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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.

Line Remover [Rapala]
Line Stripper
Line Remover
Swifty Street Pricing
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Berkley Line Remover Via Amazon [What’s This?]

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4 Responses to Strip Fishing Line The Easy Way

  1. Rob says:

    This is not a tool that the casual angler needs. If you only change the line on your reels occasionally you can just use a drill, and save yourself the money. Tournament anglers, like myself, often change their line before every day of competitive angling. Multiply that by 3 to 10 reels, and you understand why we need this tool. We do a lot of line stripping. In a tournament, with money on the line, the last thing you want to do is hook into big mamma, only to have your line break because it was nicked up from the day before. Fresh line = strong line = more fish in the boat. I use a similar battery powered stripper. They just run the line through two rubber wheels, and spit it out the other side. I strip my reels over the trash can.

  2. PutnamEco says:

    I hope you all are recycling your fishing line. or at least making sure it ends up in a trash receptacle. Imagine not getting back to the dock because your prop has wrapped with someones discarded line and cut your prop shaft seal. Not to mention the environmetal damage this can cause.
    Here in Florida we take monofilament recycling seriously.


  3. Mr P says:

    Make one that fits your drill cost 50 cent dowel

  4. Bill Blank says:

    I wasn’t sure what a line stripper was used for until I read the above articles. I got one of these devices with a line spooler from bass pro shop as a gift. Unlike the pros I will not need to use this devise often but it may be handy.

    Thank you
    Bill Blank

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