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Old 12-02-2019, 11:30 AM
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I just received my four avet 4.2 reels then was hit with my next dose of reality. Putting the line on. Is there a tool that you guys use that counts the length as well as holds pressure so it's easy to spool them up? I did one by hand and it's pretty obvious the line isn't on tight enough so I'm going to pull it off and try again, if I can find a means. On my inshore reels I'd just troll with a weighted cork letting the line all the way out then reel it back in.

Thanks for all your help. Yesterday I flew home to find boxes of reels, lures, rods, lines, and spreader bars and I'm getting so damn pumped!
Old 12-02-2019, 11:41 AM
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My "professional method" is to put the spool on a long screwdriver or dowel, and sit it on a 5 gallon bucket. Then pass the line through a phone book before going to the rod tip. You can put something on the phone book if you need more "tension".
Then sit a little ways away, and reel like a muh fu !

You can't count line footage this way, but it's never mattered to me.
Old 12-02-2019, 11:43 AM
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Originally Posted by Jus Teasin View Post
My "professional method" is to put the spool on a long screwdriver or dowel, and sit it on a 5 gallon bucket. Then pass the line through a phone book before going to the rod tip. You can put something on the phone book if you need more "tension".
Then sit a little ways away, and reel like a muh fu !

You can't count line footage this way, but it's never mattered to me.
What is the "phone book" thing you speak of?
Old 12-02-2019, 01:48 PM
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Step one, buy a threaded rod or bolt long enough to fit the spool you have. Then buy several washers and four nuts to fit on the threaded rod. Put the threaded rod in a vice and use the nuts to adjust the tension on the spool while you reel it in. Alternatively, if you shop at a local tackle shop they all have the machine to do it properly too. There are devices you can buy online that will do the job too but they cost money and I'm cheap.
Old 12-02-2019, 02:54 PM
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Originally Posted by Jim311 View Post
Alternatively, if you shop at a local tackle shop they all have the machine to do it properly too. There are devices you can buy online that will do the job too but they cost money and I'm cheap.
It sounds like the line has already been purchased, so the preferred (for a rookie) tackle shop method is probably out. So OP, what line did you buy? Capacities are shown below. As far as spooling up without help, you don't need a line counter ... just the chart. Homemade line spoolers are varied. I use a cardboard box, some copper tubing run through two holes punched through the sides, a couple of bricks, a sponge, and some small towels. Use your imagination ... or just put your spool on a pencil and burn up your wife's thumbs.




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I put 95%+ of my line on by hand. Mono is the easiest. If you are having trouble getting it tight try applying pressure with left hand. Another method is to place spool on any sort of rod.....hold the rod in place with a milk crate or such.....and apply friction on spool itself. You can also get a wet cloth and hold line w left to apply more tension.

The bigger the reel the more risk of line digging in to itself. One sure fire method is to overfill reel....then let line out while boat is underway and rewind the spool under pressure.
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Originally Posted by ebbtideandy View Post
What is the "phone book" thing you speak of?
Open a phone book up about half way through the pages. Lay the fishing line in between the pages, then close the book on the line.

Reel the line through the book using the pages as resistance. more pages = more resistance.
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I haven't seen a phone book in at least a decade, and that's a lot of friction to put on the line.

Get yourself a proper line winder or at least a spooler, or take it in to a shop and have them do it.

I use the Bees Knees splooler and it works with a line winder or manual.

Alternative methods are a 5 gallon bucket of water, or have someone hold the line with a screwdriver and put tension on the spool (not the line).

If you are in the Houston area, you can come over and use my line winder.
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I bought a small spinner not to long ago. It was spooled with brand new braid (300 yards). But was very loose on the spool. Went outside and tied the line to a stop sign and started walking. Then just reeled in with good pressure.
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^ Good way to put a burn mark in your run.
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I decided to build my own device. I put washers on both sides with a rubber washer in between so it holds the spool firmly. Put a little oil on the wingnut washer so it can spool freely without tightening the nut down. Worked very well with the one reel I did last night.
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Originally Posted by Grog View Post
^ Good way to put a burn mark in your run.
what’s a burn mark in the run? Also when spooling through a rod with roller guides is it common to have residual from the line on some of the rollers?
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^^^^ yust add a tennis ball each side for better tension
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Originally Posted by flyingtexan View Post
what’s a burn mark in the run?
x2 ^^^
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Originally Posted by FlyingTexan View Post
Also when spooling through a rod with roller guides is it common to have residual from the line on some of the rollers?
When spooling colored braid it’s not unusual to have some residue. The braid fibers cannot be dyed, the color pigment is added to the outside.
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Busted Fishing's new line winder. Incredible how well it works.

https://www.bustedfishing.com/?store...216-p140784861
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Originally Posted by Seakab View Post
^^^^ yust add a tennis ball each side for better tension
or another washer with a spring in between. Also maybe a double nut so it does not come loose.




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