How to Spool Fishing Line

How to Spool Fishing Line
Spooling fishing line is done to wind new fishing line onto a fishing reel. This is a common procedure when purchasing a new reel, replacing old line that's worn or frayed, or changing line type or diameter to match fish species or conditions. Changing line is fairly straightforward, but a few tips will help make the process easier and more effective.

Instructions

Difficulty: Moderately Easy

Things You’ll Need:
  • Fishing reel Fishing line
  • Fishing reel
  • Fishing line
Step 1
Remove old line. Do this by pulling the line from the spool. Make sure to properly dispose of used line.
Step 2
Attach the new line to the spool of the reel by tying an arbor knot. Wrap the line around the spool so that about 4 to 5 inches of line extend past the spool
Step 3
Tie an overhand knot around the main line. With the tag or free end, form an overhand knot loop around the main line. Tie another overhand loop with only the tag end of the line. Pull the knots tight, pulling both knots down around the spool. The knots will lock against each other, holding the line in place.
Step 4
Turn the handle of the reel to begin winding the line onto the spool. Position the line bobbin so that the fishing line will feed from the bottom of the bobbin as it is unwound. This will help prevent coiling, which reduces casting ability.
Step 5
Maintain tension on the line as it is wound onto the reel. Place tension on the line about a foot to 18 inches away from the front of the reel. This pressure will help pull any memory coils from the line and help the line spool smoothly.

Tips & Warnings

 
Slightly moisten the line as it is spooled to help prevent memory coils while the line is on the spool. Spool enough line onto the reel so that at least 75% of the spool is filled. Many manufacturer's directions also indicate the amount of particular pound test lines to be spooled.
 
Slightly moisten the line as it is spooled to help prevent memory coils while the line is on the spool.
 
Spool enough line onto the reel so that at least 75% of the spool is filled. Many manufacturer's directions also indicate the amount of particular pound test lines to be spooled.
 
Use caution when stretching monofilament and fluorocarbon line tight as there is the possibility of being cut.

Article Written By Tara Dooley

Tara Dooley has written for various websites since 2008. She has worked as an accountant, after-school director and retail manager in various locations. Dooley holds a Bachelor of Science in business management and finance.

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