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OK I change line quite a bit depending on what lake I'm fishing this weekend.  Some weeks I'll strip perfectly good fluoro and braid off of 5-10 reels.  The line is obviously still good so what I've been doing is a "reel to reel" transfer.  I have a couple of older reels in my garage that I'll transfer the line onto until I need it next time.  It works pretty good but is a major pain in my butt. 

Any ideas on an easier way to do this guys?

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Yep.

Get a power drill and an empty TP roll core or a paper towel core.  Slip the core over the drill chuck (you may have to use some tape to hold it if it doesn't fit snug depending on diameter of core/chuck). 

Tighten down the brakes if it is a casting reel you are stripping. 

Run the drill to strip the line off the reel and onto the core.  Use a separate core for each reel if you plan on re-using that line so it doesn't get tangled up.  Run the drill carefully and at a slow/medium pace to keep line flowing onto core smoothly since you'll be using it on another reel later.  You may have to guide it with your fingers acting as a "levelwind" onto the core.

If you aren't going to reuse the line doesn't matter how much you run onto one core or how many reels you do at once.   You can actually strip several reels at once if you are just disposing of the line. ;)

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If the line is still Good, why strip it off..?

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I see no point to putting that effort into striping off perfectly good line, I would just troll it out at the start of my next outing or the very last thing I do of my present outing.

If conditions dictate what set up I need I just take the appropriate one with me.

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OK I change line quite a bit depending on what lake I'm fishing this weekend. Some weeks I'll strip perfectly good fluoro and braid off of 5-10 reels. The line is obviously still good so what I've been doing is a "reel to reel" transfer. I have a couple of older reels in my garage that I'll transfer the line onto until I need it next time. It works pretty good but is a major pain in my butt.

Any ideas on an easier way to do this guys?

Why change out perfectly good line ? Are you a tournament fisherman ?

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Why "save" old line ? old line is old line, once it 's old it 's only good for filler.

Reversing the line ? what for ? what 's left is coiled up so badly and has so much memory that it 's like fishing with a spring, only braided line is good for reversing.

Line is the least expensive item in your arsenal so, why try to "save" ?

If you want to save just tie fresh line and leave the rest as backing.

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Why "save" old line ? old line is old line, once it 's old it 's only good for filler.

Reversing the line ? what for ? what 's left is coiled up so badly and has so much memory that it 's like fishing with a spring, only braided line is good for reversing.

Line is the least expensive item in your arsenal so, why try to "save" ?

If you want to save just tie fresh line and leave the rest as backing.

80 yards or so is all the fresh line you need to

replace. It's actually more than you really "need",

but I never like to feel the knot.

8-)   

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Bait Monkey says to just buy more setups and keep all sorts of line ready to go!!

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Bait Monkey says to just buy more setups and keep all sorts of line ready to go!!

Now that 's what a true BaitMonkey satified worshiper would say. ;D

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Bait Monkey says to just buy more setups and keep all sorts of line ready to go!!

Doh....now why you have to mention his name...see I told you doh....not to mention his name.......doooohhhhhhh

Now I gotta go buy something........DOOOOOOOHHHHHHHHHH

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OK I guess I should have been more specific.  I'm fishing a different tournament every weekend and the lakes are sometimes drastically different.  At times I may re-spool 75% of my setups.  i.e. I might fish crystal clear Table Rock Lake this weekend (need flouro) and Truman Lake (need braid) next weekend.

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OK I guess I should have been more specific. I'm fishing a different tournament every weekend and the lakes are sometimes drastically different. At times I may re-spool 75% of my setups. i.e. I might fish crystal clear Table Rock Lake this weekend (need flouro) and Truman Lake (need braid) next weekend.

That makes sense. Hot Rod's system will be perfect for that.

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My experience parallels that of Raul's.

The line will be hard to manage due to its memory while being stored on a small spool.

Use old line as filler and put no more than 100 yards of new line on your reel unless........

   you are fishing in an area with lots of structure that tears up your line and you have to constantly cut off the damaged line and retie.

In the above case you will need to fill your reels with fresh line if you are going to use a majority of it.

Learn to tie the uni knot. If you can't do that knot then tie the smallest granny knot possible to the backing line.

Let us know what you finally decide to do.  ;)

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just strip down what you want to change and leave the rest on the spool for filler.

Simple, i just use a small piece of tape to hold it.  i never tie the new line to the old either. don't want a knot laying in the spool. I just use another piece of tape to hold the new line long enough to get a couple of turns on the spool and you are good to go.

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When saving line I will spool on to an extra line spool or the original spool. I tie a knot and leave about a 5 inch section at the knot so I know the line has been used.

Use the below bolt washer setup in an electric drill. Note the end of the bolt has been filed to secure better in the chuck.

An advantage of spooling on to the line spool is the diameter is greater so line ends up be less have looser coils

LineSpoolBolt.jpg

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OK I guess I should have been more specific. I'm fishing a different tournament every weekend and the lakes are sometimes drastically different. At times I may re-spool 75% of my setups. i.e. I might fish crystal clear Table Rock Lake this weekend (need flouro) and Truman Lake (need braid) next weekend.

you could go all braid and tie on a leader of flouro when needed. or you could just leave some setups braid and the others with flouro. i wouldnt be going through the hassle of completely changing line every week though...

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