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Filling the reel!!!

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I noticed a thread about loading braided line. I purchased two dipsey rods from a buddy. Funny thing was, he purchased a 26' boat, electric downriggers, top of the line rod and reel combos, all the goodies, and he used everything, like twice. Yup, even the boat. Anyway, because he had the rod / reel combos in cold storage, I stripped off the line. I am now getting ready to "reload" and am curious on a good method. I always just sat in the ol living room with the spool on the ground, and held the line to the rod as I reeled it in. Also, only used to own spinning reels, never did trolling reels. I see quite a few set-ups that help, but never paid much heed to them. I know it would be better to go that route, or to have a tackle shop load them.

Any good techniques out there or is the tackle shop the best method?
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Put apencil through the center of the spool and have someone hold a little tension as you reel the line on. With a level wind you never want the line to come off the side of the spool.
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