How to Put New Line on a Fishing Rod

How to Put New Line on a Fishing Rod
There is always excitement when a person gets a new fishing rod and reel. Some of these setups come complete with line already on, but most don't, meaning that fishing line has to be spooled onto the reel. The methods used to accomplish this vary, but there is one that lets the angler know exactly how much line is going on her reel.


Difficulty: Moderate

How to Put New Line on a Fishing Rod

Things You’ll Need:
  • Rod and reel Spool of new fishing line Nail clippers Hook
  • Rod and reel
  • Spool of new fishing line
  • Nail clippers
  • Hook
Step 1
Decide which type of line you are going to use. Monofilament is a good line for beginners, as it is inexpensive and easy to knot. Fishermen who fish in places with thick vegetation might prefer braided lines, which are strong. Choose fluorocarbon if you want a nearly invisible line that won't stretch and stands up to erosion from the elements.
Step 2
Tie the loose end, also referred to as the tag end, of your new spool of line to a fence or a tree branch in an open area. Choose a place where you can unwind the line from the spool in one direction for a long distance.
Step 3
Poke the screwdriver through the middle of your new spool and walk with it, holding the screwdriver to allow the line to unravel off the spool. Walk until you've uncoiled as much line as you desire to go onto your fishing pole. Set the spool on the ground and cut the line at the spool.
Step 4
Lace the end of the new line through the pole's rod guides, starting at the top guide and working down along the length of the pole. Open your reel's bail all the way and tie the line around the reel, trimming the loose end after you have tied the knot.
Step 5
Wrap the line around the reel five times, and shut the bail. Turn the handle of the reel slowly as you walk back to the spot where your line is tight. Keep constant tension on the line; this will result in it wrapping tightly around the reel. Cut the line when you arrive at where it is tied, and fasten a hook to it.

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