How to String a Shimano Reel

How to String a Shimano Reel
Shimano fishing reels are recognized by many freshwater and salt water anglers as some of the finest reels on the market today based on materials, features and dependability. Stringing a Shimano reel refers to placing new fishing line on a reel as the result of purchasing a new reel or simply changing the line due to normal use. Stringing a Shimano reel is a simple process and a basic part of maintenance associated with fishing.


Difficulty: Moderately Easy

Things You’ll Need:
  • Shimano spinning reel
  • Shimano baitcast reel
  • Monofilament fishing line
  • Scissors
Step 1
Position the casting rod, with reel securely attached, so that you can easily access the rod tip. Thread fishing line through the rod tip and then down through each successive line guide. Do not skip a guide as this can affect the performance of the fishing line and lure when fishing.
Step 2
Open the bail of a Shimano spinning reel or locate the line guide on the front of a Shimano baitcast reel. Thread fishing line through the line guide on a baitcast reel and then around the spool so that 6 to 7 inches of line extends past the spool. When spooling a spinning reel, simply pull the line around the spool for 6 to 7 inches.
Step 3
Attach the line to spool of the spinning or baitcast reel with an arbor knot. Tie the arbor knot by forming a simple overhand knot with the free end of the line so that the loop of the knot passes around the main line. Tie a second overhand knot below the first knot and this time only use the free end of the line to form the knot. Moisten both knots and pull them down tightly against the spool and each other. Trim excess line from the free end of the knot with a sharp pair of scissors.
Step 4
Close the bail if stringing a Shimano spinning reel or turn the handle to engage the spool on a Shimano baitcast reel. Hold the line 10 to 12 inches in front of the reel and apply slight tension to help the line better spool on the reel. Slowly turn the handle of the reel to begin spooling line onto the reel.
Step 5
Continue winding line onto the spool until it is just more than three-quarters full. Do not overfill or completely fill a spool as this can cause backlash and birds nests. Measure 3 to 4 feet past the rod tip and cut the line free from the filler spool with scissors.

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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