How to Put Fishing Line on a Fishing Pole

How to Put Fishing Line on a Fishing Pole
You may need to string fishing line because you bought a new rod and reel or because you removed a line and you need to install a new one. Rigging new line on a rod is a simple process, but there are tips you can follow to help you minimize problems, such as line memory and backlash. Taking the time to correctly string new line can help reduce or eliminate line-related issues associated with fishing.


Difficulty: Easy

Things You’ll Need:
  • Rod and matched reel
  • Monofilament fishing line
Step 1
Inspect the rod connection points. Make sure that the pieces fit together securely and the line guides are aligned. Tighten the reel seat locking rings on the rod if necessary to make sure that the reel is held securely in place.
Step 2
Place a filler spool of monofilament fishing line in front of the fishing rod. Position the spool so that the line comes off the filler spool from the top toward the rod if stringing a baitcast rod and reel.
Step 3
Turn the handle of a spinning reel to determine the direction in which the bail on the front of the spool turns. Typically, the bail will rotate to the left if you are looking at it with the rod extended in front of you. Position the filler spool so that the monofilament line comes off the spool from the top with the free end pointing in the direction that the spinning reel bail rotates. This will help eliminate line twist and memory.
Step 4
Feed the monofilament line through the line tip and down through each line guide. Open the bail of a spinning reel, if necessary, or pass the line through the small line guide on the front of a baitcast reel.
Step 5
Attach the monofilament line to the spool of the reel. Close the bail on the spinning reel and apply tension to the line in front of the spool. Turn the handle of the reel to spool the monofilament line onto the reel.

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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