How to Add More Fishing Line

How to Add More Fishing Line
Ever had one of those days when you spend as much time tangled in tree limbs, wrapped around dock posts or hung on debris as you do actually fishing? Hang ups and line breaks in general can quickly deplete the line from your fishing reel. The ideal method to remedy the situation is to remove the old line and spool new line onto the reel. However, you are finally in a groove, the fish are biting and changing line would take too much time. The solution is to add new line to your existing line and keep hauling in the fish. Using the correct knot is essential to adding more line to a reel.


Difficulty: Moderately Easy

Things You’ll Need:
  • Existing fishing line
  • New fishing line
  • Snips
Step 1
Connect new line to the existing line on your fishing reel with a surgeon's knot. Begin to form the knot by overlapping the free, or tag, end of the lines for 6 to 7 inches.
Step 2
Form a loop with both lines. The loop should be large enough so that the spool of new line may be passed through without trouble.
Step 3
Wrap the new line, on the spool, and the existing line tag end around the loop. Make three or four turns around the formed loop. Avoid letting the loops overlap.
Step 4
Pull the tag ends to secure the knot. While holding the existing line and the spooled line, pull both tag ends to tighten the knot. Moisten the knot slightly just before it is completely tightened. This will increase the holding power of the knot.
Step 5
Trim any excess from the tag ends of the knot with a pair of snips. Wind the new line onto the reel, making sure to apply tension to the new line while it is spooled.

Tips & Warnings

The surgeon's knot is an excellent knot for joining two lines of similar diameter.
Pull the knot down as tight as possible. The knot is designed to be durable and small so that it can spool and easily move through the guides on the rod.

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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