How to Spool Fishing Line on a Reel

How to Spool Fishing Line on a Reel
You can spool new fishing line onto a reel in a few different ways. One easy way allows you to know how far your line will extend, information that can come in handy when playing a big fish. This method can be done alone or with the help of a companion.


Difficulty: Moderate

Things You’ll Need:
  • Spool of new line Screwdriver Nail clippers Swivel or hook Rod and reel
  • Spool of new line
  • Screwdriver
  • Nail clippers
  • Swivel or hook
  • Rod and reel
Step 1
Go to a large open area with no obstructions. Tie the end of a new spool of line to an immovable object such as a tree branch or a fence.
Step 2
Place a screwdriver in the holes of the new spool of line and walk away from where you have tied the line, allowing it to slowly unspool. Walk as far out as the amount of line you want to have on your reel. Many new spools of line will have 330 yards of line; you will not need nearly that much to respool your reel.
Step 3
Cut the line and lay it on the ground. Thread the loose end of the new line through the guide eyes on the fishing pole starting from the top one. Make sure that you do not miss any guide eyes. Open the bail on your reel and tie the line around the bobber on the bail, snipping away any excess line with a pair of nail clippers.
Step 4
Close the bail so that when you turn the handle of the reel it will begin to gather in the line. Keep the line taut as you reel it in, walking towards the other tied end. Take your time, and make certain to keep a good amount of tension on the line as you wind it tightly around the reel. Be careful that the line does not get too close to the lip of the spool of the reel, since that will make it unwind when you cast. If this occurs, cut the line there; a good rule of thumb is to keep the new line about an eighth of an inch from the bobber's edge.
Step 5
Cut the line when you reach the end of the line. Tie a swivel or a hook to the end of your new line. Secure it to one of the rod's guide eyes.

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