May 19, 2022
Every great new product should solve a problem, and the new Regulator Spool ($30, scientificanglers.com) from Scientific Anglers cures a huge headache for fly fishers who fish in a variety of stillwaters and rivers, in all seasons, for a variety of species. The problem is, what do you do with all those lines? If you’re the type who fishes for tarpon, steelhead, bass, and stillwater trout in a single season, you might have 10 reels and 100 lines. It’s wasteful to throw away a perfectly good line. I’ve wound my lines back onto the original packaging many times, but hand-winding introduces twist to the line, and the next time you try to use the line, it inevitably tangles. I experimented with a line winder/cassette system a few years ago, but to fully commit, you had to buy 100 more cassettes, which creates more waste and more complications. The Regulator Spool is the perfect solution to all these problems. This line management tool helps you wind your fly line neatly from your reel. Then you secure the line with two of your own twist ties, collapse the internal arbor by rotating the outer flanges, separate the Regulator Spool into two halves, and remove a neatly coiled fly line. You can store the lines in an SA Head Wallet (holds 12 fly lines) or you can stow them independently. Most rod/reel travel cases and boat bags have zippered pockets, and with the lines out of the box like this, your capacity to carry extra lines expands twofold. To put a line back on a reel, you merely reverse the process, except you’ll position the crank handles in the center so the reel cranks the line in, and the Regulator Spool spins on a center axis.