How Do You Reel a New Fishing Line?

Reeling in a new fishing line can be a daunting task for a beginner angler. It requires the right technique and equipment to ensure that the line is correctly spooled onto the reel.

When done correctly, it will increase the length of cast and improve accuracy. Here are some steps to help you properly reel in a new fishing line.

Choosing the Right Reel

The first step is to choose the right reel for your needs. There are different types of reels available, such as spinning, baitcasting, and fly reels.

Spinning reels are best for casting light lures or bait, while baitcasting and fly reels are better suited for heavier lines or lures. Be sure to choose one that is easy to use and comfortable in your hand.

Tying On the Line

Once you have chosen your reel, it’s time to tie on your new line. Start by threading the end of your new line through the eyelets of your rod’s guides. Tie it securely with an appropriate knot such as an improved clinch knot or Palomar knot.

Spooling the Line

Now that you have tied on your new line, it’s time to spool it onto your reel. Start by securing the end of the line onto one side of your reel with a piece of tape or rubber band. Then slowly turn the handle while letting out enough line so that it wraps evenly around your spool without overlapping itself.

Testing The Line

Once you have finished spooling on your new fishing line, it’s important to test it before heading out on your next fishing trip. To do this, attach a weight (such as a lead weight) to the end of your line and cast it into open water. If everything is working properly, you should be able to feel when the weight hits bottom and when it starts to move again.


Reeling in a new fishing line can be intimidating if you don’t know what you’re doing but following these steps will ensure that you get it done correctly. Make sure to choose the right type of reel for your needs and tie on an appropriate knot before spooling on your new line and testing it before heading out on any fishing trips.

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Emma Gibson