How Do You Set Up a Shakespeare Fishing Line?

Setting up a Shakespeare fishing line can be a very simple process if you are familiar with the basics of knot tying. Shakespeare fishing lines require two different types of knots to tie them to your rod and reel – the uni knot and the improved clinch knot. Both knots are easy to learn and use, and they will provide a secure connection between your line and your equipment.

To begin setting up your Shakespeare fishing line, you will need the following tools: a pair of scissors, a measuring tape, and some monofilament or braided line. Start by cutting the line to the desired length.

You will want to make sure that it is long enough so that when you tie it onto your rod and reel, there will be at least 2-3 feet of slack line left over. This extra line is necessary for tying knots securely.

Next, you will need to tie your first knot – the uni knot. To do this, start by making a loop in the end of your line about 4-6 inches from the end.

Then take the tag end (the remaining piece of line) and pass it through the loop three times before tightening it down with a series of half hitches. Pulling on both ends should tighten down the knot securely.

Once you have tied your uni knot, you can move on to tying an improved clinch knot for connecting your line to your reel and rod. To start this knot, make an overhand loop in one end of your line about 6-8 inches from its end while leaving 3-4 inches at its tip free for later use.

Then take the other end of your line and thread it through this loop four times before pulling tight on both ends to secure it in place. Finally, take that extra 3-4 inch piece at its tip (from earlier) and pass it through this loop before pulling tight on both ends again to finish off this improved clinch knot securely.


Setting up a Shakespeare fishing line is not difficult if you understand how to tie basic knots like the uni knot and improved clinch knot properly. With just a few simple tools like scissors, measuring tape, and monofilament/braided line on hand, you can easily set up a reliable fishing rig for yourself or someone else in no time.

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Michael Allen