To be honest, I haven't loaded Ektar in a Paterson reel, but are you sure it was bone dry? I've seen many people having a hard time loading TriX, HP5+, whatever in Paterson reels and there was always some water on them. In fact, I've seen film ruined because of that. Some part of the film was in contact with another when loaded and it was undeveloped - unfixed after processing. It looked like it had never been put in chemicals!