What 120 film are you trying to load?
Originally Posted by laroygreen
ILFORD film is easier to load than most as the substrate doesn't try to coil up as much as films like Kodak, Fuji, Foma, Adox, Agfa etc. and so it is reasonably easy to load as it is coming off the spool.
With the "livelier" films take the whole film off the spool, peel the tape off the backing paper, fold the sticky side over the film so that it reinforces across the film's leading edge and so stiffens it. Then holding the taped end of the film feed it into the spiral, preferably holding the spiral so the film is going away from you. Basically, for the first two or three inches you tow the film into the spiral. Then hold the spiral's outer edges in the normal way and twist away until all the film is loaded.
As has been said earlier, the spiral must be completely dry.
Don't give up on your Paterson reel. They are a damned sight easier to use than stainless reels...