How Do You Reline a Closed Face Fishing Pole?

Re-stringing a closed face fishing pole can seem like a daunting task, but with the right tools and knowledge, it’s a relatively simple process. To re-line a closed face fishing pole, you’ll need to have the proper line spooled onto the reel, as well as the tools to attach it. Here’s what you’ll need:

  • Closed Face Fishing Pole
  • Fishing Line
  • Clippers or Scissors
  • Adjustable Wrench
  • Permanent Marker

Step 1: Prepare the Reel and Line.
Before you begin, make sure you have the correct line for the weight of fish you plan on catching. You can usually find this information printed on your reel. Once you’ve chosen your line, spool it onto your reel until there’s about 6 inches of line left before it becomes full. Then thread this piece of line through all of the guides on your rod starting at the top and working down towards the reel.

Step 2: Remove Old Line.
Before attaching new line to your reel, you’ll need to remove any old line that may still be attached to it.

To do this, use an adjustable wrench to loosen up the screws on either side of the handle of your reel until they come off easily. Then carefully pull out any remaining line from within the reel.

Step 3: Attach New Line.
Once all old line has been removed from your fishing pole, thread one end of your new fishing line through both sides of handle and wrap it around several times before tightening with an adjustable wrench. Make sure that both sides are securely tightened so that no knots come undone.

Step 4: Cut Line.
Once new line is attached to both sides of handle, cut off any excess with scissors or clippers so that only 6 inches remain between handle and last guide on rod. Then use a permanent marker to draw a mark 6 inches from tip of rod so that you know exactly where to cut off excess when necessary.

Re-lining a closed face fishing pole is not difficult if you have all necessary tools and knowledge beforehand! With patience and practice, anyone can master this skill in no time.


Re-lining a closed face fishing pole requires patience and practice but is achievable with the right tools and knowledge. By following these four steps – preparing reel & line, removing old line, attaching new line, cutting off excess – anyone can easily re-line their own closed face fishing pole.

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Lindsay Collins