How to Attach a Fishing Line on an Open Face Reel

How to Attach a Fishing Line on an Open Face Reel
Fishing reels are broken down into two main categories. There are closed face reels, also referred to as spin casting reels. These reels completely enclose the fishing line, are simple to use and great for beginners. Open face reels include spinning and bait casting reels and do not have a cover over the line. Attaching fishing line to open face reels is a fairly simple process.

Instructions

Difficulty: Moderately Easy

Things You’ll Need:
  • Open face reel (spinning or casting) Fishing line Clippers or small scissors
  • Open face reel (spinning or casting)
  • Fishing line
  • Clippers or small scissors
Step 1
For spinning reels, open the wire bail on the front of the spool. Grasp the free or tag end of the line with your fingers and wrap the line around the axle or spindle of the spool two times. Ensure there is at least 4 to 6 inches of line remaining on the tag end.
Step 2
For bait casting reels, many times it will be necessary to thread the line through a small spooling guide in front of the spool. Pass the free or tag end of the line through the guide and to the axle of the spool. Depending on the reel model there may be a small hole which passes through the axle to one side. Thread the line through this hole leaving four to six inches free on the tag end. If there is not small hole, wrap the line around the axle two times leaving four to six inches on the tag end.
Step 3
The line may now be attached in the same manner to both type reels using an arbor knot. Before tying the knot, slightly moisten the tag end of the line with water. Moistening monofilament line prior to tying helps to strengthen the knot.
Step 4
Tie an over hand knot, with the tag end of the line, around the main line. The over hand knot is accomplished by forming loop and passing the line through. Do not snug or tighten the line at this point.
Step 5
Tie a second over hand knot using only the tag end of the line. Snug or tighten this knot securely. Work with the line to move the first knot down until it begins to tighten around the spool. Pull the knot down until it is secure. The second knot will help secure the first knot and also prevent slipping. Use clips or scissors to remove any length of line remaining past the second knot.
Step 6
With the line attached to the spool line may now be wound onto the spool. Apply sufficient pressure to achieve a uniform layering of line during winding so there are no loops or loose areas of line.

Tips & Warnings

 
Although the arbor is a fairly simple and straight forward knot to tie, you may want to practice with larger line or cord to perfect the technique.
 
Keep in mind that it is possible for monofilament and other lines to produce cuts especially when the line is stretched taught. Wearing a thin pair of gloves may be desired to help prevent cuts or friction burns.

Article Written By Tara Dooley

Tara Dooley has written for various websites since 2008. She has worked as an accountant, after-school director and retail manager in various locations. Dooley holds a Bachelor of Science in business management and finance.

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