If you are faced with the necessity of a fresh spool of line, the biggest and most important decision is whether to buy a pre-wrapped spool and do it yourself or have a local bait and tackle shop spool one for you. The answer to this dilemma is quite simple: let a professional spool the line whenever you can.
There’s little doubt that doing this will cost you slightly more money, but what it can save in aggravation will surely make up for it. Stop and consider the risks – line twist, bad tension, not enough or too much line – and it’s not hard to see why a professionally wrapped spool wins every time.
You can purchase filler spools in a variety of lengths. They are as large as 300 yards and as small as 125 yards. Reels are unique and depending on the size line you are using they will hold varying amounts. This means that if you purchase a pre-wound spool chances are that you’ll either wind up with leftover that’s too small to use or even worse, your reel will be under-filled. An under-filled reel simply will not perform as well as a reel that is filled with the proper amount of line.
At some point, you are likely to find yourself in a situation where filling your reel becomes a necessity instead of an option. When this happens, there are some simple steps to be aware of. They can mean the difference between successfully filling your reel and seeing your reel fail at a most inopportune time.
Anyone who has ever wound their own line has dealt with the frustration of twisted line. Twisted line is easily avoided if line is professionally rolled, but you can also prevent it when you’re attempting to wind your own line at home. With a can and a pencil you can create a spool holder that will help you wind your line. Simply drill holes into the sides of the can, push a pencil (or thin stick) through the holes with your spool on it and you’ve got the perfect solution for a single person process. If you have the benefit of a second person, simply push a pencil or stick through the center of the roll of line and have them hold it while you fill your reel. These simple processes can help avoid twisted lines which can create all types of problems if you are out fishing.
At times, you will discover that the drag or tension in your line is off for the type of fishing you are doing. When a reel is filled in a professional shop, they usually make use of internal measures to make certain that tension is preserved during the spooling process to help generate drag on a line. To guarantee that the line you roll has the appropriate tension, use a few common items. Place the line between the pages of an old phone book and add a couple of somewhat heavy books on top. This will create just enough drag to make certain that your line is rolled with the correct amount of tension, thus permitting you to load the reel snugly.
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.