How to Put a New Line on a Closed Fishing Pole

How to Put a New Line on a Closed Fishing PoleA closed fishing pole commonly refers to a rod with an attached closed face or a baitcast reel attached. Closed face reels are used to catch a game fish. They work well as a starter reel for young anglers and those learning how to fish. Spooling line on a closed rod and reel is a simple process by design, as these rods are all about fishing while eliminating many of the line problems often associated with a spinning or baitcast reel. (Pictured: Baitcast Reel)


Difficulty: Easy

How to:

Things You’ll Need:
  • Scissors
Step 1
Remove the front cover from the reel by turning it slightly and then pulling straight away from the reel. Pull old line from the spool and cut the knot attaching the line to the spool with scissors. Dispose of the old line.
Step 2
Pull new monofilament fishing line through the tip of the rod and down through the line guides. Feed the line through the reel cover.
Step 3
Pull the monofilament line around the spool so that several inches of the free end of the line extends past the spool.
Step 4
Tie an overhand knot with the free end of the line. Form a loop around the main line with the free end of the line. Feed the free end through the loop but do not pull it tight at this point. Form a second overhand knot. Do not pass the loop of the second knot around the main line.
Step 5
Moisten the knots with water and pull them tightly against each other and the spool. Trim excess line extending from the knot to within 1/8 inch of the knot. Place the front cover back on the spool securely.
Step 6
Apply tension to the line with your hand in front of the spool. Turn the handle of the reel to begin filling the spool with monofilament fishing line. Spool 60 to 70 yards of line onto the spool of the closed face reel. The exact amount will depend on the reel model.

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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