How to Wind Fishing Line

How to Wind Fishing Line
Winding fresh fishing line on a reel is one of the simplest, least expensive weays to be sure you're ready for the start of a season. Fishing line becomes brittle with age and prolonged exposure to heat, water, ultraviolet rays and especially saltwater.


Difficulty: Moderately Easy

Things You’ll Need:
  • Spool of new fishing line
  • Rod and reel
  • Pocketknife or scissors
  • Pencil or wooden dowel (1/4-inch diameter)
Step 1
Strip off the old line on your reel down to the bare spool, then clip the line with your knife or scissors.
Step 2
Mount the reel on a rod to make the job of winding new line a bit easier. If space is tight indoors, just use the handle section of your rod and don't assemble the entire fishing pole.
Step 3
Thread the end of the new line through the rod guides, or the first rod guide if you are using only the rod handle.
Step 4
Lift the bail if you are respooling a spincasting reel, otherwise proceed to step 5.
Step 5
Wrap the new line several times around the spool, loop the line under the wrappings and tie it off, clipping the excess line close to the knot with your knife or scissors.
Step 6
Insert a pencil or wooden dowel through the spool of new line and have someone hold both sides of the pencil/dowel.
Step 7
Turn the spool of new line so it comes off the spool in the same direction that it goes on the reel. A spincasting reel takes up line by rotating clockwise, so the new line should also be coming off clockwise from your perspective as you crank the reel to add fresh line (it will appear to be coming off counterclockwise to the person holding the spool of fresh line while you add it to the reel). This puts new line on your reel in the same twist as it was spooled at the factory, so you minimize line twisting and tangles.
Step 8
Fill the reel to the recommended capacity: Don't overfill with line that can flip off in large coils and become hopelessly tangled with your first cast.
Step 9
Tie a snap swivel to the end of the line and clip the swivel to your reel so the line will not slip off.

Article Written By James Clark

James Clark began his career in 1985. He has written about electronics, appliance repair and outdoor topics for a variety of publications and websites. He has more than four years of experience in appliance and electrical repairs. Clark holds a bachelor's degree in political science.

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