I know a lot of folks use a braided main line with a fluorocarbon leader for finesse fishing, but I decided to go with straight fluorocarbon for this review. Fluoro is known for being unmanageable on spinning reels so I wanted to see exactly how the Lew’s KVD Spinning Reel stood up to a known foe of spinning reels.
For a $99 reel, I was blown away by the line management. The line didn’t jump off the spool and there were no wind knots to speak of. It was comparable to many $200-plus reels I’ve tested over the past few years. Whether you like to use braid, mono or flouro, I think you’re going to be very impressed by how this reel handles your line of choice.