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Spooling A Fishing Reel

Author: Bullbuster Team

Guides On Spooling Fishing Reels 

On we have several guides on spooling fishing reels.  Below are a few of them. 

Spooling Your Reel With Braided Fishing Line From Home

This guide goes in depth on how to spool your braided fishing line from home. It covers different budgets and number of people available to help you. 

How To Spool Your Reels

The key to spooling a reel with braid, is getting it on there TIGHT!  Braid is exceptionally thin, especially when compared to mono.  If you don't spool it on tight, it will eat into itself when you put a lot of pressure on it.  This is very easy to prevent. 

1) Spooling Your Braid From Home Without Any Tools 

You actually don't NEED any specialized tools to spool your braided fishing line from home (although they make it a heck of a lot easier and quicker).  Here's how you can spool your braid on well without any tools:

What You Need To Spool Your Reels With Braid Without Any Tools: 

       1) A 5 Gallon Bucket

 2) 2 Gallons Of Water In Your Bucket

        3) A Pair Of Gloves

How Its Done: 

Drop your spool into the bucket of water, put on your gloves and spool.  

w/ 2 People (recommended): Have one angler hold the line as it comes out of the bucket with his/her gloved hands and have the other person reel, and level wind (if you are spooling a conventional).

Spooling Braided Fishing Line From Home

w/ 1 Person: Hold your gloved hand along the rod, wrapping your thumb and your index finger around the rod and put pressure on the braid as you reel with the other hand.  

If you can get a rod in a rod holder while you are doing this, it will make your job a lot easier, instead of gripping the rod and putting pressure, you can just grip and guide the line with your gloved hand  and your braid will be A LOT tighter on the spool.  

2) Spooling Your Reels  With Braid From Home Or On Your Boat With Spooling Tools

Use A Suction Cup Line Spooler - This tool is great because it lets you spool braid on your reel reel without needing a second person. Simply put it on your window or any smooth surface and it will apply the pressure to your braid automatically.  This tool works great for most braid spools 20-200Lb braid, although once you get to more than 500 yards of any braid over 80Lb, the spool won't fit, so you can either try the bucket method, or use other tools for these larger braids and bulk spools. no longer carries the suction cup line winding tool, but there are plenty of other similar online options.

3) Spooling Braid On Your Reel With A Spooling Machine

Tips When Spooling Braid With A Line Winding Machine -

1) Make sure your line is going on the reel tight! To do so use a glove on the spool its coming off of. 

2) When using a Bulk Spool of braid, go slower 1/2 - 3/4 speed.  Bulk braid is straight of the braider and is often not spooled as tightly as a smaller spool.  Don't get your line caught into itself before you get it on your reel.  Focus on getting it right, not on speed. 

Get A Spooling Machine For Your House

There are a number of spooling machine's on the market today.  Their prices range from $300- $4,000.  There is no question that they make spooling A LOT faster. 

How To Make Your Own Line Winder For A Spinning Reel

This is a cool project that we came across while surfing Youtube.  This is a great project if you are handy, do not want to spend $3,000 on a line winder, and spool lots of spinning reels. 

List Of Line Winding Machine Manufacturers

Line winders can save you a lot of time if you are spooling a ton of reels. 

If you are buying your fishing lines on that means you are buying directly from our factory and usually in bulk.  It also means that you will be spooling at home, and will probably have some line left over for the next time you need to spool your reels.  Having a line winding machine in your garage or man cave can make this process a lot easier and faster.  Below is a list of line winding machines that are on the market. 

1) Triangle Line Winders

The triangle line winding machine is probably the most recognized machine on the market.  It is also the most widely used by tackle stores.  Triangle is a one man division of a larger medical device company and manufactures three models to help you wind your line from home. 


 Big Game Line Winder - HD 140

Below is a video posted on Triangle Sports Youtube Channel about this line winder. 

SD 125 Line Winding

This is a video posted by Triangle Sport for their smaller model. 

2) South Chatam Tackle Line Winder

Below is a line winder put together by South Chatam tackle.  This machine is a bit less high tech and lets you use a drill to get the reeling done.  But it is a lot less expensive then a triangle machine and it really does get the job done.



3) Bees Knees Fishing Line Spooler

This is a spooler that helps you put pressure on your line.   


4)  Make Your Own Line Spooler 

Below is a project posted by "Matt's Fishing Adventures" with a plan for making your own line spooler. 

If you enjoyed this article, yet you are not quite ready for the line winding machine. Check out Spooling Your Braided Fishing Line From Home.

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