Conventional Fishing Reels
If you’re like me, you probably end up respooling most of your conventional fishing reels at home by yourself. You really want to put some pressure on the fishing line when you are spooling up so the line goes on the reel tight, and that can be tough without an extra hand.
To help spool my reels when I’m alone, I installed a fixed rod holder in my workroom to hold the rod and reel and that I’m spooling up. I place a wooden dowel in a vise to hold the spool of line.
To apply tension to the line, I put a cotton glove on my left hand. This will let me take hold of the line without getting any line burn.
Take the line and pass it over and under multiple fingers in front of the reel.
Now close your hand down like you’re making a fist to increase the tension to the proper amount. You’ll also use this hand to spread the line evenly back and forth across the spool as you load up the line.