How to Restring a Fishing Line

How to Restring a Fishing Line
It is a few days before your first fishing trip of the season or your line is worn out and must be replaced. The process to replace and restring a fishing line seems fairly simple, and it actually is. However, just as the knots are important to hold lines together or attach the line to the reel, stringing the line on the reel and rod is just as important. Taking the time to properly set up your fishing line may make the difference between a successful day of fishing and a frustrating experience.


Difficulty: Moderately Easy

Things You’ll Need:
  • Snips
  • Fly line backing
  • Fly line
  • Monofilament line
Step 1
Remove all old fishing line from the rod and reel. Use a pair of snips to cut the knot holding the line in place around the arbor, or center, of the spool.
Step 2
Connect monofilament or fly line backing to the arbor of the reel. Form the arbor knot by passing 5 to 6 inches of line around the arbor. Form an overhand knot with the tag, or free end, so that it loops around the main line. Tie another overhand knot, using only the tag end of the line. Pull the knots down around the arbor tightly and trim excess line away.
Step 3
Spool the line onto the reel. Make sure the line lays evenly and smoothly across the face of the reel. Place a small amount of tension on the line while winding to help remove any "memory loops" that may have formed during storage.
Step 4
Attach the main fly line to the backing when spooling a fly reel. Connect the fly line backing to the main fly line with an Albright knot. Form a loop 2 to 3 inches from the end of the main fly line. Pass the end of the backing line through the loop of the main line. Wrap the backing around the doubled main line and backing line for 8 to 10 turns. Pass the backing through the loop and back out the same way it originally entered. Pull the knot tight and trim any excess.
Step 5
Wind enough monofilament line to fill the spool about 3/4 full. Wind all of the fly line onto the fly reel. Fly lines may feature a forward-weighted section or tapered section. Cutting the line could affect the designed function of the line.
Step 6
Double the line at the very end to provide a better means of holding and guiding the line through the eyes or line guides. Work your way along the length of the rod until the line extends from the rod tip.

Tips & Warnings

Lay the rod on a flat work surface to string the line through the guides or eyes. Standing the rod up right may seem convenient, but if the line slips from your fingers it may fall completely through all of the guides and result in starting over again.

Article Written By Keith Dooley

Keith Dooley has a degree in outdoor education and sports management. He has worked as an assistant athletic director, head coach and assistant coach in various sports including football, softball and golf. Dooley has worked for various websites in the past, contributing instructional articles on a wide variety of topics.

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