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Old 06-28-2012, 07:36 AM
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I would like to buy a bulk spool of braid and fill a bunch of spinning reels I have. I would like to put 100 yards of braid on each of the reels so they are all consistent, and so I know how much line is left on the bulk spool.

Yes, I am an accountant.

Can anyone recommend a line counter to use for this purpose? The line counters I have found online seem to get mixed reviews.

Thanks for any suggestions.

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i bought the bass pro model for around $15 didnt even work i wouldnt waste my money to try another one.
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Kristal makes a great line counter But it is expensive. I think mine was $130.00 + shipping. Its a deep drop counter but you can use them for spooling line as well.
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I have a bunch of Berkeley's we use for setting out baits for shark and tuna fishing, and they work great on 40-100 lb mono; but they don't do well with braid under 80 lb.
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If you're just using it to spool the reels, the $5 Berkley model that clips onto the rod works OK.
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Old 07-04-2012, 06:23 AM
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Don't get the Berkley or the Rapala line counters. They break in salt environment and they don't work well at all on braid. I have two in a drawer with broken parts. I am saving up for the Kristal.
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Old 07-04-2012, 07:04 AM
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Originally Posted by LI32 View Post
I have a bunch of Berkeley's we use for setting out baits for shark and tuna fishing, and they work great on 40-100 lb mono; but they don't do well with braid under 80 lb.

that has been my experience with those. I use one to do spooling with but it does not work well on braid for me either.

you could make a line counter easily enough, find an empty line spool with a diameter of 3 3/4" and mount it up to turn easily. wrap the spool with a layer or two of duct tape to give some traction. add a piece of black tape to mark the edge of the spool for counting revolutions.

run the line from the spool once around your "counter spool" and then to your reel. now as you reel count revolutions and you will know feet.

you could also put a bolt on the rim and have it trip a hand counter with each revolution.

a spool diameter just under 11 1/2 would be one yard per revolution BTW

another thought, you could go to the hardware store and buy a "trundle wheel" used to measure distances while walking and use it like i described above. here is an example sold on amazon:


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Old 07-04-2012, 04:19 PM
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Forget the line counter and go with powerpro depth hunter, changes colors every 30' and has a black mark every 5'. Works for me
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My experience has been just the opposite. I have used the bass pro and the berkley labeled model on 60-100# mono and on 130# JB hollowcore. They have worked great both setting lines on the boat and in the yard. I had to redo a pretty long section once and only had a 100' tape measure. The floss mark I had done with the line counter on the boat was within a foot of the tape measure on the 130# JB.

But... they are not really designed for that kind of use. IMO they work fine for spooling an amount of backing / top shot in your garage or marking your mainline with tape/floss/sharpie/etc at a slow speed. Quality control is probably not great so it might be good to double check your exact unit against a tape measure. At $18 they can be a trip saver to have onboard when you need to set at an exact distance.
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Old 07-26-2016, 06:37 PM
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If your that concerned calculate the amount of reel turns per foot and balence them out.

It's variable of course as more line is added, diameter it's spinning around changes.
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Originally Posted by OldBay View Post
I would like to buy a bulk spool of braid and fill a bunch of spinning reels I have. I would like to put 100 yards of braid on each of the reels so they are all consistent, and so I know how much line is left on the bulk spool.

Yes, I am an accountant.

Can anyone recommend a line counter to use for this purpose? The line counters I have found online seem to get mixed reviews.

Thanks for any suggestions.

Jeremy
Did same thing last year on about 12 offshore reels. Bought large spools of different sized momoi braid & momoi mono. Purchased $10 Berkley line counter only for the purpose of measuring new line going on and it worked fine on whatever sized/type line I used. I did fab up a line spooler for packing on braid and topshot. When I finally emptied each new spool I was within a few yards +/- of original calculations.

Never intended to use counter for fishing, just measuring line going on reels so have no idea re: quality for fishing.
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I use a down rigger I bought for $25 at a yard sale (old cannon easy-troll). Cleaned it up, removed the arm, and tested the counter- accurate.

I clamp it to the work bench and use it for spooling/unspooling duty. Love it.
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I ordered one of these and built a bracket with a spring for tension to count off bulk spools, works great.

http://www.ebay.com/itm/Mechanical-L...QAAOxyMxpRqY2-
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Originally Posted by Lone Ono View Post
I've decided to do the same thing. How do you keep the line centered on the wheel?
The wheel runs on the line stacked on the spool. the diameter doesn't vary much as most line manufacturers seem to lay it down fairly evenly, on 400 yds of 130 hollowcore it was off by 2 yds with my laser rangefinder.. not too bad I guess.
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You have a picture of it attached? I want to know how you run the line across it
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Originally Posted by jerrybark View Post

run the line from the spool once around your "counter spool" and then to your reel. now as you reel count revolutions and you will know feet.


another thought, you could go to the hardware store and buy a "trundle wheel" used to measure distances while walking and use it like i described above. here is an example sold on amazon:
Love the MacGyver ideas! I had a spool that turned 5 times in 1 yard. I used that method for years until I got a proper winding machine with a proper counter.
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