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Recently bought the new version Berkeley Spooling Station - great concept , terrible implementation (The older version no longer sold was better) ... Who makes a good quality  line spooling station for bait cast and spinning reels that actually works  ?

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I use this, Plano line storage box. Run line through the rubber gromet and spool up. 

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A pencil, run through the spool of line, clamped in my toes. Never have to look to hard to find it.

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28 minutes ago, .ghoti. said:

A pencil, run through the spool of line, clamped in my toes. Never have to look to hard to find it.

 

I agree.

 

Pencil, screwdriver, chopstick. Or throw the spool in a shoe box keep tension with your fingers. 

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I built one using scrap wood I had laying around. 8" wide X 48" tall 3/4" plywood, some scrap 2" X 4" for the stand/base. I drilled 6 holes centered in a vertical line about 6" apart. I inserted 6" threaded bolts. I put a rubber washer on first, then the line spool, another rubber washer, then a wing nut. The rubber washers let me adjust the spool tension with the wing nut. With this set up I can have 6 different spools  that stay attached. The 6" bolts let me use bulk line spools. Turn it sideways for baitcasters, facing you for spinning reels.

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This is my very high tech version. It's risky though as I didn't dispose of the TW box and the evidence may be found by the wife ;)

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6 hours ago, ChrisD46 said:

Recently bought the new version Berkeley Spooling Station - great concept , terrible implementation (The older version no longer sold was better) ... Who makes a good quality  line spooling station for bait cast and spinning reels that actually works  ?

Cabela's has it minus the line stripper......http://www.cabelas.com/catalog/product.jsp?productId=1729189&categoryId=0&parentCategoryId=0&subCategoryId=0&indexId=0&itemGUID=54df0b88ac1084535c59a0f40fed723b

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Made mine out of a 2' chunk of 1x2 and a carriage bolt then went to hard ware and grabbed a spring for tension.  I have a whole $1.23 in to it and to be honest I think it does a better job due to the reel is on the rod and I can crank down on the tension to really keep the line tight.

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10 hours ago, 1201vilbig said:

I built one using scrap wood I had laying around. 8" wide X 48" tall 3/4" plywood, some scrap 2" X 4" for the stand/base. I drilled 6 holes centered in a vertical line about 6" apart. I inserted 6" threaded bolts. I put a rubber washer on first, then the line spool, another rubber washer, then a wing nut. The rubber washers let me adjust the spool tension with the wing nut. With this set up I can have 6 different spools  that stay attached. The 6" bolts let me use bulk line spools. Turn it sideways for baitcasters, facing you for spinning reels.

 

That sounds like a good idea. Pic?

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11 hours ago, 1201vilbig said:

I built one using scrap wood I had laying around. 8" wide X 48" tall 3/4" plywood, some scrap 2" X 4" for the stand/base. I drilled 6 holes centered in a vertical line about 6" apart. I inserted 6" threaded bolts. I put a rubber washer on first, then the line spool, another rubber washer, then a wing nut. The rubber washers let me adjust the spool tension with the wing nut. With this set up I can have 6 different spools  that stay attached. The 6" bolts let me use bulk line spools. Turn it sideways for baitcasters, facing you for spinning reels.

 

This is the same concept I do. A couple of bucks, a little bit of time, and you end up with something that is solid and easily stored (if your wife is like mine and feels like your fishing stuff is taking up too much room in the house). 

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A long time ago - mid 80's, I worked for a guy who tried to start an upscale, boutique type, hunting, fishing, outdoor gear store in Columbia, MO.  The store folded after less than a year - not a broad enough customer base - actually there were many reasons why the store didn't succeed.  However, we did have an electric line spooling station that handled all spool sizes, that was a gift from the Berkley line rep.  That was a great toy and I wish I had another one like it.   It made QUICK easy work of taking line off and installing new line, once you learned how to use it.  I'd like to have one.

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I use a pole barn nail through the spool and clamped in my bench vise. It's worked for decades, never wears out and cheap.

 

Tom

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12 hours ago, Maico1 said:

 

ChrisD46- You'll never have to worry about or buy another with this spooling station. I've been using this model for a while (1980's). Cabelas price of $14.99 isn't as inexpensive as some of the examples mentioned above, but it will provide you years of reliable, consistent service. BTW, on FishUSA, the new Berkeley spool station model was $25.99.

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19 hours ago, camo said:

 

I agree.

 

Pencil, screwdriver, chopstick. Or throw the spool in a shoe box keep tension with your fingers. 

I throw away the shoe box and put the spool in a shoe. Seriously...

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If you're looking for the simplest approach to spooling,

just toss the supply spool into a small plastic waste basket.

While you're applying the line tension you desire,

the spool will roll around in the basket, but cannot get out.

 

Roger

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  The older style Berkley spooling station is on sale at Cabelas for about fifteen dollars.  Have been using mine for over twenty years.

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I have this cheap device I bought at Walmart. Works better than the pencil and toes but not as good as the spooling station. For the price,under $5, it can't be beat.

 

 

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On 6/8/2017 at 1:02 PM, RoLo said:

 

If you're looking for the simplest approach to spooling,

just toss the supply spool into a small plastic waste basket.

While you're applying the line tension you desire,

the spool will roll around in the basket, but cannot get out.

 

Roger

Similar to what I do...but without the waste basket.

 

Toss the spool on the floor, apply line tension by grabbing the line about 10" up the rod with a leather glove and reel away.

 

If my kid is around, I have her hold the spool.

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12 minutes ago, Further North said:

Similar to what I do...but without the waste basket.

 

Toss the spool on the floor, apply line tension by grabbing the line about 10" up the rod with a leather glove and reel away.

 

If my kid is around, I have her hold the spool.

 

In the beginning, I just laid a board on the floor to confine the spool's travel,

but when it hopped the board, I tossed it in a waste basket...problem solved   :D

 

Roger

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Save the money and get some pencils and chopsticks. No need to purchase a spooling station. 

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http://www.cabelas.com/product/Ultimate-Line-Winding-System/1432827.uts?productVariantId=3350338&WT.tsrc=PPC&WT.mc_id=GoogleProductAds&WT.z_mc_id1=03592664&rid=20&gclid=CKacoPiywNQCFdhWDQodnkwBeA&gclsrc=aw.ds#tabsCollection

 

This is what I use. I got mine from somewhere else for significantly cheaper but they are all basically the same thing just sold under different brand names. Its worked great for me.

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I use the American Premier line winder. Never had a problem with it

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On ‎6‎/‎8‎/‎2017 at 1:02 PM, RoLo said:

 

If you're looking for the simplest approach to spooling,

just toss the supply spool into a small plastic waste basket.

While you're applying the line tension you desire,

the spool will roll around in the basket, but cannot get out.

 

Roger

 

How do you keep the line from twisting if the spool is flopping around in a wastebasket?

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