Rinsing your reels in a wetting agent solution before drying helps, and if the reels are not totally dry, use a hair dryer to make them absolutely dry.

I always cut the film lead into a rounded shape, i.e. cutting off a little bit off the sharp straight edges on both sides, and it works a treat.

I only use plastic Patterson reels, and never have problems, unless the reels are still a bit moist.

Good luck!
Anne Marieke