I’ve fished a decent number of times in my life but mostly when I was younger, so I’d still consider myself to be in the beginner tier. A few buddies and I picked up fishing again and I recently decided to upgrade my rod and reel. The rod and reel I was using was from when I was a kid and while it gets the job done I wanted something a little more substantial. This will be the first spinning reel I’ve owned (current one is one of the push button ones) and it is apparently braid ready. I plan on putting some braid on but wasn’t sure if I need any backing or electrical tape or if I can have the braid go directly on the reel. Reel is a Daiwa BG 2500.
Never used tape on any of my braided reels. Double uni knot on the spool and never had a slip.
If you want conserve line, use a backing. The tape helps keep the line from slipping on the spool.
Just learn to tie a good "choke or cinch" knot and wrap line 2 or 3 times around itself, before you cinch it down.... tape is a "repair item", is it not ?
Silly, possibly even lazy, "fix-it", imo.
Plus.... you said " braid-ready" ?
Read the instructions thoroughly, please.
The biggest reason to use backing is the cost of braid,and it's small diameter. If your reel holds 150yards of 12lb mono,it will hold about 300yards of 15lb braid. You're only gonna use the top 100yards or so, and are wasting the other 200yards. Fill the spool 1/3-1/2way with mono and top it off with 150yards of braid.
What Fredfish said
Braid ready generally means an arbor hole or some other means to secure the braid to the spool so it don’t slip.
Putting on half a spool of mono backing eliminates any possibility of slip and lets you get a couple fills out of a spool of braid
I would put electrical tape on the reel, then wind some mono on top of the(not too much) the put on your braid
You don't need backing if the reel is "braid ready" meaning it has a band of rubber around the arbor, otherwise a couple of loops of (multi-use) electrical tape will work. if you tie through a hole in the arbor make sure the line is clear of the spindle. I put straight braid on my small reels so the knot won't reflect through to the "business area" of the line.
I am currently using the Diawa BG reels that are "Braid Ready". Fishing saltwater with the 5000 and 8000 reels. I use Bright Red 10# mono backing on all my reels for two reasons. One, you know when you are close to the Oh Shoot moment and two, when that moment comes the 10# mono breaks very easily. The reels are loaded with 50# and 80 # braid. The braid is not as forgiving when you come to the end of the line if you tied a good knot.
You can also take a little brush and apply a coat of the rubberized tool dip used to insulate hand tools...🐟on
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