January 17th, 2005
The Premiere OnLine Magazine for the Fly Fishing Enthusiast.
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Super Simple Fly Line Winder
By Richard A. Lewis
Line winders allow you to easily dry
your backing, clean your fly line, and
change fly lines easily from fly reels
and spools. Temporarily removing your
fly line and backing from your reel also
allows you to clean the fly line, spool
and arbor, which is essential to proper
maintenance of your reel. Reels used in
saltwater need to be cleaned after use
in order to prevent corrosive damage. Every
fly angler should have a fly line winder.
However, store-bought winders are usually
elaborate and expensive. I have designed the
"Super Simple Fly Line Winder" to be super
easy to construct, and super easy to use.
The total cost of ownership is less than
$10.00. Follow along as we build the "Super
Simple Fly line Winder" in about 15 minutes
1) Plastic Electrical Cord Reel.
Source-Home Improvement Store. Cost $7.95.
2) Standard - Sized Fun Noodle Foam
Pool Toy. Source-Toy Store/Pool Store. Cost
3) Non-Skid Waffle Pad (drawer liner).
Source-Home Improvement Store.
4) Craft Goop Adhesive.
1) Fillet Knife.
This plastic electrical cord reel is designed to hold a 50 foot
long electrical cord.
Choose any color standard sized round or hex shaped foam rod.
Insert the foam "Pool Noodle" rod into the holes in the reel
flange. The holes are sized to make for a snug fit and the
foam rod will stay in place nicely without any modification
or bonding. Twist and seat the foam rod.
Slice the foam noodle using a sharp fillet knife. The foam
cuts like butter-so please be careful.
Continue installing the foam pool noodles
through all five sets of (5) holes. Trim
the ends of the foam rods close enough to
the outside of the flange to insure that
the reel clears the winder frame and spins
freely. I usually rough cut the foam rods
a bit long and then trim them nearly flush
once I have them all inserted and seated
Measure and cut two (2) each, ¾ inch wide strips
of non-skid waffle sheet (drawer liner) to length.
Now spread a little Goop along the frame bottom
and then smooth down the non-skid material. This
Using a line winder:
Tape your leader to the inside flange of
the winder near one of the foam rungs.
Wind on your line from your fly reel. The
"Super Simple Fly Line Winder" takes up
line at the amazing rate of 29 inches per
revolution. You can now quickly remove a fly
line and the backing from your fly reel in
just a minute's time. The large, open area
design of this winder's large arbor allows
air to freely circulate and dry your line
and backing fast. To clean your line, simply
wind your line onto the "Super Simple Fly Line
Winder" through a damp rag and then wind it
back onto your fly reel through a dry rag or
towel. You can also use the line winder to
apply a line dressing.
Note to Saltwater Anglers: Once the
line is transferred to the "Super Simple Fly
Line Winder," your line can then be rinsed-off
with fresh water and allowed to dry before
re-winding it onto your reel.
You can make three of four "Super Simple Fly
Line Winders" for the price of one store-bought
winder and have them all available to store and
service various fly lines. The "Super Simple
Fly Line Winder" will not retain moisture nor
will it ever corrode. The entire unit weights
about a pound and is very rugged. Toss one in
the trunk of the fishing vehicle or on your boat
and take it with you to enable fast line changes
in the field. I hope you enjoy using the "Super
Simple Fly Line Winder". ~ Rich Lewis
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