Fishing Reel Spooling

Fishing Station’s experienced staff cover all varieties of fishing; game, estuary, beach, rock, freshwater, fly and blue water. Our staff are well versed in matching a particular line type to your fishing situation. Below, we have covered much of the ins and outs of fishing line. 

We have invested heavily in our industry-leading spooling equipment

Our staff can spool almost any line of your choosing onto your new or existing reel using our on-site hydraulic PSI line tensioner and precision line winder. 

The use of professional spooling equipment is highly recommended not least for saving you time, but to prevent against kinks, knots and any imperfections. Hydraulic equipment spools the reel under the correct tension which maximises line capacity and avoids the line biting into the spool causing bust-offs. Furthermore, the machine will count the length of line being spooled so you know exactly how much line has been spooled.

We also have an extensive range of bulk spools – bulk monofilament and braided lines. This is the most cost effective way to spool your reel as you only pay for the length of line your reel requires. 

Your reel and fishing line can be a significant investment. Proper advice and application is crucial for the best performance, without leading to failure at critical moments. With so many types of line available in the market, it is now more important than ever to seek the services of a professional in helping you choose the most appropriate line combination for your reel, rod and fishing adventures.

Options

  • New Reels: We offer custom line spooling options with new reels purchased – browse the Fishing Reel category
  • Bring your existing reel: We can discuss your line and spooling options in-store. Visit our Where to Find Us page for our location.

Pricing

Spooling starts from as little as $5 excluding line costs. Our team will provide a quote before work is undertaken and requirements are understood.

Main Line Selection – Types of Line

The large selection of line available today has created specialties for different types of fishing.
No one type of fishing line will do it all. All lines have characteristics to suit particular styles of fishing.

Monofilament

Becoming prevalent in Australia from the 1950s, these lines were, and still are cheap to produce and have remained popular for certain types of fishing (game, rock & beach, and some bait fishing). Made of a single fibre of plastic or nylon, mono lines remain extremely popular in the market.

STRENGTHS

  • Excellent abrasion resistance – suited to harsh environments such as rocks, coastal edges, oyster estuaries and freshwater granite gorges.
  • Ability to stretch – or “give” can be important to keep the hook in the fish.
  • High knot strength and easy to use
  • Relatively cheap

WEAKNESSES

  • Memory problems
  • Ability to stretch – in deep water it can be hard to feel bites
  • Damage or deterioration from UV rays
  • The best way to combat these problems is to change your mono line regularly or at any sign of wear.

Recommended Usage:

  • Backing – bulk or filler of a reel. Mono line is frequently used for backing purposes to fill out the spool length of a reel, saving money on more expensive braided line.
  • Beach, game and bait fishing scenarios
  • Harsh environments such as rock, coastal and oyster fishing
  • Jumping fish such as marlin, mahi mahi and sailfish

Braid (GSP / PE Line)

This newer more advanced type of line was developed by the Dutch, and quickly perfected by the Japanese and US in the 1980s and 1990s. A braided line consists of braiding or weaving fibres into the strand of a line. These “wonder lines” have spurred recent innovation, resulting in the specific and high quality fishing gear that is used today.

STRENGTHS

  • High knot strength
  • Lack of stretch – useful in situations where precise, immediate and sensitive movements are required. Very beneficial for fish with a sensitive bite and in deep water applications. 
  • Much smaller diameter compared to mono lines – often around ⅓ diameter of mono line. This can allow for a larger length of line to fit on a spool, and can provide less resistance to sea currents.
  • Floats – suitable for surface fishing
  • Not susceptible to UV rays
  • Does not absorb water

WEAKNESSES

  • Lack of stretch – hard hitting fish can cause the line to break or the hook to come out of the mouth.
  • Poor abrasions resistance
  • Highly visible in water – highly visible to fish. This can be overcome by using a monofilament or fluorocarbon leader to reduce line visibility at the tip.

Recommended Usage:

  • Deep water fishing and jigging (yellowtail, kingfish)
  • Targeting fish with a gentle bite
  • Ultra light tackle lure fishing (bream, whiting, bass or flathead)
  • Soft plastic fishing (snapper, mulloway etc.)
  • Bait casting reels used in trolling
  • Heavy tackle surface luring (giant trevally, big blue water sport and game fish)

Dacron

Commonly used as a backing line, Dacron line is a braided line made from polyester fibre. It is thicker and takes up more space on the reel compared to other types of braid line.

