How Do You Put Fishing Line on a Spinning Reel?

Putting fishing line on a spinning reel is an essential step in getting ready to fish. It may seem intimidating if you are not familiar with the process but it is not too difficult once you understand the steps. Below, you will find an easy to follow guide on how to properly spool fishing line onto a spinning reel.

Step One: Select Your Line

The first step in setting up your spinning reel is to select the type of line that you would like to use. Monofilament, braided, and fluorocarbon lines all have their own unique characteristics and applications. Researching more on each type of line can help you decide which one will be best for your desired outcome.

Step Two: Measure and Cut

Once you have selected the type of line that works best for your needs, it is time to cut it. You want to make sure that your line is long enough for the entire spool, as well as any extra length that may be needed for tying knots or making casts. To prevent tangles, it is important to make sure that the ends are cut cleanly and evenly.

Step Three: Attaching Line To The Reel

Once your line has been cut and measured correctly, it’s time to attach it to the reel. Most spinning reels will have holes in them near the spool where you can thread your line through. Once you have threaded your line through these holes, tie an overhand knot around the spool so that the loose end of your line won’t unravel when casting or retrieving.

Step Four: Spooling The Line On The Reel

The next step in setting up your spinning reel is spooling on the fishing line itself. Make sure that when winding on new line, you are doing so in a neat manner so as not to create any tangles or knots along the way. Also remember not to fill up more than about two-thirds of the spool because this could cause problems when casting or retrieving.

Step Five: Finishing Up

Once all of your new fishing line has been successfully spooled onto your reel, it’s time for a final check. Spin your handle a few times and make sure there are no tangles or knots present. If everything looks good then you’re ready to go!




Putting fishing line on a spinning reel doesn’t need to be intimidating if done properly using these five simple steps – selecting quality fishing line; measuring and cutting; attaching; spooling; and finishing up with a final check – anyone can easily get their reel set up for success!


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Emma Gibson