How Do You Use a Fishing Rod Reel?

Using a fishing rod reel requires some practice, but overall it’s not difficult to master. To start, you must assemble the rod and reel.

This can be done by first attaching the reel to the rod, either with a screw or a snap-and-lock system. Once this is done, you should make sure the drag settings are correct for your type of fishing. For most basic fishing applications, you should set them to medium-light.

Once your rod and reel are assembled and ready to go, it’s time to start fishing! Begin by loading your line onto the spool of your reel.

Make sure that it is loaded evenly and securely so that it won’t tangle when you cast. When casting out, hold the rod firmly in one hand and use your other hand to flick or spin the handle of the reel in order to send out your line.

Once your lure is in place, you can begin retrieving your line by turning the handle of your reel in small circles while keeping tension on the line with your thumb. This will help ensure that you don’t get any tangles or snags while reeling in. As you pull on the line, make sure to keep an eye on it so that if a fish bites, you’ll be able to tell right away.

Once a fish has been hooked:

If a fish has been hooked on your line, keep tension on it with both hands while slowly reeling it in. The key here is patience – don’t try to yank or rush things as this will just cause more harm than good! Use slow but steady movements when reeling in so that the fish doesn’t get too stressed out and break free from its hook.

When landing:

Once you have successfully reeled in a fish, it’s time for landing.

To do this safely and humanely for both yourself and the fish, use one hand to cradle its head gently while using your other hand to support its body from underneath as you remove it from the water.


Using a fishing rod reel can take some practice but isn’t overly difficult once mastered. Assemble the rod and reel correctly before starting; then load up your line onto its spool before casting out into water. When retrieving line or landing a catch, keep tension on with both hands while also being gentle as possible.

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Emma Gibson