How to Add Line to a Bait Casting Reel

How to Add Line to a Bait Casting Reel
Bait cast reels are characterized by the way the reel is mounted above the rod. Though highly efficient, this setup often lets in damaging corrosive materials onto the spooled fishing line. This is why many experienced anglers respool lines before the fishing season begins. Spooling or adding fishing line onto your bait cast reel is a simple task that requires minimal tools.


Difficulty: Easy

Things You’ll Need:
  • Fishing line
  • Bait cast reel
  • Scissors
  • Pencil
Step 1
Start by tying an arbor knot to stabilize your fishing line. This makes a connection for anchoring the line to the spool center or reel arbor.
Step 2
Start running the new fishing line at the tip of your rod and continue to thread the line through the guides down the rod to the bait cast reel.
Step 3
Feed the line to your bait cast reel spool through the reel line guides.
Step 4
Wrap the line around the bait cast reel spool and tie it with an overhand knot. Snug the knot down and clip the excess line with scissors.
Step 5
Hold a line spool in front of the rod tip using a pencil through the middle of the line spool. This aids in making it spin easier.
Step 6
Add line to the bait cast reel off the line spool by rotating the handle clockwise. Keep a slight tension on the line and ensure the line wraps on the reel evenly.
Step 7
Fill your bait-cast reel up to within 1/4 inch of the capacity mark or as instructed in your reel manual.
Step 8
Use the scissors to clip the fishing line when the reel is full.

Article Written By Rona Aquino

Rona Aquino began writing professionally in 2008. As an avid marathon runner and outdoor enthusiast, she writes on topics of running, fitness and outdoor recreation for various publications. Aquino holds a Bachelor of Arts in communications and English from the University of Maryland College Park.

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