How to Replace Fishing Line for Beginners

How to Replace Fishing Line for BeginnersReplacing your first fishing line doesn't have to be confusing. In just a few steps, you can attach new fishing line, tie on a hook and drop your line anywhere fish are biting. Choose from any number of fishing spots, including an inlet or outlet, stream, pond, cove, lake or river. While the depth you want to fish will influence your line set-up, you can get started with a basic set-up that is easy for beginners.


Difficulty: Moderately Easy

How to:

Things You’ll Need:
  • Hook
  • Bait
  • Line cutters or scissors
  • Fishing gloves
Step 1
Determine test line strength, which is the maximum weight a line is expected to hold before breaking. Select a test line rated to withstand the weight of the species you want to catch. For example, select a 10- to 14-pound test line if you are angling for bass, which typically fall within this weight category. The average weight of a 30-inch striped bass is 14 pounds.
Step 2
Spool the test line onto your fishing reel. Tie the test line to the spinning barrel located near the handle and shaped as the name suggests. Spin the test line slowly onto the reel, paying attention to how the test line lays along the barrel. Distribute the line evenly across the barrel and it is not necessary to use the whole spool. Stop once the test line reaches 1/8-inch of the way to the rim.
Step 3
Thread the test line through the eyelets located along the pole. Pull an additional 6 to 9 inches of line from the last eye let and guide it out and away from the pole. Allow it to drape from the pole.
Step 4
Tie a hook to the end of your pole using a fishing knot. For an overhand knot, thread the tag end of the test line through the eyelet of the hook and pull it back to form a loop. Cross one line through the loop and pull tight to close. Use this knot for a small catch. See Resources for additional knots, which can be used for larger fish.
Step 5
Cut excess line using scissors or a line cutter.

Tips & Warnings

Common bait choices include worms, minnows and dough balls.
Always wear fishing gloves when handling a fishing hook.

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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