I put tension on the spool of line and also with my fingers as it goes on the reel. I have 2 30 series Okuma reels and use between 6 and 10 lb test line. I fish several times a week and use my spinning gear for small crank baits and finese worm fishing. I usually change my line every month due to wear and tear of tournament fishing. Some of the best line I have found to us is Berkley Vanish, Shakespere Supreme and Yozuri. I match my line type to the style and water I am fishing. Hope this helps some.