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Clicker Reel vs Line holder for dragging around a dive flag?

Discussion in 'Florida' started by Bob01, Oct 18, 2010.

  1. Bob01

    Bob01 Contributor

    # of Dives: 100 - 199
    Location: Miami, FL
    Hey All,

    Was just curious what everyone uses to drag around their dive flag/float? Currently I use one of those flat line holders


    However, I bumped into a site selling a clicker reel on sale for 19 bucks...was curious if its that much better than the standard line holder?


  2. mike_s

    mike_s Contributor

    I had the same idea. I picked up one of the "clicker reels" at a LDS sale that went Tango-Uniform for about $5 to $9 bucks.

    Figured it would be better than using that "wind over wand line holder" you've got in the first pic. Didn't see much sense in spending $70 bucks on a reel to pull a dive flag. Still haven't used it yet. but that's my plans....
  3. j yaeger

    j yaeger PADI Pro

    # of Dives:
    Location: Canton, New York, United States
    1 plus for the line holder is you can slip your forarm through it an be able to use both hands-
    yet it will slip right off when some punk with a jetski snags it!!!
    no moving parts to break either!!
    have fun
  4. DeepSeaExplorer

    DeepSeaExplorer Contributor

    # of Dives: 500 - 999
    Location: Cave Country
    Get a spool... All the clicker reels will break and they're even bulkier than the yellow thing. Then you can clip it off and not have to hang onto it for an hour, or longer. You can also use the spool for other things when you don't tow a flag, like deploying a bag.
  5. bilsant

    bilsant Regular of the Pub

    # of Dives: I just don't log dives
    Location: Ft. Lauderdale, FL
    I use a lineholder with a deliberate split in the middle of the handle so Mr. Jetskier can just pull it off if need be. That way I get scuffed and scraped, but nothing is dislocated if my arm is through it when it gets pulled away.

    I believe in keeping it simple. If there's no great advantage to a reel for the job at hand, a winder will do just fine. I've helped with a number of jammed reels during dives, but thus far, I haven't run into a jammed winder.

  6. soamelt

    soamelt Contributor

    # of Dives: 200 - 499
    Location: Boca Raton, FL
    I believe most line on reels/spools is negatively buoyant which makes it much easier to get tangled up in. The yellow line on the holders floats above you. I have both, but prefer the holder.
  7. OneRestlessNative

    OneRestlessNative Contributor

    # of Dives: 100 - 199
    Location: East Coast Central Florida
    I prefer the "thicker" line on the line holder vs. the thin lines on most of the reels and spools for toting a flag around type diving. It tangles less and is easier to manage. After using the basic hand winding tool for so long, I used a buddies reel like that and it was a mess for me. Line was so tiny, kept getting wrapped up in everything possible and birds nested unexpectedly. Which was a mess in itself that could only be sorted out after the dive.
  8. dkramer

    dkramer Contributor

    I used to use the clicker reel for towing my kayak. Broke 2 of them. I now use the flat line holder. Less parts to break & no tangles.
  9. Lee Taylor

    Lee Taylor Crusty old diver ScubaBoard Supporter

    # of Dives: 200 - 499
    Location: Charleston, South Carolina, United States
    Another vote for the flat line holder.

    Reels are a pain in the b*tt. (in my opinion)
  10. Scott L

    Scott L Contributor

    # of Dives:
    Location: North Palm Beach, FL

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