STRENGTHS

  • Durability
  • Abrasion resistant
  • Low stretch

WEAKNESSES

  • High maintenance
  • Difficult to spot abrasions
  • Absorbs water – needs to be cleaned and dried to avoid rot during storage

Recommended Usage:

  • Used primarily for game fishing and fly fishing as a backing line

Fluorocarbon

Fluorocarbon is a single strand collection of compound material (fluorine, chlorine, carbon and synthetics) that is gaining popularity as a mainline. It is inherently similar to mono line though has different usages due to its properties.

STRENGTHS

  • Refractive index – similar to water. Material is close to invisible when immersed in water.
  • Density – less slack in the line
  • Abrasion resistant
  • Naturally sinks
  • Sensitivity
  • Does not absorb water

WEAKNESSES

  • Knot slippage
  • Less line memory can cause problems when casting on spinning reels

Recommended Usage:

  • Ultra light casting in clear water situations
  • Sub-surface lures or baits due to its sinking properties

Situation Specific Main Lines

Fishing Station also caters for many situation specific main line types. We have expert staff available to assist in these areas.

Recommended Usage:

  • Lead copper lines
  • Fly fishing lines

Leader / Trace Selection – Types of Leader

Mono Leader

As explained above, monofilament line is made of nylon, and is still one of the most commonly used leader types, primarily due to its low cost.

STRENGTHS

  • Cost effective
  • Stretch
  • Abrasion resistance

WEAKNESSES

  • Not as abrasion resistant as fluorocarbon
  • Damage or deterioration from UV rays

Recommended Usage:

  • Bait fishing (surf, reef, boat)
  • Deep water jigging
  • Trolling

Fluorocarbon

Fluorocarbon is commonly used as a leader material, primarily due to its near invisible state under water. Anglers can use braid or mono as their main line, and use a fluorocarbon leader to not spook line-wary fish.

STRENGTHS

  • Near invisible under water
  • Abrasion resistant
  • Naturally sinks
  • Sensitivity
  • Does not absorb water

WEAKNESSES

  • Knot slippage
  • Stiff material
  • Expensive

Recommended Usage:

  • Ultra light casting in clear water situations
  • Sub-surface lures or baits due to its sinking properties
  • Premium leader for all fishing applications

Single Strand Wire

The use of a heavy, abrasion resistant leader is important when fishing in hostile environments, or when hunting fish with sharp teeth. Made of thin stainless steel, single strand wire is light but very strong and ideal to secure your lure.

STRENGTHS

  • Resists corrosion – can be used more than once or stored on the boat for weeks at a time
  • Cost effective

WEAKNESSES

  • Prone to wire kinks due to single strand
  • Visible in the water – many anglers use a very short trace (<10cm).

Recommended Usage:

  • Most commonly used by anglers chasing mid-sized fish with razor teeth such as mackerel, barracuda and sharks.
  • Also used for smaller fish with teeth such as tailor and flathead.

Multi Strand Wire

Multi strand wire is constructed using multiple wire strands, combining to make almost a cable-like wire. It adds considerable strength to the rig and makes it almost impossible for large teethy fish to cut the line.

STRENGTHS

  • Resists kinks
  • Very flexible
  • Extremely strong

WEAKNESSES

  • Can be very thick
  • Very visible in the water

Recommended Usage:

  • Used for large, teethy species such as shark fishing and trolling lures.

Service Enquiry

Australia-Wide Servicing by Courier

We welcome equipment for servicing and repairs from all over Australia.

No equipment will be serviced without prior authorisation

Packaging your item - please be mindful that any damage incurred during logistics is at your own risk.

Reels: use adequate protection to prevent the reel from moving during transit. We recommend either bubble wrap, plenty of newspaper, foam packaging etc and a sturdy cardboard box.

Rods: if the rod is more than 1pc, take apart. Place cardboard over all guides and tips. Place the rod inside a length of PVC pipe or strong cylindrical cardboard packaging. Note: most couriers have length limits of 1.5m.

Contact us by phone or the form below to get in touch with us to discuss your enquiry.

Shipping costs are the responsibility of the sender. We recommend considering insurance.

We may be able to assist in arranging logistics, depending on your location.

Depending on the service or level of work required, turnaround time is generally 1 week.

Return shipping costs will be charged together with the invoice for work required.

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