Gone Outdoors

How to Install New Fishing Line on a Shakespeare Tiger

by Larry Anderson

Shakespeare produces the Tiger fishing rods in both spinning and baitcasting models. The rods are available in a wide variety of sizes and strengths, which means anglers use them to target small fish like crappies and sunfish, as well as large fish like muskies and northern pike. Anglers of all skill levels fish with Tiger rods, but like any rod, they must have line on them before they can be used for fishing.

Spinning Rod

Pair the Tiger rod with a spinning reel. Spinning rods are those without a trigger-shaped plastic piece hanging below the handle. Spinning reels hang below the handle. A metal bale opens and closes to allow casting.

Thread fishing line through the rod guide on the tip of the pole, then through each of the other rod guides.

Flip up the bale of the spinning reel.

Wrap the fishing line around the spool twice, and then tie a knot so the line rests tightly against the spool. Snip extra line above the knot, save for an eighth of an inch.

Flip the bale of the reel down, then turn the reel handle clockwise. Continue turning the reel handle until the fishing line is within an eighth an inch of the rim of the spool.

Cut the line so 15 inches hangs from the tip of the rod.

Baitcasting Rod

Attach a baitcasting reel to the baitcasting Tiger rod. This type of rod has a trigger-shaped piece of plastic beneath the handle.

Thread the line through each of the line guides, beginning with the tip.

Insert the line through the circle-shaped line guide at the front of the reel, and then wrap the line around the spool two times. Tie a knot so the line is firm on the spool. Cut any extra line above the knot, save for an eighth of an inch.

Turn the reel handle clockwise until the line is within an eighth of an inch of the rim of the spool.

Snip the line so 15 inches hangs off of the tip of the rod.

Items you will need
  • Fishing line
  • Rod and reel
  • Scissors

About the Author

Larry Anderson has been a freelance writer since 2000. He has covered a wide variety of topics, from golf and baseball to hunting and fishing. His work has appeared in numerous print and online publications, including "Fargo Forum" newspaper. Anderson holds a Bachelor of Arts in print journalism from Concordia College.

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