10 Best Fishing Line Spoolers + Buying Guide

Updated on May 12, 2022 by

This article explains all of the criteria you should consider when looking at fishing line spoolers including the best options that are available on the market.

I remember one fishing trip towards the end of the season when I hooked a large fish and it took off. After only a few seconds I noticed that I was really running out of line on my spool. There is only one reason for this – it is a pain to re-spool your line without a dedicated line spooling tool. The next day I sorted out the best line spooler that I could find – this became an essential tool in my angling toolkit.

A line spooling tool makes replacing your fishing line significantly easier and is a must for an angler who is looking to change out their line on a regular basis.

I have put together a list of the top fishing line spoolers available on the market and an overview of the very best ones. I have also put together a guide on what to look for when making your selection. There are a number of different designs available – manual vs electric. There are also spoolers that are mounted onto a table or ones that are mounted onto your rod. 

All of this information is based on my own personal first-hand lessons with these fishing line spoolers and my insights from over a decade of angling experience.

Quick Summary – Best Fishing Line Spooler

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Fishcm Fishing Line Winder Spooler Machine Spinning Reel Spool Spooling Adjustable for Varying Spool...
Piscifun Fishing Line Winder Spooler Machine Spinning Reel Spool Spooling Station System Automatic...
Quick Fishing Line Winder Spooler: Speedy Kousoku Recycler ver 2.0, Handle Type Fast Spooler
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Large Spools Suitable for Offshore Reels
Portable with Adjustable Tension Control
Can hold multiple spools
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Fishcm Fishing Line Winder Spooler Machine Spinning Reel Spool Spooling Adjustable for Varying Spool...
Features
Large Spools Suitable for Offshore Reels
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Piscifun Fishing Line Winder Spooler Machine Spinning Reel Spool Spooling Station System Automatic...
Features
Portable with Adjustable Tension Control
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Quick Fishing Line Winder Spooler: Speedy Kousoku Recycler ver 2.0, Handle Type Fast Spooler
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Can hold multiple spools
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Fishing Line Spooler Buyer’s Guide

There are so many different styles and designs for line spoolers. Some spool line off your reel and some spool line onto your reel. Some are electric while others are manual. Some require a table to mount while others are mounted directly onto your rod.

Take some time to think about your personal circumstances:

  • Where are you most likely to use your line spooler?
  • Will you use it after the fishing trip in the comfort of your workshop or are you more likely to use it while at the river bank after a bad line break?
  • Are you likely to change your line several times per season as you switch from freshwater to saltwater or will you did it only every few years as you run out of length?
Piscifun Fishing Line Spooler Being Used by Russ

Powered or Manual

There are some electric spoolers available that can make spooling a reel much more quickly. But it also limits the locations that you can use them as you need power access. If you are spooling a lot of lines from your workshop then electric might be the best option for you.

But if you are expecting to re-spool your lines on the boat or on the lake then electric might not work out. 

Most line spoolers are manual and require you to wind your reel to take the line off the spare spool. This is not as painful as it sounds – just imagine winding in a very slow fish – you can always have a break if you are adding a lot of length.

Manual line spoolers are also much cheaper, some simple ones even going for under $10.

Mounting

Line spoolers can be mounted on anything from a table to a boat wall, onto your fishing rod, or have the reel mount onto the spooling device itself.

Selecting the mount is based on the location you are going to use it. Personally, I like spoolers that mount onto your rod, because it is the simplest option and you don’t have to disassemble your reel from your rod.

Volume

The frequency and amount of line that you want to spool onto your rod will impact which model you select. If you have a large ocean rod that can fit hundreds or even a thousand yards, then you will need a line spooler that can handle a large spool so that you don’t need to add a weak knot in the middle of your reel’s spool.

It also depends on how many different spools you want to add. Some line spoolers allow you to fit 5 or more small spools onto it, so as you switch from reel to reel you don’t need to change the spool.

Tension

The last thing to consider is the tension. If you don’t have enough tension on your line when spooling it then it won’t sit properly – this means that you can’t fit as much line onto your fishing reel as you should be able to. It also means that the line won’t flow off the spool easily when casting.

