Fishing Line Tips

Fishing Line Tips
Before you can drop a line into the water to fish the bottom or reel in a large fish, you must first add line to your reel and care for it so that it does not snap at an inopportune time. The best fishing line tips will show you how to increase the efficacy of your line and explain key instructions related to the storage, use and upkeep of line during the season. Proper care for your fishing line will prevent your catch from running away with it.


Difficulty: Moderately Easy

Things You’ll Need:
  • Tackle box
  • Fishing reel
  • Silicone spray
Step 1
Store your line in a cool, dry place. If storing line inside a tackle box or storage container, use a variety that is constructed of Acrylonitrile Butadiene Styrene (ABS) plastic, which will not set off a chemical reaction with your line.
Step 2
Face your line spool toward the reel when rotating or spinning the line onto your fishing reel. Grip your fishing rod against your knee for added control. Guide the tag end of the fishing line through the reel guides and allow the line to spin onto the reel. Adjust the line spool if necessary so the line turns into the reel, which will reduce tangles in the line.
Step 3
Test old line for cuts and abrasions, which can contribute to line breakage. Engage the drag mechanism on your reel. Release several feet of line; release more if you use this rod to fish the bottom. Slide the released line between your index finger and thumb to check for cuts. Snip away damaged line, if necessary, or reel the line back onto your spool and drop the line when ready.
Step 4
Replace fishing line after dropping it in the water several times--even if no strike occurs. Cut the line from the lure and retie it using a fishing knot. For the overhand knot, thread the line through the eye of the lure and pull it back to form a loop. Cross one line over the other and pull tight to close. Repeat as necessary.
Step 5
Apply a silicone spray to the line. Spray the line completely or apply by hand. Blow the line dry and fish as usual. Silicone spray will increase buoyancy and help the line to float, which is useful when using a top water lure.

Tips & Warnings

Recycle used fishing line at a recycling facility that accepts fishing line.
You must use test line that is rated to hold the weight of the fish species you are trying to catch.

Article Written By Charlie Gaston

Charlie Gaston has written numerous instructional articles on topics ranging from business to communications and estate planning. Gaston holds a bachelor's degree in international business and a master's degree in communications. She is fluent in Spanish and has extensive travel experience.

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