How to Put Fresh Line on Your Fishing Rod

How to Put Fresh Line on Your Fishing Rod
A hard day of fishing and catching fish can result in an enormous amount of wear on a fishing line. Rocks, tree limbs and other submerged structure can be abrasive and even make small cuts in a fishing line. Playing a hooked fish can amplify damage to the line and the extra tension and pressure can cause a line to snap. To help prevent losing the "big one," put new fishing line on your reel as needed or as part of routine maintenance.


Difficulty: Easy

Things You’ll Need:
  • Fishing rod with matched reel
  • Scissors
Step 1
Remove old line from the reel if necessary. Open the bail of a spinning reel or press the spool release button on a baitcast or spincast reel. Pull all of the old line from the spool and use scissors to cut the knot holding the line to the spool.
Step 2
Feed new line from a filler spool through the rod tip and down through each line guide along the length of the rod.
Step 3
Remove the front cover from a spincast reel or locate the line guide hole on the front of a baitcast reel. Feed the line through the hole in the cover of the spincast reel or through the line guide hole on the front of the baitcast reel.
Step 4
Pull the free end of the line around the spool of the reel so that 6 or 7 inches of line extends past the spool.
Step 5
Hold the main line and free end of the line beside each other. Form a simple overhand knot with the free end by wrapping it around the main line and then back across itself, forming a loop around the main line. Feed the free end of the line through the loop.
Step 6
Form a second overhand knot below the first knot using only the free end of the line. Moisten both knots with water or saliva and pull tight against each other and the spool. Trim excess line from the free end of the knot with scissors.
Step 7
Close the bail of the spinning reel or put the cover on the front of the spincast reel. Apply tension to the line in front of the reel and begin turning the handle of the reel to wind line on the spool.

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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