How Do I String New Line on a Fishing Pole Reel?

How Do I String New Line on a Fishing Pole Reel?
Stringing new line on a fishing reel is one of the first steps required before rigging the line with terminal tackle for fishing. Although stringing and attaching line to a reel is a basic process, it is an important step that anglers should not overlook. By using an uncomplicated knot and a foolproof method, most anglers can learn to string a rod and attach new line to a fishing reel and avoid problems due to improper setup.


Difficulty: Easy

Things You’ll Need:
  • Fishing pole with matched reel
  • Monofilament fishing line
  • Scissors
Step 1
Pull the free end of the monofilament line through the rod tip toward the reel. Feed the line through each line guide along the length of the rod until you reach the reel.
Step 2
Remove the cover of a spincast reel or open the bail of a spinning reel. Feed the line through the small hole in the cover of a spincast reel, if necessary. Pull the line around the spool of the reel so that 6 to 7 inches of line extends past the spool.
Step 3
Hold the main line in one hand and the free end of the line in the other. Wrap the free end around the main line three times.
Step 4
Hold the loops so that they are loose and open and feed the free end of the line down through the loops. Pull the free end of the line and main line to tighten the knot slowly and pull it tight against the spool of the reel.
Step 5
Place the cover on the front of the reel if working with a spincast reel or close the bail of the spinning reel. Grasp the line in front of the reel and apply tension. Turn the handle of the reel to begin spooling line on the reel.

Tips & Warnings

Fill the spool of the reel with line to a point that is 1/4 inch below the edge of the spool.
Applying tension is necessary with spincast reels so that the line is picked up and spooled properly.

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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