How to Uncurl Fishing Line

How to Uncurl Fishing Line
New fishing line comes in a coiled shape, typically wrapped around an inner cardboard tube or other type of tube. Manufacturers tell customers to simply uncoil the line from the tube before using, but it's not always this simple. If the fishing line sat on the shelf for several months, it may take the shape of the coil and have a roundness to it. When this happens, you need to uncurl the fishing line, which is also known as uncoiling the line.


Difficulty: Moderately Easy

Things You’ll Need:
  • Inner-tube repair swatch
  • Fishing line
Step 1
Uncoil a few inches of the fishing line and look for any signs of problems. When you first unfurl the fishing line, watch the shape it takes. If it lays flat, you don't have a problem, but if it leans toward one side or has a rounded shape, you need to unfurl the line.
Step 2
Unroll a few inches of the fishing line and hold it flat with your thumb. Place the inner-tube repair swatch on top of the line, to the right of your thumb.
Step 3
Pinch your fingers around the rubber piece, but give the fishing line enough space to move through the rubber. Basically you're manually removing the crease caused by the line sitting on the coil.
Step 4
Hold the line tightly with one hand and then pull the fishing line through with your other hand. You want to apply pressure to the rubber while pulling.
Step 5
Pull the line through until the entire line passes through the rubber piece or until you have as much line as you need. It's helpful to have another person standing beside you, to attach the line to the fishing pole or move it out of your way.

Tips & Warnings

Inner-tube repair swatches come in bike repair kits, but in a pinch, any type of vinyl repair swatch works. Cutting a small piece from a rubber tire also works.
Don't pull the fishing line through too quickly or hold too tight, as this pressure weakens the fishing line.

Article Written By Jennifer Eblin

Jennifer Eblin has been a full-time freelance writer since 2006. Her work has appeared on several websites, including Tool Box Tales and Zonder. Eblin received a master's degree in historic preservation from the Savannah College of Art and Design.

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