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Old 10-17-2015, 10:18 AM
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Folks, I'm spooling 4 conventional reels with braid + topshot. I usually have a buddy or two to assist, but I am on my own today and I do not have access to a line winder.

Can anyone suggest a few tricks for keeping pressure on the plastic line spool or the line as it goes onto the reel? I want to ensure the braid is packed tightly.

Thanks for any advice.
Old 10-17-2015, 10:39 AM
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I made this ugly little jig and it works very well. A small piece of 2x4, long bolt, hand full of washers and a spring and use a vice. Sometimes I use a small spool as a spacer too.

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I take a rag and wrap it around a long screwdriver shaft, near the handle. Then stick screwdriver through the spool of line, and clamp the tip in a vise on my workbench. The rag lets you keep some friction/pressure against the spool and the vise holds it in place. Just did this last week to load up a new reel.
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Throw the spool in a bucket of water
Old 10-17-2015, 05:34 PM
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Jig looks good bud!

Wear heavy gloves and weave the line in and out of your fingers. I like to wrap a piece of electrical tape around the spool and then a doubled knot. I pack it on tight. I've never had a single issue with the line spinning on the spool and I use a lot of drag and push the gear
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Originally Posted by Tampa View Post
Jig looks good bud!

Wear heavy gloves and weave the line in and out of your fingers. I like to wrap a piece of electrical tape around the spool and then a doubled knot. I pack it on tight. I've never had a single issue with the line spinning on the spool and I use a lot of drag and push the gear
I use to do the heavy glove thing, but this year I made a setup similar to the one pictured above. Night and day, wish I made one earlier.
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Originally Posted by Fishoi View Post
Throw the spool in a bucket of water
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I've got a double spring spooling rig I got offline that works fine for light stuff. I add the glove to really laid it on tight in addition. Someone mentioned wetting the spool I have done that with hollowcore it seems to help as well
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2nd bucket of water.
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I just throw the spool in a 5 gallon bucket and start winding. Bow anchor locker works good too!
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Pull it through a telephone directory, the bigger the better.
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Originally Posted by Jay A View Post
I just throw the spool in a 5 gallon bucket and start winding. Bow anchor locker works good too!
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Bucket of water 100% for my big reels.
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I use a jig like the one pictured above. I wish I had a photo of it... I mounted it on a board and to runs through a line counter as well. I jot down my load data and I can dial in my backing and top line perfectly.

In a pinch, usually when I am fishing and I have to re-spool, I have used the 5 gal bucket of water. But I will usually pay out all of my line with a 10 oz weight and reel it all back in.
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Bucket of water 100% for my big reels.
Old 10-18-2015, 09:59 AM
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I rig something up with rods, vice grips, washers, springs etc. much like the pictures. But I don't get the bucket of water comments. Is there enough resistance to pulling out the line that you can get it tight on the reel? Or is something else (like squeezing the line with gloves...that always cramps my fingers) involved?
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Originally Posted by CaboJohn View Post
I rig something up with rods, vice grips, washers, springs etc. much like the pictures. But I don't get the bucket of water comments. Is there enough resistance to pulling out the line that you can get it tight on the reel? Or is something else (like squeezing the line with gloves...that always cramps my fingers) involved?
Once the line dries it helps aid in the spool being tight. I do it when I use hollowcore but have no clue if it does anything more then dry. It seems for me to lay in smoother when I've done it. Also in the bucket it adds an amount of drag and keep the spool from back lashing.

Gloves and packing it on has been the best results for myself. If you are spooling a monster reel then just take a break. I run a lot of conventional reels and the gloves aid in thumbing it evenly also.

I buy the largest spools I can and with the diameter being larger it means less drag spooling onto the new reel. With the doubled up drag added from my spooler and the glove it's as tight as it's going to get. I personally have never been a big fan of shops doing them I don't care how professional they are they aren't going to handle it better then I will. I hate bumps and dummy marks on my gear and I trust my knots. It's worth the effort
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Take them to a good tackle shop and have them do it. With heavier tackle it is almost impossible to spool braid properly without a commercial grade line machine. You just can't pack it evenly with enough consistent tension. Trust me, you will save yourself a lot of trouble and aggravation down the road...



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I dig the tennis ball jig. Capt. Scott - I'm on a Bahamas family islands. As you are likely aware, there are no tackle shops to have line a reeled, and no outlet stores to quickly purchase a line winder. Shoot, I even need to have my braided line shipped in!

I may try the wet line approach + a spring assisted jig. Thanks for the input.

I also second the electrical tape prior to spooling with braid. I've never had line slip, and two wraps of electrical tape are not nearly as thick as a couple wraps of 20+ test mono. I use this trick with my spinning reels.

Once my reels are backed with braid, though, I don't foresee re-spooling them any time soon!

Tight, well-packed lines, folks!

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