D
 

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When I first switched to braid I didnt know you could spool with mono partially and save some $$. When I found out, I took and old Spinning reel and spooled it off of my good reel then spooled mono half way on 2 good reels and finished off with the braid on both.
I keep my old spools to because they come in handy for crafts and projects... My gas grill has 2 for wheels right now...LOL I also splice left over spools together and fill my "tag along" reels for loaning to friends and teaching the nephews ( if I can get their attention!!) And the left overs come in handy for tying up your own bottom rigs, repairing cast nets, hanging pictures, etc..
 

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backing with mono is a great idea to save money -- no need to spool the entire reel with expensive braid. but if you do --e.g., i sometimes do with my freshwater bass reels that don't have a lot of line capacity anyway -- a strip of duct/duck (!) tape directly on the spool will also work -- others use black/electrical tape. fyi - joel
 
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