Is this the best DIY solution for stripping line off your reels?

Is this the best DIY solution for stripping line off your reels?

Stripping line off your reels is the most boring task in fishing, but Craig Banks has a cunning plan...

You’ve not known true tedium until you have stripped and respooled a set of carp reels. It really is the least-enjoyable job in fishing.


However, experienced carper Craig Banks has an ingenious way to make the stripping part of the process quick and easy.

A drinks bottle attached to an electric drill acts as a great stripping tool

A drinks bottle attached to an electric drill acts as a great stripping tool


The Carp Study Group member fixes a fizzy-drink bottle to an electric drill and wraps the old line around the body of the bottle.


He said: “It’s a simple line stripper. Put a nut and bolt through the lid then use the same lid and change the bottle when you're done.”


A spool of old line can be stripped very quickly with this method and a new bottle can be attached to the lid for the next one. As with any job involving an electric drill, Craig advises taking your time and exercising caution with this method. Now if only there was an automated way of loading new line on to your spools…  

Once you've wound the line on to the bottle just throw it away, but keep the bolted lid

Once you've wound the line on to the bottle just throw it away, but keep the bolted lid