How to Coil Fishing Line

How to Coil Fishing Line
Many anglers will attest that fly fishing open water or big rivers involves a lot of fly line. The long lengths of line that are required can turn into a bird's nest unless properly managed. Stripping baskets are often worn around the waist to collect line as it is stripped from the rod. The basket is typically made of a lightweight, durable material that allows the line to be neatly coiled so that it will be ready for use on the next cast.


Difficulty: Easy

Things You’ll Need:
  • Fly rod and reel with line
  • Stripping basket
Step 1
Strip the line from the fly rod with a strip retrieve. This involves pulling the line through the guides on the rod so that a fly is retrieved toward you.
Step 2
Place the line in the basket as it is pulled from the rod. As the back motion of your hand pulls line from the rod, allow the line to fall into the basket.
Step 3
Use a circular motion to coil the line in the stripping basket. Move the hand that is holding the line around the side of the basket in a circular motion. This motion will coil the line inside the basket.
Step 4
Continue to coil, or wind, the line around the basket making neat loops. Pay attention to any line twist or loops that form in the coil as this can potentially cause problems when casting.

Tips & Warnings

Take the time to manage and properly coil long lengths of line during the retrieve. When you make your next cast presentation, you will be thankful that the line shoots effortlessly from the stripping basket.

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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