How to Thread a Fishing Pole

How to Thread a Fishing PoleBefore you start to fish, you need to thread your fishing pole. This essential part of the basic setup process involves pulling fishing line from the reel and feeding it through the eyes of the fishing rod so that a length of line extends from the end. Regardless of your level of experience, and whether you use monofilament, braided, or fluorocarbon fishing line, you'll follow the same simple process to thread a fishing pole.


Difficulty: Moderately Easy

How to:

Things You’ll Need:
  • Rod and matching reel
  • Fishing line
Step 1
Release the winding mechanism of the reel so that the line can unspool freely. The method of releasing the line varies depending on whether you're using a spinning, baitcast or spincast reel. For a spinning reel, open the bail wire so the line can unspool. Baitcast and spin cast reels require you to depress and release the large button on the back of the reel.
Step 2
Feed the "tag" or free end of the line through the first "eye" or line guide. You may need to apply a small amount of pressure on the spool of the reel to prevent the line from overrunning and becoming tangled.
Step 3
Pass the line through each of the eyes. As you do, always hold it with one hand to prevent the line from sliding back through the eye.
Step 4
Pull the line through the guide at the tip of the rod, leaving 3 to 4 feet of line extending from the end of the rod. This gives you enough line to work with when you tie on lures and hooks.
Step 5
Engage the winding mechanism to prevent additional line from unspooling. This typically involves turning the handle of the reel forward, which engages the mechanism.

Tips & Warnings

Apply tension to the line while threading. This helps remove any line coil that may have occurred during prolonged storage on the reel.
Use caution when handling and working with monofilament and other lines to prevent cuts or abrasions.

Article Written By Tara Dooley

Tara Dooley has written for various websites since 2008. She has worked as an accountant, after-school director and retail manager in various locations. Dooley holds a Bachelor of Science in business management and finance.

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