How to Uncurl a Spooled Fishing Line

How to Uncurl a Spooled Fishing Line
A wise philosopher once stated that if you give a man a fish you feed him for a day. However, teach him how to fish and he will inevitably have to deal with curled fishing line. Perhaps that is not exactly how the saying goes, but it is accurate. Taking the curl out of your fishing line is easy, requires no special tools and really is necessary.


Difficulty: Easy

Things You’ll Need:
  • Monofilament fishing line
  • Snips
  • Rubber gloves
Step 1
Attach the end of the fishing line to the spool of a spinning or bait cast reel with an arbor knot. Pull the knot down tightly around the spool and trim the excess with snips.
Step 2
Put on a pair of rubber gloves. The gloves should be thick enough to withstand abrasion and friction from the line and provide protection for your hands.
Step 3
Hold the line about a foot in front of the reel. Position the fishing line between your thumb and first two fingers. Apply a small amount of tension to the line between the spool and your hand.
Step 4
Wind the line onto the spool. Pinch the line slightly between your thumb and fingers as it is wound onto the spool. Continue to apply tension to the line as it winds onto the spool.
Step 5
Wind enough line onto the spool so that it is filled 3/4 full or as recommended by the manufacturer.

Tips & Warnings

The rubber gloves, in combination with the line tension, should remove the line curl from your fishing line.

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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