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Monday, June 16, 2008

• Spooling Tip

This little tip can be used for two purposes while spooling line onto a baitcaster. It's a line threader using your own spare fishing line. I'm sure you have some sitting around, right?

The first, and the most common reason to use this loop is while filling a reel. At some point, you'll need to pull line across the levelwind through the line guide on the reel and below the spool so that you can grab it. The second is for when you've taken up all the line onto the reel either by accident or on purpose. Some leave line on reels when storing them in reel cases. Sometimes I do that when swapping a reel onto another rod, but plan on keeping the same line. Feeding the free end of line across the levelwind/line guide is no easy task. A couple of companies make tools that do this, but why waste your money? Some spare line with a loop at the end will do the exact same thing.

There are two ways to make your own version.

1. The first is quite simple. Take some spare line, fold it, and run it through the line guide. Run the line you're trying to grab through the loop you've made and pull it back through the line guide. Easy, right?

2. If you want to get a little more spectacular, take some spare line and cut a section in whatever length you prefer. If you plan on using it frequently, maybe a longer section would be easier to find mixed in with other things.

Make sure to have a little extra at one end as you're going to be forming a loop and might cut a little bit off.

Take one end and double it making a loop and tie an overhand knot with the doubled line. The loop does not have to be very large. A loop one to two centimeters long will do just fine. Pull the knot tight. You can clip the short free end hanging off the knot at this point or you can tie an additional overhand knot to keep the original loop from slipping. Otherwise that's it. You're done.

Now whenever you need to draw line through the levelwind in either direction, just run this tool through the eye of the levelwind and run the free end of line coming off the spool through the loop by a few inches. Then pull it back through across the levelwind. I still can't get over the idea that someone made tools for this purpose when all you need is some spare line. Save your money friends. A product called the Line Threader costs $2.99. Ha! No thanks. If you want to see how I tie this loop knot, read my post about my knots. I have illustrations there for you.

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