How to Put a Fishing Line on a Baitcaster

How to Put a Fishing Line on a Baitcaster
The baitcast reel is a popular choice for bass fishing. This type of reel gives the angler great control and casting accuracy. To realize the full potential of the reel, it should be kept in good shape. Along with reel maintenance, the fishing line should be inspected and changed on a regular basis. Along with deterioration due to heat and sun, the line will pick up abrasions from casting and catching fish. Get in the habit of changing your line and your reel will perform at its highest level.


Difficulty: Easy

Things You’ll Need:
  • New spool of line Pencil Nail clippers Helper
  • New spool of line
  • Pencil
  • Nail clippers
  • Helper
Step 1
Strip all of the old line from the reel's spool. Use the nail clippers to cut the knot on the spool. Discard the old line in a responsible manner.
Step 2
Check the reel for damage and serviceability. Clean and lubricate the reel if needed. Inspect the rod guides for abrasions or damage. Repair as necessary.
Step 3
Unwind eight to 10 feet of line from the new spool. Thread the tag end through all of the rod guides. Attach the line to the spool using a three-turn Improved Clinch Knot.
Step 4
Tie an Improved Clinch Knot by passing six inches of line around the spool. Make three turns around the standing line. Run the line through the small loop above the spool and then through the large loop. Pull on both ends of the line till the knot is snug, then trim the tag end with the clippers.
Step 5
Instruct the helper to push the pencil through the center of the new spool of line. Have the helper use his thumb to keep tension on the spool so it will not backlash.
Step 6
While using your thumb and forefinger to apply tension to the line, begin reeling and filling the spool. Use enough tension so the line sits snugly on the spool. Fill the reel to the desired level.

Tips & Warnings

Refer to the Resources section below for information on how to dispose of old line.

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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