When spooling monofilament fishing line, it's important that the line goes on the spool in the correct direction. Otherwise the line will be prone to kinks and tangles, which cause problems when the line is cast. You can purchase line spooling equipment that will do the job best, but if you need to spool line in a pinch, you can make your own line spooler using nothing but a pencil and a cooperative helper.
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Examine the reel you want to fill to determine which direction the line goes on the reel. Fishing line has a pronounced curl from being on the storage spool. To avoid tangles, make sure the line will wrap around the reel spool in the same direction it is coming off the storage spool.
Thread a pencil through the hole in the centre of the spool of line.
Have another person hold the spool of line by gripping the pencil on both sides of the spool.
Tie the end of the line to the spool of the reel using an arbor knot. See the References section for how to tie this knot.
Wind a small amount of line onto the spool, then allow some slack in the line and see if the line forms tight curls and loops. If loops appear, flip the spool over before spooling the rest of the line.
Tips and warnings
- Baitcasting reels have spools that lie perpendicular to the rod, so it's easy to tell which way the line goes on.
- Spinning and spincasting reels have spools that lie parallel to the rod, and a wire bail that wraps the line around that can go either clockwise or counterclockwise.
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