A Step-by-Step Guide: Adding Fishing Line to Your Spinning Reel with Ease

How to Add Fishing Line to Your Spinning Reel

The Importance of Properly Adding Fishing Line

Adding fishing line to your spinning reel might seem like a simple task, but doing it correctly is crucial for an optimal fishing experience. A properly spooled reel ensures smooth casting, reduces line twist and tangles, and increases the chances of landing that big catch. In this comprehensive guide, we will walk you through the step-by-step process of adding fishing line to your spinning reel like a pro.

Gather the Necessary Tools

Before starting, gather the following tools:

  • Spool of desired fishing line
  • Pair of scissors or a line cutter
  • Your spinning reel with an empty spool (if not already done)
  • A soft cloth or glove for grip during spooling (optional)

Selecting the Right Fishing Line

The choice of fishing line depends on various factors such as target species, water conditions, and personal preference. Monofilament lines are versatile and affordable while fluorocarbon offers excellent invisibility underwater. Braided lines provide exceptional strength but may require backing due to their low diameter. Consider these factors when selecting your fishing line before moving forward.

Prepping Your Reel for New Line Installation

If there is existing old or damaged line on your reel’s spool:

  1. Locate any knots securing the old line.
  2. Carefully cut off any remaining old-line using scissors or a suitable tool.

If your spinning reel has no existing line:

  1. You can skip steps one and two above.

Attaching the Line to the Spool

  1. Take your desired fishing line spool and find the loose tag end.
  2. Locate the bail arm on your spinning reel and open it fully, so it creates a straight line from rod to reel.
  3. Tie an arbor knot by looping the tag end around the spool’s arbor (center shaft) at least twice. Pull tight while ensuring no slack is left between wraps.

Spooling Your Reel with Fishing Line

  1. To avoid line twists, close the bail arm of your spinning reel. Holding onto both ends of your fishing line, apply slight tension throughout this process.

If Using Assistance:

  1. You can ask a friend or use a pencil inserted through one of its holes or eyes (depending on design) as an assistant for added control during spooling. Hold the pencil firmly in place using one hand while guiding and reeling in with another hand.

If Spooling Alone:

  1. Gently hold onto both ends of your fishing line using two hands – one near your spinning reel and another about a foot away towards where you will be placing tension during spooling.

Continue following these steps:

  1. Crank the handle slowly and evenly to begin filling up your spinning reel’s spool with fishing line. Ensure that each wrap overlaps slightly for maximum capacity without overfilling; this avoids problems like tangles and reduced casting performance later on.
  2. Finishing the Spooling Process

    1. Once you have almost filled the reel to its recommended capacity (usually around 1/8 inch from spool rim), stop cranking.
    2. Carefully cut the line, leaving a reasonable tag end of approximately one foot or more for future adjustments and potential re-spooling.
    3. If desired, secure the loose tag end using an appropriate knot like a clinch knot or double uni knot. Trim any excess line once securely tied – but always leave enough for future changes if needed.

    Inspecting Your Reel’s Line Placement

    After adding fishing line to your spinning reel, take a moment to ensure everything is in order:

      • The line should be wound evenly without overlapping on itself excessively.

    In Conclusion

    Adding fishing line to your spinning reel is not only necessary but also quite straightforward with a little practice. Properly spooled reels help prevent casting issues, enhance overall fishing experience, and increase chances of success on the water. By following this step-by-step guide, you can confidently add new fishing line to your spinning reel like an expert angler!