As a fisherman, one of your best tools is your fishing line, and it's also the most important. Without a fishing line, you're essentially standing on the banks with a stick. Before you start fishing, you need to discover the best way to spool up your line and bring it back when you catch the big one or when you need to put more bait on it.
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Place your fishing line on the end of the reel on top of the rod guides. These guides usually look like small slash marks, but the guides vary depending on the manufacturer. Tie a small knot in your line once you have it on the reel. You now have a line on your reel. This is basically just the small area on top of the reel or rod where you use to store your fishing line. Keep the reel turning as you slowly feed the line onto it and you'll end up with a complete fishing line on your spool.
As you place your fishing line on the reel, make sure you avoid putting any twists in the line. The line comes in a small package, which you need to put on the reel. If you move too fast or don't pay attention, you might discover your line becomes twisted or tangled. This might not sound like a problem, but it is if you need to quickly release the line while fishing. Tangles can prevent the line from moving smoothly from the reel and stop you from making a big catch.
Spinning reels are a little different because the reel hangs below the rod and the line comes from underneath the rod instead of above the rod like with most fishing reels. For this type, you'll need to turn the reel and handle until you can see which way it moves and determine which way the line moves. Then look for the end of your fishing line and lay it flat against the top of the reel. You might find it helpful to have someone else turn the reel as you feed the line onto it. Turn the reel in the direction you determined earlier and let the fishing line wind around it. When you reach the end of the fishing line, feed it through the end of the fishing pool and you're ready to go.
Article Written By Jennifer Eblin
Jennifer Eblin has been a full-time freelance writer since 2006. Her work has appeared on several websites, including Tool Box Tales and Zonder. Eblin received a master's degree in historic preservation from the Savannah College of Art and Design.