It is often pondered whether, as an angler, you should buy a pre-wound spool from your tackle shop or perhaps have a crack at it yourself with a filler spool. One thing is for sure, always make your purchase from a professional. With a professionally wound spool you are less likely to experience line twist, tension problems and inaccurate line length claims.
If you elect to go the filler spool route you can generally expect a line length of 125 – 300, largely dependent on the line diameter. This also means that it is likely that you will have either an unusable excess of line or a shortfall which can lead to poor performance.
Eventually you will be in a situation when you will need to go it alone and spool your own line. When time eventually comes round to you the following should help you along the way..
Twisted line is incredibly frustrating. It is something that is less likely when line is professionally spooled due to fact that it is reeled off a bulk reel then wound onto a new spool in exactly the same way so there is little chance of any twisting. Re spooling yourself, however, sometimes requires you to remove the line from the spool in a loop, the result is risk of line twist. Thread a pencil or similarly shaped item through the spool ends will go some way to helping reduce the risk of line twist. Having a second pair of hands will greatly assist you in this process. If, however, you are have to perform this task alone then you can fashion a spool holder using a pencil and tin can or similar vessel. All that is necessary is to bore some holes into the side of your chosen can or vessel thread a pencil then place the line spool into the can. This will facilitate free rotation of the spool.
Tension of your line:
When line is spooled professionally line tension is not a concern of yours as it is taken care of. Having poorly tensioned line can cause all sorts of problems when fishing so it should be avoided at all costs. When spooling line yourself you can apply tension by running the line through a thick heavy book such as a telephone directory and pile a few books on top of that. This will provide the required tension when spooling line yourself, thus avoiding potential problems when fishing.
Finally, consider the length of line that your reel will require. Good reel manufacturers will provide you with this information. As a rule of thumb it is better to buy too much rather than too little. Your casting will be much more efficient if your spool is full. If your spool is not loaded correctly, irrespective of your reel type, you will, most likely, get problems when retrieving your line.
Use professionally wound spools when you can but if you find that you have to go it alone, this article should help you keep the experience as pain-less as possible.