How Do You Spool Fishing Line on a Reel?

Fishing with a spinning reel is an enjoyable and rewarding way to spend time outdoors. Spooling fishing line onto a reel is an essential part of the process. It takes a bit of practice to get it right, but it’s not difficult if you follow some simple steps.

To begin, you need the right supplies. You’ll need a new spool of fishing line, scissors, and a rag or cloth to wipe off any excess oil from the reel. It’s also helpful to have an old toothbrush on hand to clean out any debris or dirt from the reel before you spool.

Step 1: Prepare the Reel

Take off the side plate of your reel and use the toothbrush to clean out any dirt or debris inside. Wipe down the spool and line roller with a dry rag or cloth, making sure there are no oil residues left behind. This will help ensure that your new line will be free of any obstruction.

Step 2: Attach Line To Reel

Once your reel is ready for action, attach your new spool of fishing line by threading it through the rod guides and tying it onto the spool. Make sure that you leave enough slack in the line so that it doesn’t become too tight when you start winding.

Step 3: Wind The Line Onto Reel

Once you have attached the line to your reel, start winding it on in one direction only. As you wind, use your thumb and forefinger to keep tension on the line so that it doesn’t become too tight or too loose on your spool. When winding, make sure that each layer is evenly spaced around the entire circumference of your spool.

Step 4: Secure Line & Test

Securely tie off, and cut off any excess line with scissors. Your fishing line should now be properly spooled onto your spinning reel!

Finally, test out your new setup by casting out into open water and pulling in some fish!


Spooling fishing line onto a spinning reel does not have to be a difficult task as long as you have all of the necessary tools and supplies. By following these simple steps, anyone can quickly master how to spool fishing line onto their spinning reels for an enjoyable day at sea!

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Lindsay Collins