Select Page

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.



    • 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.


    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.


    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.

    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.

    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)


    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.

    Recommended Usage:

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


    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.

    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.

    Recommended Usage:

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


    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.

    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.

    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.

    Recommended Usage:

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

    Please fill out the form to get in touch with us

    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.

    Want to make a service request?

    Please fill out the form on the specific service pages to make a service request.

    Drop In-Store

    Drop in and see us anytime with your equipment. Our turnaround time is dependent on the work required.

    Getting ready for your next fishing adventure?

    Call and speak to our fishing experts today or pop in-store for a visit