4 thoughts on “Why doesnt a spinning reel hold heavy line?

  1. Heavy line (all line) has the natural coil from being on a spool. Heavy line wants to loosen to the original coil. It is stiff and retains the original coil.

  2. I have 3 spinning reels that I have 20 pound mono on for carp fishing. There just more costly for a descent one.

  3. A spinning reel with a spool large enough to hold a reasonable amount of heavy mono (say 50 or 80 pound test) would be huge, and the coiling of the stiff mono would make casting extremely difficult. And if you can’t cast, what’s the point of a spinning reel?

    Braided line gets beyond this, but there are other problems. Basically, because of their design (hanging on a stem under the rod, and the spool on a shaft which is only secured at one end, so it flexes) spinning reels aren’t as strong for their size as revolving spool reels. It’s harder (and therefore more expensive) to build a spinner strong enough for heavy line. But it’s possible — I’ve seen photos of them being used for 100+ pound tuna.

    Here are a couple pictures:

    And a couple more: in these the reel held up but the rod didn’t.
    (They were netting the fish for tagging and releasing.)

  4. i know someone who had 80lb line on a river rod and could throw it a long ways

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