How to String a Bait Caster

How to String a Bait Caster
That new bait cast reel is really starting to call to you. "Take me fishing and we will catch lots of fish." No one said fishing reels were particularly chatty. However, before you try out that new reel, you will need to put new line on the spool and string the rod for tying on one of your several hundred lures. Stringing a bait caster is a simple process that can easily be accomplished by most anglers.


Difficulty: Easy

Things You’ll Need:
  • Bait cast rod and reel (matched)
  • Mono filament or similar fishing line
  • Snips
Step 1
Locate the line guide just in front of the spool. Feed the free, or tag, end of the line through the guide and pull 6 to 7 inches of line around the spool.
Step 2
Attach the line to the spool of the bait cast reel with an Arbor knot. Tie the Arbor knot by forming a loop with the tag end of the line so that it passes around the main line.
Step 3
Form a second overhand knot below the first one using only the tag end of the line. Pull the knots down tightly around the spool and trim excess from the knot with snips.
Step 4
Apply tension to the line just in front of the reel and begin winding line onto the reel. Turn the reel handle slowly to allow the line to spool evenly across the face of the spool. A slow wind will also help to prevent line curl or loops from being transferred to the spool.
Step 5
Fill the spool with line so that it is about 3/4 full unless an amount is specified by the manufacturer. Cut the line with snips.
Step 6
Press the spool release button, at the rear of the spool, so line can unwind from the reel. Pull the line through the guide eyes located along the length of the rod. Pull about 2 feet of line from the end of the rod tip so that a lure, hook or practice plug may be attached.

Tips & Warnings

When stringing the line through the rod guides consider laying the rod down so it is flat. Double the line at the tag end and pull the line through the guides. Having the rod horizontal will help prevent the line from sliding down the rod should you let go. Doubling the line will give you better grips for stringing.

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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