How to Attatch a Fishing Line to a Fishing Pole

How to Attatch a Fishing Line to a Fishing Pole
Attaching a fishing line to a pole is a basic part of the routine maintenance associated with fishing. It may become necessary to string and attach new line to a pole when a new rod and reel are purchased or when old line becomes worn due to normal use. A strong and reliable knot is required to attach the line to the rod, as a knot can be the weakest point in a rigged line.


Difficulty: Easy

Things You’ll Need:
  • Fishing rod and matched reel
  • Fishing line
  • Scissors
Step 1
Pull the free end of the fishing line from the filler spool through the rod tip and down through the line guides.
Step 2
Open the wire bail of a spinning reel by pulling it back to the side until it locks in place or locate the line guide on the front of a baitcast reel. Pass the fishing line through the line guide.
Step 3
Wrap the free end of the line around and past the spool of the reel. Pull 6 to 7 inches of the free end past the spool and hold it in place beside the main fishing line.
Step 4
Hold the main line in place and wrap the free end of the line around it three times. Form loops that are loose and 1 to 2 inches in diameter.
Step 5
Pull the free end of the line up to a point just above the top loop and feed the line down through the loops and out. Moisten the knot with saliva and pull the loops down tightly around the main line. Continue pulling to secure the knot against the spool of the reel.
Step 6
Close the wire bail on a spinning reel, if necessary, and turn the handle of the reel to begin spooling 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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