Gone Outdoors

How to String Your Daiwa Reel

by Dave P. Fisher

Daiwa reels are one of the most popular spinning reels on the market. Spinning reels have an advantage over casting reels in that they are easy to load with monofilament line and don't backlash, which causes huge tangles of line. Once properly strung, a Daiwa spinning reel controls the casting and retrieving of line by the up and down motion of the line spool when the reel handle is turned. Applying a light amount of tension on the line while it is being loaded is important to ensure that the line flows smoothly.

Mount the reel on the rod handle and lock it in place. If the rod is a two-piece, use only the bottom half of the rod with the reel seat and one large line guide on it.

Clamp the end of the rod handle between your knees, flip over and lock the bail on the reel in the open casting position. Pull the end of the line from the monofilament spool, run it through the line guide from the top and pull the line down to the reel.

Wrap the line once around the reel spool and tie an overhand knot by bringing the end of the line over and under the line leading out of the reel. Bring the end of the line back over and tie another overhand knot on top of the first. Pull the knot tight, pull the line leading away from the spool until the tied loop is snug around the reel spool and then clip the excess end off the line just above the knot.

Slip a pencil through the hole in the spool of monofilament and have a second person hold the pencil, with a hand on each side of the spool, and apply light tension to the spool while the person with the rod is reeling the line onto the spool.

Move the reel handle forward to snap the bail closed and reel the line onto the reel spool until the spool is filled even with the top edge of the spool. Cut the line free from the monofilament spool and tie the end off to the line guide or reel the line fully onto the spool and lock it down with a rubber band.

Items you will need
  • Fishing rod
  • Spool of monofilament line


  • If the rod being used to string the reel is a solid one-piece, only run the line through the lower guide just as with a two-piece rod.
  • If a second person is not available to help hold the monofilament spool, you can do it alone by letting the spool bounce on the floor while you apply finger and thumb pressure to the line between the reel and line guide while clamping the rod handle between your knees.
  • There is a tool available that locks onto the rod and holds a monofilament spool with a tension adjustment knob on it. This is a good tool to use for stringing a reel alone.
  • You don't have to move the line up and down to get it loaded evenly on the reel spool. The bail and reel spool moving up and down will wind the line on evenly.


  • Do not reel the line onto the reel spool too tightly; this is caused by putting too much tension on the monofilament spool. The coils of line will lock into each other and make casting difficult.
  • It is just as bad to apply too little tension and end up with the reel filled with coils of line that will tangle and bounce off the reel spool. Use an even, light tension.


  • "Tackle Care: The Tackle Maintenance Handbook;" C. Boyd Pfeiffer; 1987

About the Author

Dave P. Fisher is an internationally published and award-winning Western novelist and short-story writer. His work has appeared in several anthologies and his nonfiction articles in outdoor magazines. An avid outdoorsman, Fisher has more than 40 years of experience as a hunter, trapper, fisherman, taxidermist, professional fly-tyer, horsepacker and guide.

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