DIY Solo Line Winder

One of the more frustrating things in fishing to accomplish alone is winding new line onto a reel.  It is very difficult to maintain steady tension on the spool of line while trying to reel that new line onto the reel’s spool, especially when doing so by yourself.

I looked into some of the commercially-available solutions for this problem, then researched some DIY solutions.  Of course, I love to do it myself, and I found this particular entry on Instructables to be one of the more creative that had been published.  I especially liked the idea of being able to adjust the tension on the spool with a simple movement of a collar.

I made some modifications to the instructions found there, though.  Rather than wood for the holder and base, I chose to use PVC (of course!).  Additionally, I left the head on the long hex screw and actually remove the screw from the drilled and tapped hole in the upright to replace the spool of line being used. This allows me to only have to use a single shaft collar, saving a few bucks.  I also added an additional 6″ bolt that lets me store my spools of line when not in use.  I just have one, but you could theoretically add many of these depending on your needs.

I have not had the opportunity to actually use this setup yet, so I may update later with additional changes that I’ve needed to complete, but the theory of this is sound and should help with this daunting task.

2 thoughts on “DIY Solo Line Winder

  1. I was able to use this a few days ago to spool some 15lb fluorocarbon line onto a baitcasting reel. After a few adjustments for tension, it worked like a CHAMP! It spooled the line on smoothly and quickly!

  2. I use a long bolt or nail (something with a head on it who’s shaft will fit into the center hole of the new spool of line) , two large washers, a spring (I use the one off my weed wacker head), and my vise in the garage.

    Slip one washer on the nail/bolt, slide the spool of line onto the nail/bolt, slide the other washer on, and finally the spring. Slip the end small of the nail/bolt into the vise far enough to begin to compress the spring on top of the vise’s jaws, which in turn puts tension on the washer, which sandwiches the spool, and provides tension on the line. Tighten the vise up when you have enough resistance on your line. Nothing to store other than a long bolt/nail.

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