As float fishing for steelhead increases with popularity, many questions from spinning reel fisherman center around spooling, line control and mending techniques.
First, when spooling a spinning reel with Blood Run Float Fishing mainline it is important to make sure the line is going onto the reel correctly. The spool of line should be rotating in the same direction as the spinning reel, either clockwise or counterclockwise, depending on the rotation of the spinning reel. The best way is to stick a screwdriver through the spool of fishing line, and watch the label as it rotates either clockwise or counter clockwise while spooling. The spool should rotate in the same direction as your spinning reel. If it does not, flip the spool around on the screwdriver and proceed.
When spooling, try to pinch the line between your fingers just before it feeds onto your reel, applying necessary tension and pressure to pack the line onto the reel tightly.
When float fishing with a spinning reel, the most important element is line control. You should not just flip open the bail and let line cascade off the reel onto the water, it is important to maintain precise line control to avoid tangles and provide proper float presentation.
Below are videos displaying two methods of line control and hook setting techniques when float fishing with a spinning reel.
Both techniques provide for proper line control when mending, as well has proper hand placement to flip the bail when setting the hook after your float drops.