The Following Tips are Offered by:
Ron Crandall of Ron's
Spinning Reel Line Spooler
When you spool line on a spinning reel yourself, (rather than having it spooled on by a line winder), you introduce twists in the line. Twists in the line cause birds nests. In the fishing magazines, books and on the web, there have been many suggestions for the best way to lay the spool, or how to clamp the bulk spool on the rod in order to eliminate the twists.
Here is a very simple way to duplicate what the tackle store does with their $1,000.00 line winder.
You will need two
When you mount your spool to the main shaft, it is just like putting it on the reel, and then it can be rotated by the drill. The line then goes on the spool WITHOUT TWISTS.
Now for the particulars
With this setup you can wind line on the spinning spool just the same as you would with a bait caster. It is important to do some radical crosses every 1/8" or so of line depth. (Radical crosses are one or two turns across the whole spool) This way if your drag is running the line won't bury itself and cause the spool to stop turning. If it does, this means "LOST FISH"
Lastly, when you are ready to respool pull off 150 yards of line and look at your spool to see about how much is left. What's left can be replaced with a backing material (old 20# to 50# dacron line works great), rather than with monofilament, because under most conditions if you have a fish out more than a hundred yards you've lost it anyway.
By the way, the drill can also be used to remove line from your spool. Simply put a dowel in the drill, attach your line and press start. Slow down and stop before you reach the knot on your spool or the drill will take line, spool, reel and all. Remember to properly recycle used line at your Berkley Line Recycler.
Check the archives for determining the correct line weight for your rod/reel combination.