How to Set Up a New Fishing Pole

How to Set Up a New Fishing Pole
A new fishing pole is one of the great joys for a fisherman. It represents the potential for countless hours of fishing enjoyment and the possibility of catching the "big one." The set-up process is relatively quick and simple.

Instructions

Difficulty: Moderately Easy

Things You’ll Need:
  • Fishing pole Reel Fishing line (monofilament for spinning or baitcasting) Terminal tackle Lure or bait
  • Fishing pole
  • Reel
  • Fishing line (monofilament for spinning or baitcasting)
  • Terminal tackle
  • Lure or bait
Step 1
Assemble the rod if it comes in more than one piece. The pieces are designed to fit securely together by inserting one into the other. Make sure the eyes or line guides are in alignment.
Step 2
Open the reel seat by so that the reel may be mounted onto the rod. This typically involves slightly unscrewing a retaining ring so that the foot of the reel will sit against the reel seat. With the reel in place, tighten the lock ring by turning clockwise until secure.
Step 3
Tie monofilament line onto the reel for spinning and baitcasting reels. Attach the line to the reel with an arbor knot: Wrap 3 to 4 inches of line around the spool of the reel and tie an overhand knot with the tag, or loose end of the line, around the main line. Tie another overhand knot using only the tag end. Pull the knot tightly around the spool and trim any excess.
Step 4
Wind the line onto the spool until full (or the amount recommended by the manufacturer). Pull line from the spool and feed the tag end through the eyes of the rod, leaving 4 to 5 feet of line extending from the end of the rod.
Step 5
Attach terminal tackle, including weights, snaps, swivels, lures and hooks, to the end of the line. The terminal tackle you need will depend on the type of fishing as well as whether you'll use lures or live bait.

Tips & Warnings

 
Research the best rod for the type of fishing you'll undertake. Make sure to secure all rod connections, knots and terminal tackle.
 
Research the best rod for the type of fishing you'll undertake.
 
Make sure to secure all rod connections, knots and terminal tackle.
 
Take care when handling monofilament line. Tightly stretched line can cut.

Article Written By Tara Dooley

Tara Dooley has written for various websites since 2008. She has worked as an accountant, after-school director and retail manager in various locations. Dooley holds a Bachelor of Science in business management and finance.

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