Line Spoolers

Discussion in 'San Diego Long Range fishing Reports' started by Riccochet, Jun 26, 2015.

  1. Riccochet

    Riccochet Member

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    I would like to spool new topshot on my reels for an upcoming 8 day trip. Are there any inexpensive line spoolers on the market that will provide enough tension to get the job done? I have googled a bunch and most have horrible reviews.

    Richard
     
  2. jer dog

    jer dog Fishing is life

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    I just put two Tennis balls on a 1/2 inch Dowel, and have the boy hold it works great, I even bring it on trips and share it.
     
  3. Steve K

    Steve K Hey, I'm gettin' bit...

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    Topshots of up to 100 yards of 40-50 lb mono, I spool myself directly from the mono spool. Always let it out behind the boat and reel it back in before tying on jigs. Hooks go on 20' fluorocarbon leaders. ;)
     
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    I think that the answer is no. To get sufficient tension you need a higher cost commercial tool. I have also had good results with a home made tool.

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  5. ifish42na

    ifish42na No Bad Days

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    You should not be applying significant tension when spooling a mono topshot. It's completely different than braid. If you've got the topshot on a small spool, have someone hold it in hand and wind it on the reel. You only need enough tension to prevent a backlash.
     
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    Isnt there someone out there in BD fantasy land who sells more line than you more qualified to answer this question? LOL
     
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    shellback Well-Known "Member"

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    you can crush mono by winding it on too tight. look at it this way- mostly the tightest you will get it is hand tight reeling up after a long soak. catch some fish and that will be the tightest it needs to be.
     
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    af dreamer I've posted enough I should edit this section

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    All line needs to be wound tight enough so when catching a fish with a heavy drag it does not cut into the line on the spool.Tom
     
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    Absolutely! In my early Salmon fishing days, I would spool mono very thight, go to fish and then a week later wondered why my mono feels like crap. Changed to a different brand ...same results. Finally I realized that the rough spots on line were "crash indentations" from spooling it too tight. I guess every lesson has its price ;)
     
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    jer dog Fishing is life

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    I've been putting Mono on this way for years with no problems, for more tension you just push the balls tighter to the spool, no pun intended
     
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    feeder I gaff sardines....

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    There is one called Bees Knees that I use for spooling braid. The tension can be adjusted to use mono as well. I just finished building a homemade line winder to go with it for fun. You can see the process here along with a video of it in action if you are interested:

    http://shinyinsanity.com/homemade-line-winder-preservative-free/
     
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    feeder I gaff sardines....

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    Video of spooler and winder.
     
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