When there isn’t anyone around to help me change the line on my reel, I use a phone book to put tension on the line. Just place the line between two pages near the middle of the phone book, close it and start winding. To keep the spool from rolling away, position it so the line feeds into the book from the top of the spool. The phone book holds the spool in place and provides enough tension to give tight wraps on the reel.
– Brian Kern,
West Point, New York