Suppose the line roller is high on the spool when drag is pulled. As the spool turns it gets to a point where it's coming off the bottom of the spool, and the line is being pulled at a sharp angle across the other line on the spool. If the line at the bottom of the spool is indented a bit and not lying flat on the spool, when it gets to the bottom it starts to rub against the line next to it that's a bit higher, creating friction and increasing the amount of force on the line required to make the drag turn, thus increasing the effective drag. When this happens it also makes the line burrow in a bit more, further increasing the problem. Does anyone else have problems with this also? Not packing the line tightly enough on the spool would make burrowing worse, but I loaded up a Stradic 8000 with 80 lb Daiwa boat braid as tightly as I could reel against, and it is still a big problem - there was at least a 3-4 lb variation in the drag as the line comes off the bottom of the spool vs. the top, and I'm sure it could be even more than that when fighting a fish as surges by the fish could cause even more burrowing. I had never really watched it on a gauge before now, and found it pretty shocking how un-smooth it is. Do you think I'm just not packing the line on tight enough, is it mainly a Stradic problem just not laying the line as evenly as (for example) a Stella, or is this a problem with all spinning reels? If it's a line packing problem, do you pack your line on with a machine? It seems to me that the changing angle of the line coming off the spool of any spinning reel would itself require a varying amount of force to obtain the same amount of torque on the spool to make the drag turn, regardless of any line unevenness or any burrowing problems. The angle variation would be worse with a reel having a tall spool or a line roller that's close to the spool, I would think.