How to Put Fishing Line on a Reel

Do you know how to put a fishing line on a reel?

This article gives you easy steps to get this done.

Why do you need to replace the fishing line?

How often you use a fishing line and how it’s cared for and stored affect its duration. Several factors contribute to the damage of fishing lines. 

For your peace of mind and successful fishing, replacement of the line is necessary. Other factors that destroy fishing lines includes:

  • Exposure to direct sunlight or UV for a long time
  • Some fishing lines absorb moisture well, which is excellent for spooling but makes them brittle when dried.
  • Spooling from the reel’s opposite direction causes it to tangle at the reel and the rod tip.

How to Put Fishing Line on a Reel

You’ll Need:

  • A sharp scissors
  • Fishing reel
  • Mono fishing line or braid
  • Fishing rod

The Process

Here is a step by step guide on how to put a fishing line on a reel:

Step 1: Attach the reel to the rod

Installing a fishing line on a spinning reel is significantly easier when the reel is attached to the rod.

Step 2: Run the line through the line guides

The line guides are the little loops that hang from the rod’s bottom. Begin by pushing the line through the coils and towards the reel at the far end of the rod.

Step 3: Open the bail

It’s important to remember to open the bail before attaching the line to the spool. Failure to do this will result in the line not being picked up by the bail. To do this, overturn the small handle up and bring it down to close. Ensure you remove any old line leftovers.

Step 4: Attach the line to the reel spool

This is done by wrapping the line twice around the reel’s spool and securing it with an overhand knot. Trim the tag’s end to a close fit.

Step 5: Slowly wind up the line onto the reel

You can now close the bail and begin turning the handle carefully. The spinning bail will lay line onto the reel spool in equal wraps as you crank.

Step 6: Crank the rod’s handle to figure out which way the bail rotates

Ensure the line goes onto the reel in the same direction as it came from the spool; otherwise, it will twist and knot if pulled in a different direction.

Step 7: Crank until the reel spool is full

Pinch the line between your thumb and index finger to keep it straight, then turn the crank on the rod. Fill the reel with the line until it’s almost complete. The line should be about an ⅛ inch below the rim of the spool. To complete, cut the line to disconnect it from the new spool.


That was easy, wasn’t it?

Now you are well informed on how to put a line on a spinning reel. Try it out.

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