How to Put Line on Reels

by Larry Anderson
Fresh fishing line ensures the line does not become weak and break.

Fresh fishing line ensures the line does not become weak and break.

Fishermen can buy bait-cast, spinning and spin-cast reels that come spooled with fishing line. But at some point, they need to be able to replace the line because it gets weak over time. Anglers who fish a few times per season can get by with putting new line on once a season. On the other hand, tournament fishermen often change their line once a week. While the process for putting line on the three reel types is similar, there are some key differences.

Bait-cast Reel

Combine a bait-cast reel with a bait-cast rod, which has a plastic trigger that hangs below the reel seat.

Insert the fishing line into the tip of the rod and pull it through. Repeat the process for each line guide until you get to the reel.

Slide the line through the line guide on the front of the bait-cast reel and underneath the spool. Loop the line around the spool twice and then tie a knot to attach the line to the spool.

Turn the handle of the bait-cast reel clockwise to put line on the reel. Crank line on until the line is 1/8- to 1/4-inch below the rim of the spool.

Cut the fishing line 2 feet beyond the tip of the rod.

Spin-cast Reel

Combine the spin-cast reel with a fishing rod. The best rods for spin-casters have a plastic trigger that hangs beneath the reel seat.

Insert the fishing line into the tip of the rod and pull it through. Repeat the process for each line guide until you get to the reel.

Grab the face of the reel and turn it counterclockwise to remove it. Pull it off the reel. Thread the line through the line guide, which is the small circle on the front of the face of the reel.

Wrap the fishing line two times around the spin-cast reel spool. Secure it with a knot. Reel line onto the spool until the line is between 1/8- and 1/4-inch from the top of the spool.

Screw the cover back onto the reel. Cut the line 2 feet beyond the tip of the fishing rod.

Spinning Reel

Combine the spinning reel with a spinning rod, which does not have the trigger on it.

Insert the fishing line into the tip of the rod and pull it through. Repeat the process for each line guide until you get to the reel. Flip the bail of the reel up.

Wrap the line around the spool of the spinning reel two times, and then secure it with a knot.

Grab the handle of the reel and turn it one rotation clockwise. Note the direction the spool spins. Lay the fishing line on the ground so it comes off the spool in the same direction. Turn the reel handle clockwise until the fishing line is within 1/8- to 1/4-inch of the top of the reel spool.

Flip the bail down to close it. Cut the fishing line 2 feet beyond the tip of the spinning rod.

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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