How To String A Fishing Pole: A Beginner’s Guide2021-08-06T09:17:07-04:00

How To String A Fishing Pole: A Beginner’s Guide

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Over time your line will start to wear, meaning it becomes less effective, and you need to learn the basics of spooning a fishing reel or line a fishing pole.

It’s a really simple process to learn, and once you practice it a few times, it will be a lifelong skill that will come in handy many time!

In this easy to follow guide, we will take you from start to finish in a simple 13 step process to answer the question of “how to put fishing line on a reel?”.

Be sure to stick around to the end to watch a video tutorial that will make the process and surefire success.

Without further hesitation, let’s dive right in!

How To Put Fishing Line On A Reel

Items You’ll Need

You will need some equipment to get you started, including;

  • Fishing Rod
  • Fishing Reel
  • Fishing Line in Braid or Mono
  • Sharp Scissors

Steps To Put Fishing Line On A Reel

    1. First, attach the reel to the rod. It will make it easier to line a spinning reel.
    2. Find the line guides on the rod and run the line through them.
    3. Take the end of the line to the reel.
    4. Open the bail arm. Do this before you attach the line to the spool.
    5. Wrap the line twice around the reel spool to attach it, then secure with an overhand knot.
    6. Cut the tag end close to the knot.
    7. Next, wind the line around the spool. Do so in the same direction that the reel turns.
    8. Close the bail arm and slowly turn the handle.
    9. Pay attention to ensure the line goes on the reel the same way it comes from the spool, or it will result in the one twisting and knotting.
    10. Crank the reel until the spool is full.
    11. Fill the reel with the fishing while adding tension on the one using your thumb and index finger.
    12. Continue until the line comes within 1-2 millimeters of the lip of the spool.
    13. Cut the line from the new spool, and you are finished.

Check Out This Tutorial On How To Put Fishing Line On A Spinning Reel

How To Put Fishing Line On A Casting Reel

    1. Lift the wire arm and remove any old ones. Baitcast reels don’t have a bail arm, so you can skip if you have a baitcasting reel.
    2. Locate the line guides; they are small hoops hanging off the side of the rod and run the fishing line through them.
    3. Start at the far end of the rod and push the line through the loops and towards the reel. On a Baitcast reel, find the level wind guide and feed the line through the line guides and level wind.
    4. Tie the line on the reel spool.
    5. Wrap the end of the fishing line over the spool
    6. Bring the end of the line back towards you and make an arbor knot with both lines. (to tie an arbor knot, first tie an overhand knot, then tie another overhand knot at the free end of the line making sure to pull both knots tight against the reel)
    7. Lower the wire arm. If the knot comes undone, redo the whole process.
    8. The fishing line must be loaded the same way the reel rotates, so pay attention to this.
    9. Drop the spool on the floor and make sure the label is facing towards you.
    10. Maintain constant pressure on the line as you grip with your thumb and index finger gently. The line will feel tight and won’t tangle if you are doing it correctly.
    11. Turn the reel handle and continue to grip the line as you crank the handle. Approximately 15-20 rotations should be sufficient to load the line into the reel. Avoid loading it with knots or tangles in the line.
    12. If loading correctly with no tests, turns or knots, fill the reel spool until nearly full. The line should be about 1-2 mm below the spool’s rim.
    13. Cut the new spool, and you are finished.

Check Out This Tutorial On How To Put Fishing Line On A Casting Reel


When you know exactly how to put one on a spinning reel, you can practice until you get it right in no time at all. The main takeaway of how to put a line on a fishing rod and spooling a spinning reel is to ensure the lines are loaded the same way the reel rotates and is free from any knots or twists.