With modern high strength, small diameter lines, spinning and bait casting reels can hold a tremendous amount of line. I usually spool up about half capacity with an inexpensive monofilament then fill up with the better line. That gives me much more good line than my longest cast, plus plenty for retying, etc. And then there's all that line I'll never use.

In freshwater fishing, why do these reels still have so much excess capacity?

Are any manufacturers now making lower capacity reels that are not ultralights or similar?

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