What is "winding shape"?

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Many of the spinning reels I get from Shimano have a small bag with some washers that say they're used to "change the winding shape."

What does that mean? How do I know if I want to change the winding shape?
 

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Adding or removing washers will change the shape of the line as it stacks on the spool...it can either be level from top to bottom or more line at top or bottom of spool. I prefer it to be level
 

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Adding or removing washers will change the shape of the line as it stacks on the spool...it can either be level from top to bottom or more line at top or bottom of spool. I prefer it to be level
Thanks. Why would anybody not want it level?
 

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Level is good! Add a shim if it has a gap at the rear or remove one if there's a gap at the front.
 

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I like mine biased a little to the top.
As line comes off the spool it rubs harder on the lip as it it goes deeper in the spool
I think it helps in getting a little longer cast?
 

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The line may not wind on the reel level when it comes from the factory. Thus the shims to make the adjustments.
 

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Some anglers like a forward line lay as they believe the reel will cast further. I believe this may be true with older spinning reel designs. With our redesigned spools this is not the case. Even line lay performs the best.

The reels come with shims to correct any line lay adjustment as there are tolerances when manufacturing the reels. Most of the time the reels are set correctly out of the box. If the line is stacking too high on the spool, add one or two shims. If the line is stacking too low on the spool, remove one or two shims.
 

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Some anglers like a forward line lay as they believe the reel will cast further. I believe this may be true with older spinning reel designs. With our redesigned spools this is not the case. Even line lay performs the best.

The reels come with shims to correct any line lay adjustment as there are tolerances when manufacturing the reels. Most of the time the reels are set correctly out of the box. If the line is stacking too high on the spool, add one or two shims. If the line is stacking too low on the spool, remove one or two shims.

Ah, thanks! All my reels are fine, but I noticed the NASCI is stacked towards the top. I thought it might be how it was put on initially. I'll mess around with it.

Thanks again.
 

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Tension can affect the winding shape as well. I would take the reel out and fish it first before playing with the shims.
 
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