This is also true of line that is spooled with too much tension.

10 Best Fishing Line Spoolers

Let’s have a look at the top 10 line spoolers in the market at the moment:

1. Piscifun Fishing Line Spooler Machine

Overall Score – 5/5 ⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐

Piscifun Line Spooling Machine

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  • Universal Fishing Line Spooler
  • Adjustable Tension
  • Suitable for Spinning and Baitcasters
  • Disassemble for Storage

My Impressions

The most popular option is the Piscifun spooling machine. This is effectively a short, high-strength graphite frame with an adjustable spool assembly. Just attach your baitcaster or spinning reel to the reel seat and you are ready.

A feature that some of the cheaper options have is the adjustable tension using a screw knob. This means you can use different width spools and using the top screw cap you can keep the frame parallel to the rotor.

This is extremely portable and can be disassembled so you can store it in your boat or tackle bag so you can change spools on the water if you need to.

Pros

  • Portable, Universal fishing line spooler
  • Adjustable for different width spools
  • Adjustable tension knob
  • Can be disassembled for easy access
  • Suitable for spinning reels and baitcasters

Cons

  • Does not fit 1000 yard spools
  • Does not have a line counter

2. Fishcm Fishing Line Winding Spooler

Overall Score – 4/5 ⭐⭐⭐⭐

Fishcm Fishing Line Spooler

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  • Mount to your existing rod
  • Easy to Store and Transport
  • Fits Large Size Spools
  • Suitable for Spinning and Baitcasters

My Impressions

The Fishcm fishing line spooler is a great entry to the world of line spoolers. It is mounted onto your existing fishing rod, so you can use it at the river bank or on the boat. The mount can be a bit flimsy so make sure you have attached it properly.

You can fit a large spool so it is suitable for larger offshore reels. It is able to be used for spinning and baitcasting reels.

This tool is also very lightweight and does not add much volume to your fishing gear collection. It is also very small in size and can be stored in your boat for easy access.

Pros

  • Easy to install and use
  • Fixed position to enable fast winding
  • Suitable for spinning and baitcasting reels

Cons

  • Must be attached solidly to allow fast winding

3. ​Sportsman Innovations Fishon Spooler Pro

Overall Score – 4/5 ⭐⭐⭐⭐

My Impressions

The other option for a line spooler is electric. The benefits for this is how fast it works. If you are respooling lines frequently then your wrist will thank you for picking an automatic option.

The problem is that you need a power source, so you won’t want to store this on your boat or at the river bank. The Sportsman Innovations spooler pro can strip a line in under 1 minute.

This spooler can also hold either a very large spool or many smaller spools to give you plenty of flexibility.

Pros

  • Electric for easy spooling
  • Strips a spool in 1 minute

Cons

  • Cannot be used without power

4. Quick Fishing Line Winder Spooler

Overall Score – 4/5 ⭐⭐⭐⭐

Quick Fishing Line Spooler

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  • Mount to a Table
  • Extremely Fast Spooling
  • Compact for Easy Storage
  • C Clamp Design

My Impressions

This Japanese made spooler is brilliant. It has a C clamp to be mounted onto a table (or even the side of a boat depending on your design). The ball bearing design and gear ratio lets you spool the line extremely quickly.

It can also hold multiple spools if you want to switch from one to another at any time.

This is one of the better line spoolers that I have seen on the market but is also at a higher price range. It is certainly one to check out.

Pros

  • Can hold multiple line spools
  • Ball bearings for fast winding

Cons

  • Needs to be mounted on a table

5. THKFish Fishing Line Winder

Overall Score – 3/5 ⭐⭐⭐

My Impressions

An affordable and simple option is the THKFish Fishing Line Winder. It is effectively a clamp with an adjustable spool holder on the end. Just attach it to your workbench, put on a spool, and start winding.

The clamp needs to be attached to a flat surface – this could be a workbench, table, or tailgate – check if your boat has a suitable surface otherwise you might not be able to use it on the water.

The tension is controlled via double headed fastening springs on each side of the spool, which works well even with large spools.

