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Keeping heads organized

I was wondering what is out there to keep heads organized in a compact and lightweight way. I make my own, using pool noodles slices joined by piping insulation using hot melt glue. I often carry 2-3 heads to the river that fits into my hip pack so bulk and weight are important.

Here's a pic of my DIY head organizer to start the conversation. As you can see, the middle spool has a 64' 4D head on it weighing about 750 grains, so it can hold quite a bit.

I also make a junior version to hold lighter weight heads.

Just wondering what others are doing.
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Yes, ziplock bags for me too or the genius Airflo bags (not only for Airflo lines).
I tried different possibilities, but itís less bulky than anything else and the additional benefits:
Protection against loosing too much weight, at least for the PVC coated lines, over longer time.
Bigger coils to avoid memory.
Also best way to keep the lines in the freezer for long time storage (in an additional hardcover box).
Lines can be taken out in the ziplock bags for fishing, no additional bags or handling necessary.
For holidays or traveling the Airflo bags can be packed into the Airflo shooting head wallets or -lines taken out- into the Scierra wallets with included ziplock bags of own size.
Cheap and easy.
But still searching for a ďone wallet fits all ziplocksĒ, wondering why only one manufacturer thinks about it.

And I am wondering, why most of the best lines still come with unnecessary and, for the most, unusable plastic spools...
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Airflo shooting head wallet, and a BassPro tackle wallet that is very similar to the Airflo but costs around ten bucks. Scandis in one skagits in another alone withs poly leaders and sink tips.
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Individual well labeled zip lock bags all put in a larger zip lock bag.

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Wait a minute.... You mean you can organize your shooting heads??? Damn, next you'll be telling me you can keep Maxima spools from unraveling.

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Losing Too Much Weight, Freezer Storage

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Yes, ziplock bags for me too or the genius Airflo bags (not only for Airflo lines).
I tried different possibilities, but itís less bulky than anything else and the additional benefits:
Protection against loosing too much weight, at least for the PVC coated lines, over longer time.
Bigger coils to avoid memory.
Also best way to keep the lines in the freezer for long time storage (in an additional hardcover box).
Lines can be taken out in the ziplock bags for fishing, no additional bags or handling necessary.
For holidays or traveling the Airflo bags can be packed into the Airflo shooting head wallets or -lines taken out- into the Scierra wallets with included ziplock bags of own size.
Cheap and easy.
But still searching for a ďone wallet fits all ziplocksĒ, wondering why only one manufacturer thinks about it.

And I am wondering, why most of the best lines still come with unnecessary and, for the most, unusable plastic spools...
Can lines lose weight? And does storing in freezer prolong the life of lines? If so good to know
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Wait a minute.... You mean you can organize your shooting heads??? Damn, next you'll be telling me you can keep Maxima spools from unraveling.

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Dude! I noticed on my new small 10# Maxima spool there are now slits on the spool wheel 'spokes' in which the tag end can be lodged and thus making that little spool stowable without rubber bands! FINALLY.
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Can lines lose weight? And does storing in freezer prolong the life of lines? If so good to know
Yes, sadly they can loose weight and length, depending on how much they are exposed to air and warmth/heat.
It doesnít matter that much in the heavier line weights. Itís a slow process, most people will not recognize in casting.
But if I do my work in adjusting lines to my rods and all work of measurement, cutting, splicing, testing, and from step one again, until I finally got it to my expectations, I simply donít like it, to have a different line later...

I am talking about lines with PVC coating. Although treated very careful...
With PU coated lines I didnít experience it until now.

The storage in the freezer is done for the lines I use only for short periods over the year. Itís also done for spare lines/backup lines I have to use later.

I do it for more than 15 years now and made best experiences. Not only to avoid lost of weight and length too fast, also to avoid the lines to become stiffer over time and cracking. I still use the lines I put in from day one.

Itís some kind of anti-aging.
But be sure your wife will agree and give some place away in the freezer😁And for additional safety, also in case of uncontrollable/explosive situations, a hardcover box around it.
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Not to digress too far, but the only thing I see that a line can lose is wicked up water into the core, and plasticizer in PVC. As for the latter, when Bruce Richards was still with SA, he would also suggest putting line in a cold place, but not sure if he said next to the ice cream that could cause problems from the former.

I know from comp casting that sitting a line out for a couple of days can make it lighter. I would definitely sit out a line before throwing it into the freezer. Or else ice expansion can be a problem to core/ coating bond.

Back to topic, I carry long sink tips, usually 3D Front Tapers (much longer than tips). One in particular is a 44 feet Sink Hover-Intermediate-3. So, changing out Front tapers using a foam wheel system helps with minimizing tangles riverside. And on the occasion, when handling gets tough on cold days and I drop one in the river, it floats.

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Here is what I use not so much for heads but for mid to long bellys and full lines. Works great as I can change lines anywhere and it keeps them organized.
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Here is what I use not so much for heads but for mid to long bellys and full lines. Works great as I can change lines anywhere and it keeps them organized.
I have never seen these. How cool!

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Can lines lose weight? And does storing in freezer prolong the life of lines? If so good to know
Told my wife to get into the freezer for a couple of days and she will loose some weight!
She did not believe me

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Told my wife to get into the freezer for a couple of days and she will loose some weight!
She did not believe me

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😂 Hi Bram,
maybe your wife didnít believe you, because she was reading my post...
She should only be in in the freezer if she NOT wants to loose weight😁
Which wife does not want to loose weight...
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