How to String a Fishing Line

How to String a Fishing Line
Stringing fishing line simply means to spool fishing line on a fishing rod. Depending on cast-and-retrieval patterns, fishing line quality and number of strikes, you may need to string new fishing line on your fishing rod a number of times each season. That's why knowing how to complete the process is important for any angler.


Difficulty: Moderately Easy

Freshwater Fishing Rod

Step 1
Tie fluorocarbon or monofilament test line to the spinning barrel on your fishing rod. Rotate the test line onto the spinning barrel using the spinning handle.
Step 2
Pass the test line through the guides located along the length of the fishing rod. The guides resemble small eyelets and are easy to spot.
Step 3
Release 10 to 12 inches from the last rod guide by hand. Let the test line drape from the fishing rod.
Step 4
Rig the rest of your line with a hook, bait and sinkers or fishing beads.

Bait Cast Reel for Saltwater Applications

Step 1
Thread your rod with fluorocarbon or monofilament test line. Pass the test line through each of the rod guides located along the length of the fishing rod.
Step 2
Release the drag. Pull 10 to 12 inches off the line. If you feel tension on the line, engage the knob on the drag mechanism, which is located on the top or bottom of your fishing reel.
Step 3
Tie the tag end of the test line onto the fishing reel spool using a fishing knot.
Step 4
Rotate the reel's handle until the test line spools completely onto the fishing reel spool.
Step 5
Rig the rest of your reel with a fishing hook, bait and lead sinkers or fishing beads. Fish species will determine which choice you make.

Tips & Warnings

Select bait based on the fish species you are trying to catch.
Always wear gloves when handling fishing hooks.

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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