How to Install Fishing Line

How to Install Fishing Line
Many fishing reels come with line already on them, so when it comes time for a novice angler to change the line due to wear and tear the procedure may be unfamiliar. However, installing a new fishing line is not difficult, and doing so will ensure that your line will be sound when battling a big fish.


Difficulty: Moderate

How to Install Fishing Line

Things You’ll Need:
  • Rod and reel
  • Scissors or nail clippers
  • Plastic bag 
  • Spool of new fishing line
  • Dry cloth 
  • Fishing hook or swivel
  • Tape
Step 1
Open the bail on your reel and pull off all of your old line. Once you reach the end of the old line, cut it from your reel with a pair of scissors or nail clippers. Before discarding the old line, cut it up into many separate pieces and put it in a plastic bag.
Step 2
Place the opened spool of new line on the ground and thread the end of the new line from its spool through the round rod guides on your pole. Start with the very top guide and carefully pass the new line through each one until it reaches your reel.
Step 3
Tie the new line around the spool on your reel from where you just removed the old line, and snip off any excess line from the knot. Make certain that the bail has remained open when you do this. Close the bail and wind some of the new line by hand as many as four or five times around the reel.
Step 4
Use one hand to turn the handle on the reel and the other to provide some tension on the new line as it is wound onto your reel. Take a dry cloth and put it in your hand and allow the new line to pass through it to avoid getting cut by the new line as it goes on. Keep your hand closed enough to cause the line to be taut as it winds around your reel.
Step 5
Fill your reel with new line but be careful not to install too much. Remember not to allow the new line to come within about 1/8 of an inch of the outer rim of your reel's spool. Once enough line has been added, cut the line close to the new spool and tie on a hook or a swivel to your pole.

Tips & Warnings

Take a piece of tape and tape down the leftover line on your new spool and put it back in its original box for later use.

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