It can be intimidating how to put fishing line on a reel, especially if you are just a beginner. But the thing is, you just have to take note of the steps and do follow them carefully. If you are just new, you do not need to concern yourself with a lot of customization since your primary goal is to put that line correctly on your reel.
Of course, before putting on a fishing line, you should first have the right line. Many lines with a lot of various weights are great, but still, it is best to use a line that corresponds to the weight of the fish. Let us imagine that you have the right fishing line, now what?
In this article, we are going to teach you how you can put a fishing line on to your reel. We are only going to give you three ways of doing it but rest assured that if you master these steps, you can tackle different reels. Also, in the process, you get to see the differences between the different types of fishing reels.
Cannot wait to go fishing? Well then, put on that fishing line using these steps!
What Are the Types of Fishing Reels: The Top Three
There are different kinds of fishing reels that we also lose count, but there are three types that are widely popular, and they are:
1. Spincast Reel
This is the simplest reel there is, which is why it is best for casual anglers or beginners. It is known for its simple push-button release but as simple as it is, there is still good casting accuracy, and it is effortless to get rid of tangles in this reel.
On the other hand, a disadvantage of this reel is its size; you really cannot put a lot of line in this reel. In relation to that, your cast may not be that far since you can only put a bit of fishing line. Therefore, it is best for catching small fishes.
2. Baitcast Reel
This is usually the default choice of anglers who do it for fun because it has a lot of power, so it will be great for distance casting. There are also light or heavy designs, which are great for different weights of fishes. Also, there is more accuracy and control in casting, but due to its design, it is best for anglers who have been fishing for quite some time.
At the same time, it can handle pound test lines that are a bit heavier. Therefore, it is an excellent midlevel reel because you can catch both small and big fishes with it. However, it takes a lot of getting used to, so it is harder to put in a fishing line with this.
3. Spinning Reel
This is another versatile reel, just like the baitcast reel. Its design is a bit more complicated because, in order to cast it, you have to flip a metal bail wire, and this will then release the line for casting.
Based on its name, it spins while your line is being retrieved. Once you get the hang of the casting bit, this reel is fairly easy to use. Lastly, it is great for artificial lures which are light and live fish baits.
How to Put Fishing Line on a Reel: The Three Ways
Let us now move on to the main event and go through the different steps.
1. Spool Line on a Spincast Reel
To spool a fishing line on a spincast reel, you must follow the following steps:
- Lift the wire arm to open the bail, and then you can remove the old line if there is such.
- Run the line through the line guides, which are the little loops hanging on the underside of the rod. You can start from the end of the rod, and then push the line through all the loops and link it towards the reel.
- Then, you have to knot the line on the reel spool. You can do so by wrapping the end of the line on the spool.
- Bring the end of the line towards you then tie the line with an arbor knot.
- Lower the wire arm to close the bail.
- You can then crank the handle to see where the bail will rotate. Make sure that you load the line on the same direction where it rotates.
- Grip the line using your thumb and index finger while making sure that there is tension.
- Slowly load in the line while cranking the handle until you get most of it loaded.
- You can then secure the line with a rubber band.
2. Spool Line on a Baitcast Reel
Spooling a baitcast reel is also the same as spooling a spincast reel, but you do not have to do the first step because you do not have to lift a wire arm to open the bail as baitcasters do not have one.
For step 2, you also have to look for a little hole in the reel, and you have to run the line through this hole to get to the bail. The rest of the steps are pretty much the same until you need to crank the handle. To properly crank it, you can use a pencil or ask someone else to hold it.
3. Spool Line on a Spinning Reel
If you need to spool fishing lines on a spinning reel, here are the things you need to do:
- Remove the old line until there is enough space for the new line.
- Leave some line in the spool through the rod guides and past the end of the rod to tie the new line.
- Tie the new line to the old one with two clinch knots.
- Lay the spool of the new line on the floor so that it can come off while it is feeding into the reel spool.
- Hold the line tightly just above the reel.
- Slowly reel it while making sure that the spool is tight.
- Fill the spool up to 1/8 inches of the spool lip.
Practice, Customize, and Experiment!
Now you know how to put fishing line on a reel, you have to keep on practicing. Once you master the steps, you can then customize the fishing line to the right tension and also experiment with different knots.