How to String a Zebco Fishing Reel

How to String a Zebco Fishing ReelThe Zebco spincast reel is reliable and easy to cast, which makes it a good choice for children or beginners. Because the reel's spool is covered, it is easy to overlook the fishing line. Because the line takes a lot of abuse while fishing, it needs to be changed on a regular basis. Change your line every year and it will not fail when a big fish is on the other end.


Difficulty: Easy

How to:

Things You’ll Need:
  • New spool of fishing line
  • Nail clippers
  • Casting lure or weight
Step 1
Remove the old line by first unscrewing the spool cap. Depress the casting button to put the reel in free-spool. Pull all of the old line from the spool and cut the knot that ties the line to the spool with the nail clippers.
Step 2
Strip off 8 feet of line from the new spool. Thread the new line through each of the rod's eyelets. Run the line through the spool cap and attach it to the reel's spool with a double overhand knot.
Step 3
Engage the reel by turning the handle several times. Make sure the reel takes in the line and make note which direction the reel's spool rotates. Reinstall the spool cap by screwing it back on until tight.
Step 4
Prevent the line from twisting by making sure the line comes off the new spool in the opposite direction of the reel's rotation. If the reel revolves clockwise, set the new spool of line on the floor so the line comes off in the counter-clockwise direction.
Step 5
Pinch the line with your thumb and forefinger to keep tension on the new line. Reel until the reel is full. Check the level by periodically removing the spool cap and to see hoq much line is on the reel.
Step 6
Tie on a weight or practice lure. Try casting the reel to make sure it casts and retrieves smoothly.

Tips & Warnings

Always dispose of the old line at a recycling center. Fishing line is an environmental hazard.

Article Written By Daniel Ray

Daniel Ray has been writing for over 15 years. He has been published in "Florida Sportsman" magazine. He holds an FAA airframe and powerplant license and FCC radiotelephone license, and is also a licensed private pilot. He attended the University of South Florida.

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