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How to Put Fishing Line on a Reel | A Quick Guide

Last Updated: 23.09.23


You may notice at times that your fishing line on the reel may be starting to wear out thus making the capture more difficult. Check it out here how you can avoid this next time you go fishing and you won’t have such problems anymore from now on.

The Step-by-Step Guide

As the fishing line on the reel may wear out or start to get tangled easier you will need to start learning how to make a knot with the line and to wrap it on the spool of the reel. We also recommend making sure to replace the line every year.

Step one is to start loading the spinning and baitcaster reels. By dragging up the wire you can open up the bail. You’ll notice the reel has a small wire arm. Well, you just have to raise the line a tiny bit higher which means you’ll open up the bail. If you want to close the bail then you only have to move the line a tiny bit lower.

Start tracking the new line you wish to create on the line guides. The line guide is the name given to those little loops that can be found under the rod. We recommend you do this on every single one of the rods. At the same time, you ought to drag the rod over the said loops, closer to the reel.

In case you utilize a baitcaster rod, things are even more simple, as you can check for the small hole that appears on the reel. In this instance, you just have to pass the small line through the hole, making a connection with the bail.

To close the bail, you will need to lower the wire arm. In order to get to the lowest point, you will need to move the wire arm thus locking up the line in the spot you wish to. In case the said line seems to be undone, you may do this again. How? You only have to raise the bail and create the knot again.

Now you have to verify in what direction the bail is facing. To do this you have to crack the handle of the rods. After you noticed the direction of the bail you will need to load the next lines in the same direction. It is recommended that you keep the spool on the ground and make sure that the tag is facing upward.

To do the line up correctly you need to adjust again the location where the rod is found. For example, if your bail is rotating in a clockwise direction you can place yourself on the spool’s left side and wrap the line also in the clockwise direction.

In case you are using a baitcaster rod you can use something as simple as a pencil in order to make it stick from one of the sides to the other. It may be difficult to do this by yourself so you can ask someone to help you hold it.

Your next step is to hold the line on the middle part of your thumb and index finger. Press the rod using one of your arms in order to keep it under constant pressure. You’ll know you are holding the line correctly if you notice it started to get rigid and it doesn’t have a tangle feeling on the reel.

The next step is to lower the line in order to see if there are any tangles. You can do this by letting go of it and keeping it under your observation when it drops. In case you notice loops or twists, you can easily flip the fishing line and make the label go in a downward direction. Just be sure the line is loading in the same direction as the bail.


What’s Next?

Make sure that the spool of the rod is full enough. Pinch the line again with your thumb and index finger to do this. The line has to be straight and firm. If things are alright you can start rotating the rod’s crank. Make sure your line is loaded up to its peak. To do this use an approximative 0.32-centimeter line size that has to be lower than the spool’s rim.

You can protect the line with the help of a rubber band. Attach said rubber band along the line around the reel in order to make sure it stays in its place. In case your reel has a tab on its sides, you can wrap the line over it to hold in place the needed parts.

How to Fill a Spin Cast or a Closed Face Reel?

For this, you will need to start by removing all of the screws that can be found on the face of the reel. Just one more thing: be sure you take away the reel’s top part when you start spooling the line. This can be done by twisting it in a simple anticlockwise direction up to the moment when you have enough space to pull the reel off.

If you are a beginner and you have a beginner’s model, then you’re in luck, as those types have inserted a button that will let you remove the top of the cap without any hassle.

You may use the tip of the rod to help insert the line while keeping an eye on the ring that is under the rod. Now you have to begin from the rod’s tip and run the line in the direction of the reel through the holes.

Press the line in order to get to the hole that can be found in the cap of the reel. At the same time, you can track the lines across the hole that is found at the top. Do this now as later it would be much more difficult.

In order to make the connection between the line and the knot, you have to use the knot, arbor knot or clinch knot and make sure that the line has reached a high level of tightness before you can move on.

Now using the cover of the reel, which has the new line you created on it, start rotating it in the clockwise direction toward the reel as it will secure its place better. Start unwinding the thread once the cover is off. You will need some space to do this with good results so you can use a fence for hanging the line thus making sure the line is not untangled.

The next step is cutting the fishing line off the spool. Using a pair of scissors at the tip of the rod, cut off the line that remains outside the end of the tips. Be careful not to cut the part of the line that can be found under the rod.


Spooling the Line

The fly fishing line is created so it can function with at least two different types of fishing lines. In order to spool a fly reel, you’ll need a fishing spool line and a backing spool line. 

The backing line is both the cheapest, but also the heaviest type of line. Verify the rod for the numbers that you need – in this case, between 80 and 90 feet.

Now you will need to fasten the backing line to the reel. Start wrapping around the grove in the spool with this line. Place the line in the direction the reel spins. In order to wind the reel, you’ll have to either use a spooling machine or to do it by hand. Following this, you’ll have to make sure it’s tight across the fly line. This way the fish will see it better!

The last step you’ll need to take is to make sure that the fly that can be found at the end of the line is secured properly. For this, you will need around 5 or 6 inches of the last line of the reel which you will then have to pass across the eye of the fly hook. In order to secure the fly as good as possible, you can use knots such as the clinch knot or the turtle knot.

After you have secured the knot tightly enough, you will only need to slim up the end before you start using it to fish and you’ll be all set to go! Enjoy!



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