How to Install Fishing Line on a Reel

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Things You'll Need

  • Fishing rod with reel
  • Fishing line
  • Pencil
  • Partner

Fishing is an outdoor activity that can provide many memories. Fishing refers to the act of catching fish using a rod, reel, tackle and bait. Different techniques and equipment are used to catch fish depending on the type of water. Setting up this equipment correctly may be intimidating, but catching a fish is rewarding. Fishing line requires specific knots in order to hold correctly. Installing line on the reel is the first step to setting up the fishing gear.

Thread the fishing line through the loop holes on the rod with your hand. Start with the top hole and thread the line through each hole down to the reel.

Open the bail on the spinning reel by flipping it to the open position with your hand.

Thread the line into the reel and loop it around the reel spool and bring it back into position to be able to tie a knot.

Wrap the end of the fishing line around the line coming from the spool three times in a circular pattern. There should be three loops. Pass the end of the fishing line inside the three loops just created to make a hang-mans noose knot.

Slide the noose down onto the reel spool with your hand. Tug on the knot to be sure the knot is tight.

Insert a pencil through the hole in the fishing line spool.

Have a partner hold the pencil with the fishing line spool installed keeping tension on the line.

Close the bail on the fishing reel with your hand. Turn the lever on the reel to reel the line onto the spool with your partner keeping pressure on the line. Keep the tip of the pole in line with the fishing line spool.

Refer to your fishing reel owners guide for the amount of line that should be installed. Continue reeling the line onto the reel until the suggested amount is installed.


About the Author

Living in Utah, Jared Curtis graduated in 2005 with a Bachelor of Science degree from Utah Valley University in Orem, Utah. Curtis is continuing his education in hard sciences to apply to medical school in the future. He began writing professionally in 2010, specializing in cabinet-related articles.

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