Line Reel

Line Reel

How to Spool a Fishing Line onto a Reel

If you are thinking about a fresh spool of line, the biggest question is usually whether to purchase a pre-wrapped spool and do it yourself or stop at a local bait and tackle shop and have them spool one for you.  The solution to this problem is actually quite easy: allow a professional to spool the line onto your reel whenever possible.

This route costs a bit more, but in the long run the cost is well worth avoiding the stress of doing it yourself.  There are several risk factors in doing a job like this on your own, such as twisted line, tension problems, not enough line spooled, and too much line added.  For this reason, it’s not difficult to see why allowing an expert to do the work for you saves in so many different ways.

You can purchase filler spools in a broad range of lengths, in various increments between 125 and 300 feet.  Because each reel is unique, depending on the size of the line you are utilizing, each will hold dissimilar lengths.  As a result, it becomes practically inevitable to wind up with either too much or too little.  This problem causes further troubles, and soon your reel will not operate in any way.

One day, you are apt to find yourself in a situation where filling your reel becomes a requirement instead of a choice.  At this point, there are some easy steps to follow.  They can spell the difference between effectively filling your reel and seeing your reel fall short at a most inconvenient time.

You are likely familiar with the aggravation of twisted or tangled line, but this is preventable by simply having a professional roll it.  Nonetheless, you can avoid a twisted line even when you decide to wind the line yourself. These straightforward steps will help put a stop to twisted lines by creating a spool holder using only a can and pencil. First, you start this project by drilling holes into the sides of a can. Force a pencil/thin stick through the holes with the spool on it.  As easy as that! If you have someone to help you, you can thrust a pencil or stick through the middle of the roll of line with some help.  Fill the reel while your help holds the roll.

From time to time, you will notice that the drag (or tension) in your line is not right for the kind of fishing you are doing.  When a reel is filled in a bait and tackle shop, they typically make use of in-house methods to ensure that tension is preserved during the spooling process to help produce drag on a line.  To certify that the line you roll has the proper tension, use a handful of ordinary items.  Lay the line between the pages of an old phone book and stack a couple of fairly heavy books on top.  This will form just enough drag to ensure that your line is rolled with the right level of tension, thus allowing you to spool the reel securely.

There are a few brands of line (such as Daiwa, Avet, Shimano and Van Staal) that regularly offer you with a suggested weight and length perfect for your specific reel.  Nevertheless, a rule of thumb is to always purchase too much line seeing as how under-spooling can generate more troubles than you wish to think about.  When you are uncertain as to how much line to purchase, think about purchasing a bulk spool, which is obtainable in lengths up to 1500 yards.  Remember that loading your reel incorrectly can devastate your retrieval percentage!

Without a doubt, a professionally spooled reel is nearly always preferable to one that is do-it-yourself.  Nevertheless, if you have to do it yourself, these practical tips can help ensure that your reel is loaded correctly and you can maximize your fishing experience.

There are many types of reels out on the market. Doing research to determine which one is right for you is extremely important. Some of the most popular reels out there today include Saltiga 30T and Shimano Calcutta 400B.

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