How to String a Fishing Pole Reel

How to String a Fishing Pole Reel
Stringing a fishing pole reel is a simple task that anglers should be able to accomplish. Fishing line will become brittle with age and exposure to the elements. Anglers frequently overlook the condition of the line. Re-string the fishing pole reel on a regular schedule to avoid having the line fail when fighting a fish. The fishing line can also be changed for a particular fishing situation, such as targeting larger fish where a stronger line is desired.


Difficulty: Easy

Step 1
Open and lock the reel's bail in the casting position. Strip all old line from the reel's spool. Discard line at a local recycling center.
Step 2
Remove 10-feet of line from the new spool of monofilament line. Thread line through rod guides, starting at the rod tip and working towards the reel.
Step 3
Fasten the new line to the spool with a knot. Turn the handle several revolutions to close the bail. Check that the line is riding under the bail roller and determine which direction the bail is spinning.
Step 4
Set the spool of new monofilament on the floor so the line comes off in the direction opposite of bail rotation. Squeeze the line with your thumb and forefinger so the line will seat tightly on the spool.
Step 5
Reel the handle and fill the spool to just below the spool's lip. Trim the line with nail clippers. Tie on a hook or artificial lure.

Article Written By Daniel Ray

Daniel Ray has been writing for over 15 years. He has been published in "Florida Sportsman" magazine. He holds an FAA airframe and powerplant license and FCC radiotelephone license, and is also a licensed private pilot. He attended the University of South Florida.

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