My bad.. I mean once you have your line rolled up onto the spool, what is a good way to secure that line. I have tried a couple of ways but all I end up with are a bunch of spools with lose line all messed up. Just looking to keep things organized.
I understand now. I do something similar to what Fly Mart mentioned when it comes to halo spools. I buy 1/8" elastic cord(My local store sells it by the foot). With all the line on the spool, I take the cord and wrap it around the line in the winder so it is snug, slightly stretched, and pinch it together. At that point, I take it off the winder and I tie an overhand knot in the elastic cord at that spot. I leave enough length on the end to be able to tie another overhand knot about an inch or so out from the first knot, then I cut off the rest of the elastic cord(make the ends even). It should look like the outline of a round balloon, one knot where you would tie the balloon once it's inflated and another knot where you would blow up the balloon.
I used to melt the ends together so they wouldn't fray, but that gives off some nasty fumes, so now I dip the tips in Gorilla Glue. I take the loop on the end of the kite line on the halo spool and larkshead it between the two knots in the elastic cord. This allows me to add a bit of tension to the line to keep it from coming unraveled while on the halo winder(which is why I slightly stretch the elastic cord).
I should be clear about the extension cord winders I use. I do not unwind and wind up the line while the kite is flying...unless the line is going through a Figure 8 attached to an anchor. They would
fall apart trying to reel in a big sled or foil. I walk my big kites up and down while the line is anchored.
I use a lot of climbing grade equipment when flying. Figure 8's are great if you know how to use them, not that they are difficult to use. The main thing is to tie the line off correctly. If you don't, the kite may pull all the line through the Figure 8. There are many great Youtube videos that show their correct usage. I use the method found on the Gomberg website to tie off lines to carabiners.
I double check my anchors then I check them again.
My rule for any anchor that I use- The kite line is the weakest link, no exceptions.