How Do You Change the Line on a Fishing Reel?

Changing the line on a fishing reel is a simple process that anyone can do. It can be done in a few minutes, depending on the type of reel, and it is an essential step before any fishing trip. Whether you are using monofilament or braided line, changing it regularly will help ensure that you have a successful day out on the water.

The first step to changing the line on your reel is to remove the spool cover. If you have a spin-cast reel, this simply means unscrewing the knob at the top.

For spinning reels, you will need to open up the bail arm (the curved piece of metal that swings around when you turn the handle). Once these are open, remove any old line from the spool and discard.

Now it’s time to add new line. If you are using monofilament, begin by tying an arbor knot (or “bungee” knot) around the center of your spool. This knot will help ensure that your line stays securely in place while you’re winding it onto your reel.

Once your arbor knot is securely in place, begin winding your new line onto the spool with one hand while holding tension on it with your other hand. You want to make sure that there is no slack as this could cause problems later down the road. Wind until there is about 1/8 inch of space between each layer of line.

Finally, replace both covers on either side of your reel and give them a few turns to make sure they are secure. You should now be ready to hit the water!

Changing the line on a fishing reel is easy and only takes a few minutes. All you have to do is remove any old line from your spool, tie an arbor knot around its center, wind new line onto it with tension and then replace both covers once finished. With this simple process completed, you’ll be ready for another successful day out on the water!

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Lindsay Collins