How to Put the Line on a Fishing Reel

How to Put the Line on a Fishing Reel
Keeping fresh line on your fishing reel will keep you from dealing with tangles and the potential of losing that trophy of a lifetime. With any reel, there are exact steps to follow to ensure the line lies properly on the spool and will not tangle when cast. But for all models, putting fresh line on your baitcasting reel will keep you in the game when a fish strikes.


Difficulty: Moderate

Things You’ll Need:
  • Baitcasting reel Spool of fishing line Pencil or pen
  • Baitcasting reel
  • Spool of fishing line
  • Pencil or pen
Step 1
Start by running the line through the eye of the level winding found on the front of the reel. This mechanism keeps the line spread evenly on the spool when reeling. Wrap the line around the spool once to prepare it for attachment to the spool.
Step 2
Next, tie the line to the spool and make sure the knot is tight. Adjust the drag on the reel so it is tight as you begin to put the line on. If the drag is loose, you will not be able to reel and will prematurely wear the drag washers.
Step 3
Push a pencil or pen through the center hole in the spool of fishing line. This will allow the line to rotate properly as you begin to reel the line onto the reel.
Step 4
Have someone hold both sides of the pen or pencil as you begin to reel. Be sure to add some tension on the line with your thumb and forefinger while filling the reel, as this will allow for more line to go on. Also, make sure the line does not build up on one side of the spool. This will cause a backlash when casting.
Step 5
Continue to reel the line until it is almost to the top spool; be sure to leave about a quarter-inch gap at the top. Cut the line from the spool, thread it through the rod guides and you are ready to fish!

Article Written By Brian M. Kelly

Brian M. Kelly has been freelance writing since 2003. His work has been published in respected outdoor magazines such as Outdoor Life, Great Lakes Angler and Salmon Trout Steelheader. He holds an associate's degree in automated machine design from Macomb College.

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