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Mudd

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For those of you that carry and practice with an SMB, do you deploy with a finger spool or a reel?

I've been using a finger spool but I've heard from some other divers that I should be using a reel (which I do not own yet and think may be overkill).
 

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I've used delayed SMB's with both spools and reels and find that reel is slightly easier when I have gloves on just because it is easier to hold and I am less likely to drop or fumble it as the line plays out. But I really can't say I have noticed any difference in the effectiveness of one over the other.

The only time I really prefer a reel over a spool is when I am towing an SMB - then I find a reel so much easier.

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I deploy an SMB at 70' or shallower, and use a spool, because it works fine for those kinds of depths. Spools don't jam, and they're much easier to put in your pockets.
 

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Spool. I just release the spool completely in front of me as the SMB heads to the surface and watch it will twirl as the line unwinds. I have never had the spool jam and take the spool up, however I normally deploy at less than 40'. Kinda cool to watch the reel spin in the water right in front of me.
 

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Shallow I use a smaller SMB and spool. Deeper I use a larger DSMB and a reel. But there's really no right or wrong but what you feel comfortable with.
 
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For me, it's depth dependent. I'll typically use a spool, as preference, for recreational depth dives - allowing rule of halves/thirds (depending on current) in respect of the necessary line length versus distance to surface. If I need to deploy from depth, either deep rec or on a technical dive, then I'll use a primary reel (200m+ length of line).

I consider the spool (if drills are well rehearsed and ingrained) to be the easier and safer option.
 

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deep deploy - spool. I don't have a reel and have no reason to buy one for SMB, huge overkill. Hard to explain but I use another bolt clip to wind the SMB in as I ascent. much easier than hands.

holiday diving - I keep a ~7m piece cut from my spool clipped on to the SMB (and carry my spool as well). given most of the diving I used to do in Australia was classes where if a student had a problem I may need to deep deploy it was logical. Holiday diving, I rarely deploy one unless I lose the tender or need to surface on my own. For that instance I just do a blue water ascent and deploy at 5m, extra length for current.
 

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To all you spool users...do you ever encounter any curling of the line after winding in greater lengths of line. I have seen
the double ender used to wrap the line and also just hand over hand. The one problem with hand looping something onto a spool
is it can cause curling of the line. The reels of course bring the line in without any looping effect. The reason I'm asking,
I was on a boat one time and someone had what looked like freshly spooled line on a spool and had a terrible tangled mess
when reboarding the boat without taking in all the line.
 
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