How to Put Fishing Line on a Spin Reel

How to Put Fishing Line on a Spin Reel
Setting up a spinning reel involves attaching a line to the spool and then spooling a sufficient amount of line with which to fish. To do this, you tie an arbor knot and then wind the line onto the reel. Typically, there needs to be enough line spooled onto the reel so that three-fourths of the spool is filled.

Instructions

Difficulty: Moderately Easy

Things You’ll Need:
  • Spinning reel Monofilament fishing line
  • Spinning reel
  • Monofilament fishing line
Step 1
Open the bail of the reel. The bail is the small-diameter, curved wire located across the front of the reel. The bail rotates around the spool and guides the line onto the spool as it is retrieved, which is done by rotating the reel handle.
Step 2
Wrap the loose or tag end of the fishing line around the spool so that 3 to 4 inches of the line extends from around the center of the spool. This will be used in tying the knot for attaching the line.
Step 3
Tie an arbor knot by wrapping the tag end of the line around the main line to form a circle or loop. Pass the tag end through the loop but do not pull tight. Form another loop with only the tag end and pass the end of the line through this loop.
Step 4
Slowly pull the knots tight around the spool. The knots will tighten against each other and form the secure arbor knot.
Step 5
Close the bail, and while holding the line taut from the front of the spinning reel, turn the handle of the reel to wind line onto the reel spool.
Step 6
Continue to wind line onto the spool until it is about three-quarters full. You may also refer to the manufacturer's information for more precise lengths of line to be wound onto the reel, depending on line diameter.

Tips & Warnings

 
Slightly wet the line as it is wound onto the reel to make it wind more smoothly. Wind the line slowly to ensure there are no loops formed on the reel.
 
Slightly wet the line as it is wound onto the reel to make it wind more smoothly.
 
Wind the line slowly to ensure there are no loops formed on the reel.
 
Use caution when handling monofilament lines because 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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