How to Prepare a Fishing Pole

How to Prepare a Fishing Pole
Once you learn how to prepare a pole for fishing, you'll be ready to go fishing for the rest of your life. Preparing a fishing pole is one of the rituals of the sport, affording a quiet moment of reflection and planning as you contemplate the surface of the water while threading your line and preparing to rig up for what might be the catch of a lifetime. Like riding a bicycle, you'll never forget how to prepare a fishing pole once you learn the steps.


Difficulty: Moderately Easy

Things You’ll Need:
  • Fishing rod
  • Reel spooled with line
  • Fishing tackle
Step 1
Assemble the rod by inserting the closed end of the smaller section into the opening of the larger piece with the rod handles.
Step 2
Align the line guides on the top of the fishing pole so you can see through all of them in a row when sighting down the length of the rod.
Step 3
Attach a reel to the rod by placing the reel foot beneath the rod seat on the forward part of the handle, then slide the movable rear seat over the back foot of the reel.
Step 4
Secure the reel by turning the sliding lock nut clockwise until it is pressed firmly against the reel set.
Step 5
Peel off enough line to extend the length of your rod and thread the line through the rod guides, starting with the guide closest to the reel and continuing through to the rod tip. Take care not to wrap the line around the pole.
Step 6
Tie a swivel to the end of the line extending from the rod tip, then tie a snelled hook or leader to the other end of the swivel.
Step 7
Tie a lure to the end of the leader or bait the hook.
Step 8
Cast your line upon the water.

Tips & Warnings

Rinse your fishing pole and other equipment in fresh water after use, then air dry.
Wipe down the fishing pole with a clean cloth.
Check the line guides every few months for nicks and cuts that could damage your fishing line. Pull a length of pantyhose through each guide. If the pantyhose snags, you'll need to use a small metal file to smooth away the nicks inside the line guide.
Cork cleaners and sealants are available at fishing tackle shops to clean and preserve rods with cork handles.

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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