How To Put a Fishing Line on a Reel: 8 Simple Steps [For Begginers]

Despite what your level of fishing might be; a beginner or an expert, there is a time when you’ll be supposed to put your fishing line on a reel. However, spooling up a reel might seem easy at the first time.

One might think that it is just a matter of winding the line on the reel. Sadly, it is not that simple when it comes to the practical part. It actually requires a lot of skills, and tips to make it efficiently. Happily, you are in the right place and with these quick instructions, we will show you everything you need to know about putting a fishing line on a reel.

Fishing lines types are out there

Choosing a fishing line to spool it to your reel, is the first step that any anglers do before start spooling up, and this depends mainly on circumstances, the area, types of fish. For example, if you are willing to fish in an area where there are a lot of rocks and instructions around, Monofilament is the best option since it is very abrasion- resistant, and easy to use.

Moreover, if you need less visibility underwater, fluorocarbon is perfectly ideal, and it is also perfect in clear water circumstances. For more strength and less memory, a braided line is the ideal choice.

The main steps to put a new fishing line on a spinning reel

In this part, we are going to look at some guides on how to put a new fishing line on a reel, so let’s go together through these steps, and explain them step by step.

  1. Setting up: first off, gather your equipment and ensure that all the eyes of the rod are up as if you were setting up for fishing. Bring your reel and attach it to the rod.
  2. Open up the bail: before starting the line, make sure that you open the bail. A lot of people forget this step, so if you don’t open the bail before you actually tie the line on the spool you are not going to wind the line on the spool, as a result, you will need to cut the line and re-tie the knot. you need also to make sure to get rid of old-line leftovers.
  3. Tie the line on the reel: feed your a line from its spool and start threading it through the guide closest of the rod to the reel and tie the line to the spool with a standard knot simply the overhand knot, so make sure that the knot is tight and doesn’t spin on the reel.
  4. Wind the line on the spool: Before starting winding, you have to make sure that the line is coming off the spool in the right way in order to avoid any line twists or tangle, which are the main problems that you need to prevent. To clarify more, to get the line to go on the reel the same way that it’s coming off the spool, you need to put the label up. Hold your reel nice and tight, the drag must be down, next make sure that the line is pinched in your fingers and start winding. You don’t have to wind too fast as you are bringing the line through. Otherwise, you might burn your fingers.
  5. Continue to crank the reel to load the line: You need to keep loading the line, following the fifth step, until the reel is full, and from time to time check your line to make sure that the line isn’t twisted; for instance, every 20-30 cranks stop and inspect your line for twists. This is the most tiresome part because if you don’t check your line for twists, you will be supposed to start from the beginning, which is a bit frustrating.
  6. Fill the spool until it is 1/8 in (0.32) away from the tip of the reel: Actually, this will provide you with enough line to use when you have to cut off a piece of the line while changing lures or clearing snags. Likewise, this will help in casting distance. Keep in your mind that you don’t have to overload the spool to the very edge so that your line will not be prone to tangles.
  7. Cut the line off: After filling your reel, make sure to leave a short piece of your line to secure its free end with a lure. Cut the line with a pair of scissors or clippers if everything is looking in its place, then place a small slice of the tape over the free end on the spool to prevent it from being disentangled.
  8. The finish: congratulations! You have completed the essential steps, you need just to take your reel and go to catch some fish.

Now, the time comes to go fishing

Once and for all, spooling up a fishing reel with a new fishing line might seem challenging and demanding. But once you get a grasp of these quick steps, you will do it with your eyes closed.

More importantly, you have to keep in your mind these following steps, though. First, gather your equipment and attach your reel to the rod. Second, tie the line to the reel with an arbor knot. Third, wind the line on the spool and make sure that the line is coming off the spool line the right way. Then crank until you fill the spool.

Finally, fill the spool approximately 1/8 in (0.32). Lastly, cut off the line, and you are ready to go.

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