How to Put Fishing Line on a Fishing Wheel

How to Put Fishing Line on a Fishing Wheel
Preparing to fish often includes installing new line on the reel. The task is simple enough for most individuals. It is most often necessary to install, or spool, new line when purchasing a new reel or replacing old or damaged line.


Difficulty: Moderately Easy

Things You’ll Need:
  • Rod and matching reel Fishing line
  • Rod and matching reel
  • Fishing line
Step 1
Feed the line through the eyes of the rod. Begin at the end of the rod, with the smallest eye, and feed the free end of the line down the rod through each subsequent eye.
Step 2
Attach the line to the spool of the reel. Tie an arbor knot around the spool to securely attach the line to the reel. Feed the line around the arbor, or center, of the reel so that 4 to 5 inches of line extend past the spool.
Step 3
Tie the arbor knot by forming an overhand knot around the main line with the free end of the line. To form the knot, pass the free end of the line around the main line and back around. Form a loop and feed the tag, or free end, back through the loop and out.
Step 4
Form another overhand knot with only the free end of the line. Pull the main line to snug the knots down around the spool and lock the knots against one another.
Step 5
Wind the line onto the spool by turning the handle of the reel. Apply firm pressure to the line about 6 to 7 inches from the reel to help prevent the line from winding onto the reel with any loops or coils.

Tips & Warnings

Slightly wet the line as it is wound onto the spool with a damp cloth. This will help in winding as well as help to prevent memory coils as the line is stored on the reel.
Use caution when handling fishing line stretched tightly. Taut lines can cause cuts or scratches.

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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