How Do I String a Spinning-Reel Fishing Rod?

How Do I String a Spinning-Reel Fishing Rod?
Many anglers initially learn to fish with a spincast rod and reel and then move on to a spinning reel and rod. As with any rod and reel, part of the basic set up and maintenance of a spinning-reel rod includes stringing new line onto the rod. Spinning rods are no different in this respect, and most anglers quickly learn how to rig them.


Difficulty: Easy

Step 1
Connect the sections of your spinning rod together if it is a two-piece rod or a travel rod consisting of several sections. Inspect the sections and remove any debris that may cause the sections to stick or freeze together during use. Slide the sections together and secure them in place with a slight twist to lock them together and align the line guides.
Step 2
Place a spinning reel on the handle of the reel by loosening the locking ring. Set the foot of the reel on the reel seat and slide it into the stationary locking ring that is commonly featured on many rods. Hold the rod in place and tighten the adjustable locking ring so that it holds the reel securely in place.
Step 3
Open the bail wire on the front of the spinning reel so that it locks back and in place. Pull the free end of the line that is spooled on the reel straight out and away from the reel.
Step 4
Lay the rod on a workbench or other flat surface and feed the line through each successive guide along the length of the spinning rod. Laying the rod down will help prevent the line from sliding back down through the guides, should you accidentally let go.
Step 5
Feed the line through and out the rod tip. Pull 4 feet to 5 feet of line from the tip of the rod and close the bail wire on the spinning reel. Inspect the reel to verify that the line is properly positioned in the line roller located on one side of the bail wire.

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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