AP ones work better for me as well.
I have had a problem, on and off, for years with Paterson reels. Sometimes they work and sometimes they don't. I have come to the conclusion, having eliminated all else, that there is a defect with some of the 'halves' and when 2 slightly bad halves are joined, you end up with a very bad whole reel that will not load no matter how clean or dry everything is. 135 or 120 adjusted.
I'm switching to stainless now but having read some of the problems people encounter, I feel like it might be back to square one, with the exception being that if I master the steel, it will be downhill from there (til my body fails me ). The best thing I ever did buy, with ref. to loading, was a Calumet changing tent. I so love my pop-up tent.