How to Change a Fishing Line on a Spincast Reel

How to Change a Fishing Line on a Spincast Reel
Spincast reels also are referred to as closed face spinning reels due to the cone-shaped cover that fits on the front of the reel. Spincast reels feature a large push button at the back of the reel that is used to release the spool and a handle on the side for retrieving line. A great reel for both new and experienced anglers, spincast reels are easy to use and durable. Part of the routine maintenance associated with any reel is changing the line. This process is easily accomplished on most spincast reels.


Difficulty: Easy

Things You’ll Need:
  • Monofilament fishing line
  • Scissors
Step 1
Hold the fishing line in front of the reel with your hand. Press the spool release button on the upper rear of the reel and begin pulling the old line from the spincast reel.
Step 2
Remove the spool cover by turning it slightly and pulling straight off. Cut the line free from the spool with a pair of scissors.
Step 3
Pull the free end of the new monofilament line from the filler spool. Feed the line through the rod tip and down the length of the rod passing it through each line guide.
Step 4
Pass the line through the front cover of the spool and then around the spool of the reel. Pull 6 to 8 inches of line past the spool of the spincast reel to begin forming an Arbor knot.
Step 5
Loop the free end of the line around the main line three times. Pull the free end of the line up and then down through the three loops. Moisten the knot and pull it down tight around the main line. Continue pulling the knot until it is secure against the spool of the reel. Cut the excess line on the free end from the knot with scissors.
Step 6
Place the front cover back on the reel securely and apply tension to the line in front of the spool with your hand. Turn the handle of the spincast reel and wind line onto the spool. Fill the spool based on manufacturers recommendations or until it is within 1/4 inch of the spool edge.

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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