How Do I Set Up a New Fishing Line?

How Do I Set Up a New Fishing Line?Setting up a new fishing line is an essential part of fishing. A fishing line is the single connection between your rod and a fish. A line that is properly rigged on a rod and reel will be capable of withstanding the stress of repetitive casting and the weight of large hooked game fish. With some insight and understanding of the process, it is possible for most anglers to effectively set up a new fishing line.


Difficulty: Easy

How to:

Things You’ll Need:
  • Rod and reel
  • Fishing line
  • Scissors
Step 1
Position the new fishing line filler spool in front of the rod. Turn the filler spool so the side is toward the rod with the line coming off the top when filling a baitcast reel.
Step 2
Place the filler spool in front of a spinning reel. Turn the handle of the reel and observe the direction that the spool rotates. Typically, most spinning reels will rotate to the left or counter clockwise when observed from the back of the reel. Position the filler spool so the line is on top of the spool and is pointing in the direction that the reel rotates. Turn the spool label up or down to properly orient the line to the reel.
Step 3
Pull the line down through the rod tip and line guides and around the spool of the reel. Open the bail of a spinning reel or feed the line through the line guide of a baitcast reel before wrapping it around the spool.
Step 4
Attach the line to the spool with a simple Arbor knot. Tie an overhand knot in the free end of the line with the loop of the knot passing around the main line. Tie another overhand knot with the free end of the line only. Pull the knots down tightly so they lock against the spool. Trim the excess line away with scissors.
Step 5
Apply tension to the line with your hand so the line packs tightly onto the spool. Close the bail of a spinning reel if necessary and hold the line in front of the reel, slowly winding the line until the spool is filled. Fill a bait cast reel to within 1/4 inch of the spool edge and a spinning reel to within 1/8 inch of the spool edge as a rule of thumb.

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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