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How to Put Fishing Line on a Spincast Reel

by Anthony Potenza
Spincast reels are perfect for children.

Spincast reels are perfect for children.

A spincast reel is a fixed-spool fishing reel utilizing a conical cover that encloses the spool and helps to control the fishing line. Unlike spinning reels which sit below the rod handle, spincast reels are generally mounted above the rod. Spincast reels, also known as, closed-face reels, are commonly used by beginners and children since they are very easy to cast. Putting a fishing line on a spincast reel is a fairly easy process.

Attach the reel to the rod. This will make it easier to wind the line onto to reel.

Remove the cover by unscrewing it and put aside.

Insert the fishing line through the rod guides until you've passed the last guide.

Take the tag end of the line and make a knot at the end. Tighten the knot and clip off any excess. Form a loop at the end of the line big enough to fit around the reel spool and make a slip knot. Take the reel cover and run the loop through the cover opening. Now place the loop around the reel spool and pull the knot tight against the spool.

Replace the reel cover. Hold the fishing line between your thumb and forefinger to apply tension and wind the fishing line onto the reel. You may have to remove the reel cover to check when you have reached the spool's capacity.

Items you will need

  • Nail clipper or small scissors

About the Author

Anthony Potenza began writing in 1985 as a publicity and staff writer for 20th Century-Fox Film Corp. He has written a number of articles online, focusing on topics such as food and wine, photography, fly fishing and personal finance. He holds a Bachelor of Arts in English from New York University.

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