How to Spool a Berkley Vanish Transition

How to Spool a Berkley Vanish Transition
Berkley Vanish Transition is a fluorocarbon line that is designed to be invisible underwater. The line is available in sizes ranging from 4- to 20-pound test and the spool sizes are 250 yards. The line can be spooled on spinning, baitcast and spincast reels by tying a single knot to the spool and winding the reel. Reels with level wind mechanisms will spool the line evenly but most reels will require human assistance to wind the line evenly.


Difficulty: Moderate

Things You’ll Need:
  • Berkley Vanish Transition
  • Fishing rod
  • Fishing reel
  • Heavy book
Step 1
Attach the reel to the rod. You can use a spinning, spincast or baitcast reel.
Step 2
Feed the tag end of the line through the guides in the rod. Begin at the tip and work your way to the reel. Open the bail on the reel if it is a spinning reel. Remove the cap on a spincast reel. Many baitcast reels can be spooled without removing the spool but it is easier to remove the side plate and spool.
Step 3
Loop the tag end of the line around the spool of the reel. Tie an arbor knot to secure the line to the reel. To tie the knot, make one overhand knot on the tag end and pull it tight. Make another overhand knot around the main stem of the line. Pull the knot tight and the first overhand knot will prevent it from slipping off the spool.
Step 4
Close the bail, replace the cover or replace the spool and side plate on the reel. Place the spool of line between the pages of a heavy book to create tension. For reels with a level wind mechanism, turn the handle to wind the line on the spool. For reels without the mechanism, turn the handle and use your forefinger to move the line side to side.
Step 5
Stop spooling the line just before the reel is full. The small cushion will prevent future tangles. Attach a lure to the end of the line and make several casts to be sure the line is not tangled.

Tips & Warnings

Wind the line on the reel at a moderate pace. Watch the spool closely to be sure the line is not tangling. Also set the drag on the reel to loose setting for easy adjustments.
Pull the arbor knot slowly to tighten it on the reel. Once the knot is tight, test it with a firm tug to be sure it will not slip.

Article Written By Zach Lazzari

Zach Lazzari is an outdoor writing specialist. He has experience in website writing as well as standard newspaper writing. He wrote an outdoor column for the Silver World in Lake City, Colo., and articles for Lazzari is currently completing his bachelor's degree online through Arizona State University and lives in southwest Montana.

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