A note for those spooling up w/ Fireline. If you don't do one of these options you will be cursing Fireline because your line will constantly slip on the spool. Option 1 involves taping the knot to the spool before you start reeling the line onto the reel. Option #2, which I like to use, encompasses using a mono backing. By doing that you save money by not having to use as much Fireline, which runs about $12 for a 125 yard spool. All you have to do is tie a blood knot b/w the mono and Fireline, trim the tabs, then spool the Fireline over the mono until your reel is full. It sounds complicated, but just learn the blood knot, and you will find yourself saving a good amount of money and maximizing the potential of the Fireline. Another tip, although I have not tried it, is to use a flurocarbon leader when using Fireline. The successful pike fisherman that fish suckers at Geneva have good results with this and it would probably help with other clear bodies of water. For bass fishing though, the 6 lb. Fireline (2 lb. diameter) is hard to beat. If you get broke off with this line you are either horsing the fish WAY to much, or you need to look into upgrading to a reel with a better drag.