Pros

  • Extremely affordable
  • Comes with a cloth bag for storage
  • Simple and easy to use
  • Anti-slip clamp

Cons

  • It needs to be attached to a bench – difficult to use on the water
  • Does not have a line counter

6. Plusinno Fishing Line Spooler

Overall Score – 3/5 ⭐⭐⭐

My Impressions

The Plusinno line spooler is a fairly simple bench attached clamp with an attached handle. It is made from aluminum and stainless steel so it is lightweight, corrosion resistant, and durable.

Just attach your reel to the reel seat and start spinning.

One of the advantages over other options is that you can use it to remove line from your reel as well. This helps to re-use your fishing line if you are switching strengths or types of line.

The tension is controlled using black cone washers that tightens the star wheel to the spool.

Pros

  • Allows you to remove line from your reel as well as put line onto your reel
  • Simple adjustable tension setting mechanism

Cons

  • No line counter
  • Requires a bench to clamp to for use – difficult to use on the water

7. Mostbest Fishing Line Spooler

Overall Score – 2/5 ⭐⭐

My Impressions

Similar to the Piscifun design is this fishing line spooler by MostBest. It is made from ABS plastic which is light and strong, so you won’t weigh down your fishing kayak.

The tension is adjustable using a knob and the position of the spool can be changed to suit your particular design of fishing reel.

One of the negatives is the quality of the manufacturing. It can be too flimsy when you are spooling a lot of line, particularly if you have large spools and heavy reels.

Pros

  • Simple to use
  • Affordable

Cons

  • Not manufactured to as high a quality as the other options

8. N/D Portable Fishing Line Spooler

Overall Score – 3/5 ⭐⭐⭐

My Impressions

At the extremely affordable end of the spectrum is the N/D portable fishing line spool. This is effectively a clamp that attaches to the end of your fishing rod, with a spring loaded spool holder. It doesn’t get any simpler than this.

The clamp is suitable for 4 different sizes of rod but you can also move the clamp up and down the taper to make it tight.

It is super lightweight and portable, but it cannot hold extremely large spools of fishing line. Tension is controlled using an inset spring.

Pros

  • Affordable
  • Lightweight
  • Portable
  • Spring loaded tension control

Cons

  • Not suitable for large spools

9. Penn Fishing Line Winder

Overall Score – 4/5 ⭐⭐⭐⭐

Bestseller No. 1

My Impressions

A different type of fishing line spooler is the Penn option. Made by one of the most well known manufacturers in the industry, Penn never dissapoints.

This is a heavy-duty steel spooler that is designed to hold large, bulk spools so is perfect for offshore trolling reels.

It folds away so can be stored easily and doesn’t take up a lot of room.

If you are a commercial saltwater charter fisherman then I would certainly suggest having a look at this line winder.

Pros

  • Made from heavy-duty steel
  • Suitable for large bulk spools even up to 3000 yards
  • Tension is controllable

Cons

  • More expensive than the other option

10. Goture Portable Fishing Line Winder

Overall Score – 3/5 ⭐⭐⭐

My Impressions

Finally on our list is the Goture Fishing Line Winder. It is another affordable option that is made up of a suction cup base and a fishing line spooler with spring loaded tension control.

While this may sound good, the suction cups are a disadvantage to the other clamp based options. The suction cups need a very solid surface, like tiles, to be able to hold against the tension of a fishing line pulling against it.

While it is lightweight and portable, unless you have a suitable surface on your boat then you may need to keep it at home.

Pros

  • Tension is controlled via springs
  • Portable
  • Lightweight
  • Affordable

Cons

  • You need a solid surface to attach the suction cups to
  • Not suitable for large spools

Conclusion

There are a few good fishing line spooler guides available elsewhere if you are looking for more information.

I would also be interested in hearing your experience or even if you have attempted a home made line spooler in the comments below.

Happy fishing!

Last update on 2022-05-12 / Affiliate links / Images from Amazon Product Advertising API


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Russ Egan

Russ is an avid fisherman. He has fished all over the world for more than two decades, primarily for saltwater game fish but also for local trophy fish. Russ writes reviews for all of his fishing gear to help others achieve their own fishing goals. His favorite reel is a Shimano Curado Baitcaster. His dream is to catch a Black Marlin.

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