A few months ago I was in need of a way to change the line on my 9/10 reel. I could have bought an already made product, but I just couldn’t bring myself to purchase something for this task that I knew I could probably put together myself.
To Home Depot I went!
With a spool of line, to make sure the hardware I choose fits the spool, I built my line changer in the store, and walked up to the register with it…and roughly $5.50 later, I walked out.
Other than the nuts, washers, and bolt, I used 2 metal pieces that I found in the building materials and roofing area. Completely forgot the name or designed use for them, but I can tell you that they worked perfectly for this application. I was even able to bend the top one easily with my two hands, so, that I can rest that part on the rod.
A few extra nuts, just in case I lose some. They were cheap, so, why not!
I have a double bimini twist knot in my backing, so, it allows me to change my line with a loop to loop connection (the end of the fly line must have a loop knot of sorts, too.) and this eliminates my need for spare spools for my reel. When removing line from reel, I simply use my fingers on the spool to turn it. Takes a few minutes longer than an actual line changer, but it gets the job done.
Here are some videos I used on Youtube for the knots.