Use a drill to peel

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It’s good to have an efficient way to remove line as well. There are several tools out there now designed specifically for peeling line off of reels. Reason being, it is a time-consuming and messy process when done by hand, especially when re-spooling several reels at one time.

I’ve had a few of these tools over the years and they worked great. But for this piece I decided to try a DIY project I’ve talked about testing out for years and I’m pleased to report it worked extremely well.

Taking a power drill, an old line spool, a bolt, a few washers and a nut, I built an extremely effective line-removing tool that burned the line off my reels just as fast as I could have possibly wanted it to. It’s important to make sure the bolt stays right in the center of the spool to keep it from wobbling. I actually had a couple rubber washers to use which helped with this, keeping the metal bolt head and metal washer from slipping against the plastic of the spool. If you don’t have the rubber washers though, you can crank down on the nut and tighten it up enough to keep the spool from slipping, but you just want to do it carefully to avoid busting the spool.

Once you get this little tool going though, you’ll have all your line peeled off in no time and no tangled up messy ball of old line to deal with. Then simply take the bolt out and toss the spool with the old line, or just put the drill over the trash can and reverse the direction of the drill to unspool the line into the trash and you’re ready to peel off the next reel.

Saving time and money are two of the biggest challenges when it comes to fishing. Making sure you’re getting the longest life you can out of your braided line is a big deal on the financial front. Splitting a spool evenly ensures you won’t waste money as well by ending up half a spool shy of a full reel. And speeding up the process of peeling line off reels helps save you some time. Adding power tools to anything makes it much less boring of a task as well, so that doesn’t hurt either. Hopefully these three tips will save you some time and money the next time you need to re-spool.