How Do You Stretch a Fishing Line?

If you’re an avid angler, you know the importance of stretching your fishing line. Stretching a fishing line is a crucial part of keeping it in good condition and ensuring that you’ll have a successful outing.

It’s important to stretch your fishing line regularly to ensure that it remains as supple and flexible as possible. Doing so will also help prevent little nicks and frays from developing in the line over time.

The best way to stretch a fishing line is to use your hands. Begin by unspooling the line from the reel and then attach one end of the line to something solid like a tree or post. Hold the other end of the line firmly and then pull it away from the fixed object, making sure to keep tension on it throughout.

You should feel some resistance as you pull, but be careful not to overstretch the line or break it by pulling too hard. You should be able to hear small “ticks” or “clicks” if you are stretching correctly. Once you have finished stretching, carefully roll up the new spool of line and return it to your reel for storage.

You may also choose to use special tools for stretching your fishing lines, such as a rod holder or an adjustable tensioner. These tools can be helpful for anglers with larger amounts of lines who prefer not to do all of their stretching by hand. A rod holder allows you to attach one end of your fishing line securely before pulling tight on it with your hands while an adjustable tensioner enables you to set specific amounts of tension on the lines while they are being stretched.


Stretching a fishing line is an important part of keeping it in good condition and improving its lifespan. The best way to stretch a fishing line is with your hands, though there are also special tools that can be used if desired. When stretching your fishing lines, always remember not to pull too hard or else you may risk breaking them.

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Lindsay Collins