How to Wind Fishing Line on a Reel

How to Wind Fishing Line on a Reel
When someone purchases a brand new spinning reel or decides that it is time to replace the line on an old one, there is a process that the individual must follow to wind the fishing line on the reel. This is not difficult if the correct steps are taken and ensures that the line will be up to the task when a big fish is being played on the fishing pole.


Difficulty: Moderately Easy

How to Wind Fishing Line on a Reel

Things You’ll Need:
  • Fishing line
  • Nail clippers
  • Screwdriver
Step 1
Thread the new line off its spool down through the rod guides starting with the one at the top of the fishing pole. Be certain that as you run the line through these "eyes" that none are missed.
Step 2
Open the bail on the spinning reel and secure the fishing line to the spool on the reel. Whatever type of knot you employ to tie the line on your reel's spool, make sure that you clip off any excess line with a pair of fingernail clippers.
Step 3
Close the bail and prepare to start turning the reel. Place the spool of new line on the floor or have a companion hold it using a screwdriver stuck through the middle of the spool so it will turn easily.
Step 4
Reel in the line with one hand while holding the other hand up the fishing pole where the line can pass through your fingers with a little tension.
Step 5
Watch the reel and stop adding line when the line is about one eighth of an inch from the spool's lip. Cut the line from the new spool and tie a swivel and hook onto it.

Tips & Warnings

If you are by yourself try dropping the spool of new line into some water; it should float and the line will come off as the spool spins.

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