How to Build Your Own Fishing Line Winder

How to Build Your Own Fishing Line Winder
Changing fishing line is part of the routine maintenance required of an angler. Fishing line should be changed periodically due to damage or even normal wear and tear. When changing a line it is important to have some degree of tension on the line so that it winds onto the spool of the reel neatly and lies flat. A line winder can be an enormous help when changing line on your reel. Although line winders are available for purchase, you can also make one at home.


Difficulty: Moderately Easy

Things You’ll Need:
  • 2-foot square piece of plywood
  • Drill with bit
  • 1-foot length of 2x4
  • 2 wood screws
  • 3-inch bolt
  • 4 washers
  • 1 nut
  • 1 spring
  • 1 wing nut
  • Screwdriver
  • Wrench or pliers
  • Fishing line filler spool
Step 1
Locate the center point on a 2-foot square piece of plywood. Drill two holes that are 1 inch apart in the center of the plywood. One hole should be 1/2 inch to the left of the center point and the other hole should be 1/2 inch to the right of the center point. Use a drill with a bit that is slightly larger than the wood screws you will be using.
Step 2
Place the 1-foot length of 2x4 in the center of the plywood, standing on one end. Insert two wood screws through the bottom of the plywood and into the end of the 2x4. Secure the screws to the 2x4 with a screwdriver. This will form a base and upright support for the line winder.
Step 3
Turn the base upright so that the wide side of the 2x4 is facing you. Locate a center point that is about three inches down from the top of the 2. Drill a hole through the 2x4 at the location you select with a drill and bit. The bit should be slightly larger than the bolt you will be inserting through the 2x4.
Step 4
Place a washer onto a bolt and slide it down down to the head. Insert the bolt through the hole drilled in the 2x4. Place a washer onto the bolt followed by a nut. Tighten the nut with a wrench or pliers.
Step 5
Place the filler spool of fishing line onto the bolt. Slide a washer onto the bolt and down against the spool. Place a spring onto the bolt followed by a washer and wing nut. Tighten or loosen the wing nut to adjust the amount of tension on the spool.

Article Written By Keith Dooley

Keith Dooley has a degree in outdoor education and sports management. He has worked as an assistant athletic director, head coach and assistant coach in various sports including football, softball and golf. Dooley has worked for various websites in the past, contributing instructional articles on a wide variety of topics.

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