How to Spool Fishing Line on a Spincast Fishing Rod

How to Spool Fishing Line on a Spincast Fishing Rod
Visit a local pond, lake, river or stream on a summer Saturday afternoon and you will probably encounter at least several people using spin cast reels. Spin casters are easy to use and take the work of casting out of the equation. Often the first fishing reels that many youth and novice anglers use, bait cast reels are designed to be user-friendly. Routine maintenance, including changing the line, may be necessary.


Difficulty: Easy

Things You’ll Need:
  • Spin cast reel
  • Monofilament fishing line
  • Scissors
Step 1
Remove any terminal tackle such as hooks, floats, lures or hooks. Pull the line back down through the eyes of the rod.
Step 2
Remove the front spool cover from the reel by turning to the left and straight out from the front of the reel. Press the spool release button at the back of the reel to disengage the line pickup pin.
Step 3
Pull the old line off the spool of the bait cast reel and roll into a ball for recycling. Use a pair of scissors to cut the knot holding the line to the spool of the reel.
Step 4
Pass the free end of the new monofilament line through the hole in the center of the spool cover. Wrap the line around the spool of the reel so that there is 5 to 6 inches extending past the spool.
Step 5
Attach the line to the spool with an Arbor knot. Tie the knot by forming an overhand knot with the free end of the line so that the loop of the knot passes around the main line. Tie another overhand knot below the first one, this time using only the free end. Moisten the knot and pull down tightly against the spool. Cut any excess line from the end of the knot with scissors.
Step 6
Attach the spool cover to the reel. Apply tension to the line several inches in front of the reel and begin turning the handle of the reel to spool the line. Refer to the manufacturer's directions for the amount of line to add. You can also open the spool cover to determine when the spool is about three fourths full.
Step 7
Press the spool release button and pull the end of the monofilament line through the eye of the rod and out the rod tip. Allow 3 to 4 feet of line to extend past the rod tip so there will be enough line to work with when attaching terminal tackle such as hooks, sinkers or lures.

Tips & Warnings

Use a quality monofilament line of an appropriate pound test for the type of fishing you will be doing.

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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