I am going to assume that the OP uses a changing bag, and frankly I don't have any words of encouragment for him. I will advise that switching to SS reels and tank should ease the problem somewhat. I found that film guides are a nuisance to help load reels and with a bit of practice the SS reels all but load themselves. The best thing to do(IMO) is not use a changing bag, and darken out a small room to load film, and then it shouldn't matter if plastic or SS is used.