How to Restring a Baitcast Fishing Reel

How to Restring a Baitcast Fishing Reel
Baitcast reels need to have their line changed periodically. Over time, the effects of the sun and heat can cause the line to deteriorate. Casting and catching fish can also abrade the line, which could cause the angler to lose a trophy fish. Get in the habit of checking the condition of your line on a regular basis. Fishing line is cheap, so change it if you have doubts about the condition of the line. Installing new line correctly will help to eliminate twist and help the reel to perform to the highest level.


Difficulty: Easy

How to Restring a Baitcast Fishing Reel

Things You’ll Need:
  • Spool of new line Pencil Nail clippers Helper
  • Spool of new line
  • Pencil
  • Nail clippers
  • Helper
Step 1
Push the "freespool plunger" on the reel to release tension on the spool. Strip the line off and cut the knot to remove the tag end from the spool. Dispose of the line.
Step 2
Inspect the rod and reel for dirt or damage and clean if necessary. Remove the tag end from the new spool of line and thread the line through the rod guides.
Step 3
Attach the line to the spool with a three-turn Uni-Knot. Pass the line around the spool and make a loop. Make three turns around the doubled line. Tighten by pulling on the tag end and the standing line. Trim the tag end with the nail clippers.
Step 4
Insert a pencil through the new spool of line. Let the pencil act like an axle so the line will leave the spool without twisting. Let the helper apply tension to the line spool with their thumb or finger,
Step 5
Begin reeling while applying tension to the line with your thumb and forefinger, while your helper holds the new spool of line. Fill the reel to the desired level. Clip off the line and tie on a lure.

Tips & Warnings

Fishing line is an environmental hazard. Dispose of line responsibly.

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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