Ok folks. For my very first post, I am going to share something very simple that made my life a LOT easier and quicker with very little investment. My home-engineered fishing reel line tensionsing thingy- an easier way to string your fishing rod.
For you anglers out there…what’s the worst thing about getting a new reel or re-stringing for the upcoming season?
If you are anything like me, it’s getting the darned string nice and tight on the reel, right? For the longest time, I (the Hippy also) spent hours with a couple ounces of sinkers on the end and casting out across the yard and reeling the whole spool back in. How many “Hell yeahs” do I have? Add to that, multiple rods, either your own and/or those of your spouse/children and you have a recipe for wasting an entire day. Not to mention the frustration if, heaven forbid, one or more of those bird nests on you!
Well, here you go. You will need:
1) A metal pipe no bigger around than the hole thru an average string spool and say a foot or two long. I believe mine is ½” diameter and a little over a foot long.
2) 2 pipe collar clamps sized to your pipe and available at hardware stores or online.
3) Whatever tool that is necessary to loosen/tighten your clamps.
4) A roll of tape. I like standard electrical for the ease of use.
5) A hammer.
6) All your reels (mounted or not) and your string.
7) A significantly shorter amount of time than you would normally need.
We’ll start by installing one of your clamps on your pipe an appropriate distance from one end so that a spool of line can be added and also still have room for your second clamp. Next, test fit your spool onto the pipe to see how loose it is. This is where the tape comes in. Wrap the pipe with tape, roughly centered where the spool will sit, until the spool fits slightly tight. At this point, install your second clamp to the pipe and pinch the spool as tightly as you feel necessary for good tension while tightening said clamp.
Now for the hard part…
Go drive that sucker into the ground a bit with your hammer, hook the end of the line to your reel, spend a few minutes reeling and then go enjoy actually fishing!
For the sake of clarifying a few things in more detail:
Not all of your spools will always have the same size hole in them so that’s why I like to add the tape because it is easily adjustable and crazy cheap. You will also need to fiddle with tightness and tension a little to get the perfect wind initially but once figured out, it’s very easy to re-create for future uses. As with anything, first time out will have a learning curve involved.
I hope my little Redneck device helps you spend more time out there doing the fun part and less time wasted just setting up. I hope you agree that this fishing reel line tensioning thingy is an easier way to string your fishing rod.
Please let me know and thanx for reading!