When the work is done for the day you just want to get out on the water, but in the back of your mind you know your gear just isn’t ready in case you hook the big one. Your line’s beat up and needs to be replaced. So you start pulling it off, wrapping it around your hand, thinking there’s got to be a better way. Well there may be; three different companies make three different products that might fit the bill.
The first is the Berkley TEC line stripper. It’s an apparently battery-powered device that can strip 140 yards off a spool in less than one minute. They make some ergonomic claims, but it’s not like you’re going to be using this tool more than a few times a season. They also don’t explain what happens to the line when it’s stripped — presumably it’s just dumped on the floor.
Next up is Rapala’s offering. Powered by four AA batteries, it removes 5 feet of line per second — that’s 100 yards per minute for comparison. In addition, it sports a hook sharpener with a fine grit aluminum oxide stone. Rapala also provides little detail of what their model does with the line.
Last on the list is the Swifty line remover. This tool is different because you supply the motor by chucking its 5/16″ steel arbor it into a drill, so speed comparisons to the other two line strippers don’t make sense. It’s made from blue, yellow, or orange ABS plastic and can hold about 850 yards of 50 lb. test line, although it can handle any line from 1 lb. to 300 lb. test. The Swifty splits in half for easy removal of the coiled-up line.
The new Rapala line remover will run you $14, the Berkly model runs about $20, and you can find the Swifty line remover for less than $10.