How To Put A Fishing Line On A Reel


Putting a new fishing line on a reel is a task you’ll have to deal with sooner or later, even with the best fishing line. If your fishing line starts to wear out, it will get tangled easily and cause you some quite avoidable problems. This article will show you how to change a fishing line and how to put a line on a reel.

How Often Should You Change Your Fishing Line?

The simplest answer to this question is the moment you see the signs of wearing out. However, if you want to prevent it, it is recommended to change a fishing line at least once per fishing season.

Is There Any Difference Between The Rods?

No, there isn’t. The fishing line changing process is the same for all the rods out there, so it doesn’t matter which type of fishing rod you use, once you learn it, you’ll be able to do it anytime.

Spooling A Fishing Line

We’ll go through the three most used ways used to spool a fishing line onto the reel.

Guide Number One

Lift the wire arm to open the bail. Remove the old line.

Start from the far end of the rod and run your new line through the loops on the underside of your rod, until you reach the reel.

If you have a baitcasting rod, check for a little hole in the reel and guide the line through it, also,

Knot the line on the reel. Wrap the fishing line end over the spool, and after holding the end of the line and moving it towards you, tie it in an arbor knot (two overhand knots), and pull both knots tight. Also, check our guide on how to tie fishing knots.

Lower the wire arm to close the bail. Go as far as possible, to lock the line. Check if it becomes undone and if it does, open the bail and do the knot all over again.

Try the rod to learn the way the bail rotates and remember it, or write it down, as you’ll have to load the line the same way. Place the spool of the new fishing line down, label facing up, and alter the rod position if needed.

Take the line and hold it with your thumb and your index finger using your free hand, while you hold the rod in another. Make sure the pressure doesn’t drop. You’ll know you’re doing a good job if the line is rigid and it doesn’t tangle as it goes onto the reel.

Turn the handle about 10 to 20 times as you keep the pressure on the line along the way. This should be enough to load it. Just pay attention while you do it, so you can react in time if you spot a knot or a tangled part.

If you do spot it, pull the line back slowly, pull the loop where it got tangled and it should fix it.

Test for tangles by dropping the line. Let it go, and as it drops you’ll easily spot if there are any twists, loops, or similar stuff. While you do it, turn the new fishing line so the label faces down.

Once the rod’s spool is nearly full, pinch it between the thumb and index finger to keep it straight, and rotate the rod’s crank. Load the line until you almost fill the reel. When it reaches about 1/8 inches below the spool’s rim, cut the line so you remove it from the new spool.

Use the rubber band to secure the line to the reel. This is easy, just place the band around the line on the reel. In case there is a tab on the side, wrap the line around it to lock it.

Guide Number Two

Start by unscrewing the face of the reel and removing the top part of the reel. Twist it counter-clockwise until it becomes loose enough and pull it away, or press the button if there is one to remove it. Remove the old line using the handle.

Find the guide loops at the rod’s tip, and start moving the line through the loops in the direction of the reel.

Push the line to the hole located on the cap of the reel. Pick the cap up, run the line through the hole, but don’t attach the cap.

Learn the way the reel turns, and make sure the line follows it. Check the rod’s spool for a small hollow in the middle, and wrap the line around it twice to keep enough line to tie it in place.

Use the end of the line to tie it against the reel, so it stays firm. Before you continue, check if it is secure enough.

Hold the line using your thumb and index finger and with your free hand add a bit of pressure to prevent it from tangling.

Use the handle to load the line while holding it with your fingers and with a bit of pressure on it. Turn the handle the way you’ve loaded the line.

Don’t feel the reel up, leave about 1/8 inch hanging below the spool’s rim. It should hang with no slack.

Place the cover back to the reel and secure it by twisting it clockwise. If the cover stayed off, unwind all the thread. Just make sure you have enough space to keep it from getting tangled. Spool the line through the cover and onto the reel.

Cut the line off the spool to finish, use the scissors to cut the line that goes after the end of the tip, but make sure not to clip any line that goes under the guides.

Guide Number 3

This method is used for the fly fishing reels.

Get both fishing and backing lines. If you want a stronger line, add a leader line and tipping line.

Start by knotting the backing line to the reel. Wrap the end of the line to the spool groove, and take it back to your hand. Tie the end of the backing line to the rest of the line beyond the reel.

Feed the line following the reel-spinning direction. The line should always follow the reel.

Now you’ll need a helping hand. Have your assistant wear gloves and hold the line between their thumb and index finger while you spool it, with a bit of pressure applied to prevent tangling. Spool the backing line onto the reel. When it is somewhere between 50 and 60 yards out of the spool, wrap it tightly on the reel, and cut the line using scissors when done.

Use the fly line and knot it to the backing line by unwinding a bit of the fly line, pick the end of the backing line and tie them using the Albright knot.

Albright knot means you’ll make a loop with the backing line, run the lighter through and wrap it about 10 times over the heavier line towards the loop. Then, bring it back down through the loop and pull them tight.

Start winding the fly line until it almost fills the reel up. It should be about 1/8 inch under the reel’s lip. This is it unless you intend to add a leader line or a tippet line.

If You Add The Leader Line

Tie the fly to the leader line and wind it onto the reel. Try to get it as tight as possible over the fly line, so it protects your fly line.

Tension Is The Key

As you’ve probably noticed, keeping the tension up is important because it will prevent your line from getting tangled. The amount of pressure could differ – braided fused microfilament lines require more tension than nylon monofilaments to stop them from creating loops and knots.

To keep yourself from getting cut, it is recommended to wear gloves while you hold the line.

If Uncertain, Ask For Help

This may sound complicated at first, so if you’re uncertain about how to change a fishing line, feel free to ask for help at any fishing store near you. Once the professionals show you how to put a line on a reel, you’ll see it is not so hard as it may look, and you’ll be ready for the next time.

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