SS reels, how bent is bent?
I've been struggling trying to load stainless steel reels and using language that shouldn't be used. Could be the reel or could be my technique. I've used plastic for a number of years.
So I took a couple of my Omega brand 120 reels and measured with calipers (hey, it's -11 F outside so a good time to do this). Measuring the inside width at four equal opposing points I get the following: 2.225, 2.258, 2.270, 2.260 (measured in inches). I measured a second and got: 2.258, 2.254, 2.252, 2.260. I haven't yet measured a reel and then tried loading it to see how it correlates.
My question is how far out of alignment can a reel be before loading becomes an issue?
I'm pretty sure all my reels came to me used. Since I have a fair number, I don't want to jettison them if the problem is me. Right now, I need to load in a changing bag so that may at least part of the problem.
I know that Hewes reels are widely considered to be the best and perhaps I should just buy them. But I won't until I'm reasonably confident that the reels I have are bad.