How to String a Fishing Rod

How to String a Fishing RodAt some point, every angler will need to spool new line onto a fishing reel. It may be that the fisherman wants to change his worn-out line to a newer line, or it could be that he has purchased a new reel and needs to fill it with line. In either case, it is not a difficult task if the individual knows how to approach it.


Difficulty: Moderately Easy

Step 1
Lay the spool of new line on the floor. Pass the end of the line through all the rod guide eyelets on your fishing rod. Make certain that the new line goes through each eyelet and that you don't miss any.
Step 2
Tie the end of the new line to the bobber on your fishing reel after you have removed any old line that may be on it. Make sure that the bail is open on a spinning reel so that when you begin to reel, it will close and "catch" the line, and wind it around the bobber.
Step 3
Grab the new line with your left hand above your reel, and hold it so that there is some tension on it as you turn the reel with your right hand. Slowly reel the new line onto your fishing rod. Make sure that you keep tension on it as it goes down the rod and onto the reel so that it winds tightly around the reel.
Step 4
Keep reeling until you have about 50 yards of line on your reel. You will normally not need any more line than that on a typical reel. You can measure the circumference of the bobber with a measuring tape and then calculate how many turns of the reel equal 1 yard to be accurate. For example, if the bobber is 3 inches around, and four turns puts 1 foot of line on the reel, then a dozen equals one yard.
Step 5
Cut the new line about 2 feet from the end of the last eyelet on your rod tip. Put a swivel and a hook on the line using a fisherman's knot so the line won't run back through the eyelets.

Tips & Warnings

Never discard old fishing line where animals and waterfowl can become tangled in it. Bring it to your tackle shop which likely has a line recycling center, or dispose of it in your trash wound around a stick and placed in a plastic bag.

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