How to Put a New Line on a Fishing Rod

How to Put a New Line on a Fishing Rod
Before the start of a new fishing season it is always prudent to carefully inspect your fishing pole and determine if the line that is currently on it can withstand the rigors of your upcoming fishing exploits. If the line is showing signs of age or wear and tear then you must put new line on your fishing pole.


Difficulty: Moderately Easy

Things You’ll Need:
  • Fishing rod Reel New spool of line
  • Fishing rod
  • Reel
  • New spool of line
Step 1
Remove the old line. Tie your line to an immobile object such as a tree branch or a chain link fence that is located in an open area. Once the line is secured, walk backward from the object allowing the line to come off your reel and through the eyes on the fishing rods in a slow and easy fashion until you reach the end of the line.
Step 2
Cut the old line from your reel and then wrap the old line around your hand. Make sure you pick up all your old line in this manner. A stick can be used to wrap it around as well since it is only going to be thrown out. Make certain not to leave it lying around since birds and small animals can become tangled in it. Place it in a small plastic bag and dispose of it in the garbage.
Step 3
Open up you new spool of line and thread the loose end through the eyes of your pole starting at the top and working your way down. Once it is near the reel tie it tightly to the reel and take a pair of scissors and trim back any line left over from the knot. Make certain that no matter what type of reel you are using that the line goes through the mechanism that spools it around the reel when the handle of the reel is turned. For example, on a spinning reel make sure the bail is open before tying the line so that when it is closed it will work the line around the reel.
Step 4
Place the new spool of line that is now secured to your reel at your feet and run the line from it between your knees. Turn the handle of the reel slowly to make the line begin to wrap around the bobber of the reel. You may need to hold your finger on the line to get this process started. Once it is going around the bobber put the line between your knees to provide some resistance as you wrap it around the bobber with each turn of the handle. This insures that the line will wrap around somewhat tightly and not become loose which can lead to trouble later on. If someone is available they can hold the new spool of line with a screwdriver through the middle of it and stand a short distance away with it as you reel.
Step 5
Keep turning the handle until you finally have enough line on your reel. Be certain not to fill the reel up too far since it will lead to tangles when you cast. The excess line will become loose and come over the lip of the bobber. Cut the line and put the new spool away if any line still remains on it.
Step 6
Tie a leader to the end of the new line and return to the place where you originally tied the old line to remove it from your pole. Attach the line to the fence or branch and once again walk away from the immobile object, letting your line come off the reel. However, do not let it get all the way to the end of your bobber. Make sure that you stop before it gets to that point.
Step 7
While holding your fishing pole so that the line is taut slowly walk forwards as you reel. This procedure will wrap the new line more tightly around your reel. Do not keep too much pressure on the line as you walk and reel in but keep enough so that the line does not go around the reel loosely. When you have all the new line wrapped around the reel cut the end of the line and put a leader and hook on it. You can attach a couple of sinkers to the line and try a few practice casts. If the line spools up around the bobber you will know that you put on too much and be able to remove some.

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