The best of the plastic reels, IMHO, is the Jobo. All plastic must be dry. I only use the Jobo reels, have both the small and large size reels/tanks, when doing color. I prefer quality Stainless Steel and use that for B&W. Nikkor, Kindermann, or the currently made Hewes. You can load them wet however, I never have needed to do this. I use quality film, either Kodak or Ilford, some Fuji.

I use to have problems when starting out & used cheap no name reels, very hit & miss. Since upgrading as stated above, never any problems.

I would practice first in daylight then again with eyes shut, with a sacrificial roll, usually off brand freebee or well expired film & would not otherwise use.

I would encourage you not to give up.