If you fish different parts of the world at different times of the year, you either own a whole boatload of reels or you regularly need to pull one fly line off a reel and slap on another one. If you’re not in the ‘whole boatload of reels’ camp, you need a line winder.
Line winders are one of those purchases that often get put off. No, a line winder is not really a ‘must-have’ accessory, but trust us– just buy one. More times than we’d like to admit we’ve told ourselves that ‘it’s a fly line – how tangled can it get?’ The answer is really tangled, and you can save yourself a lot of time with a line winder.