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Wednesday, December 26, 2007

• Review: The Spool Tool

Spool Tool
Kipper Enterprises Inc.

The Spool Tool is a device designed to respool line on your reel. It tightly screws onto a rod and there is also a shaft for the spool of line. The line tension can be adjusted with a conic nut and circular nut tightened up against the spool.

Let me tell you, this thing is a pain. Unless you plan on leaving it permanently attached to a spare rod, use something else to respool line. The nuts are difficult to tighten. The nuts and the threaded shafts are plastic. You hear squeak squeak squeak all the way down the shaft and then have to use pliers or a wrench to move them tight against the bracket holding the rod. It takes too much time to do all of that. That's why I say plan on using this tool on a spare rod you won't ever use, especially if you only use one type of line.

I use a few different types of line and have multiple spools as well as multiple reels. I'd hate to have to go through all those steps for each one. The bracket can also scratch up the rod where it makes contact. I'd be worried about creating a weak spot in the rod. I also worry about stripping the threads on the tool. I actually took a spinning rod that had broken off at the end and sawed it off shorter. That way, I have a reel seat and enough thicker rod for attaching the Spool Tool. I only have to remove the conic and circular nut to respool. That still takes a while to adjust.

Yep, this was a Christmas present.

People say similar things on the BPS item page. They also mention that it can't keep good tension on the spool. I haven't even spooled any line onto a reel yet, but I did try pulling line off of a spool to see how it worked. It looks like if the nuts are tight and pushing the spool against the cone, enough tension is there. The second page of reviews all seem to be positive. I disagree with every one of them. It won't cut the respool time in half. It may help, but it takes me no time at all to run line through the guides onto the spool, tie an arbor knot, set the spool down flat, and crank up all the line I need. I just keep tension with my fingers on the line. I also use the space out in a big yard to run out the distance I want, cut, tie it to a weight, and reel it in. Even that will probably take less time than using the Spool Tool. I suppose if I was stuck indoors with very limited room, this thing might come in handy.

Save your $5 for other things.

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