How to Spool a Spin Caster

How to Spool a Spin Caster
Spin casting reels are great for anglers at any skill level. Often considered a beginner's reel, a spin cast reel is typically durable, easy to use, easy to maintain and reliable. The simplicity of the reel allows the angler to concentrate on presentation and technique without the worries of operating the reel. As is necessary with most reels, the line will need to be replaced due to normal use. The design of the spin cast reel makes spooling of new line simple.


Difficulty: Easy

Things You’ll Need:
  • Spin cast reel
  • Monofilament fishing line
  • Scissors
Step 1
Remove the spool cover from the front of the reel. Twist the cover to the left to disengage and remove the cover.
Step 2
Press the spool release button on the back of the reel. This will disengage the spool pickup pin and allow the line to be more easily removed from the reel.
Step 3
Pull all of the old monofilament line from the reel. Consider rolling the line onto a pencil or straw while removing to prevent the line from becoming tangled on the floor. This also makes it easier to dispose of or recycle the line.
Step 4
Thread the tag end of the new monofilament line through the hole in the spool cover and attach the tag, or free, end of the new line to the spool of the reel with an arbor knot. (The Animated Knots by Grog website offers detailed instructions on tying the knot.) Moisten the knot, pull it tight and trim excess line from the knot with scissors.
Step 5
Attach the spool cover to the reel by turning it to the right. Hold the line about a foot in front of the reel and apply a small amount of tension. Turn the handle of the reel to engage the line pickup pin and begin winding the line onto the spool.

Tips & Warnings

Refer to the manufacturer's directions for the amount of line to spool on the reel. A rule of thumb with most spin cast reels is to wind about 80 yards of line onto the spool.

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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