DIY Guide: Effortlessly Spool Fishing Line onto Reels in 5 Easy Steps!

How to Put Fishing Line on a Reel by Yourself


Fishing is not only an enjoyable pastime but also a great way to connect with nature. To fully enjoy your fishing experience, it’s crucial to have your fishing reel properly loaded with fishing line. While you may be accustomed to relying on others for this task, learning how to put fishing line on a reel by yourself can save you time and give you more control over your setup. In this blog post, we’ll guide you through the step-by-step process of loading your reel with fishing line.

Gather the Required Tools and Materials

Before starting the process, gather all the necessary tools and materials:

  • A new spool of appropriate fishing line (consider factors such as desired strength and type)
  • Your fishing reel
  • A pair of scissors or cutters specifically designed for braided lines (if applicable)
  • Clean cloth or paper towels for wiping off excess lubrication or dirt from the reel if needed

Selecting the Right Fishing Line Type and Strength

The success of your angling largely depends on selecting the right type of fishing line that matches your intended use:

Type of Fishing Lines:

  • Monofilament Line: Offers versatility, good knot strength, and buoyancy suitable for various fish species.
  • Braided Line: Known for its high sensitivity, low stretchability, superior strength-to-diameter ratio ideal for heavy-duty applications..
    Fluorocarbon Line: Great visibility in water, nearly invisible due to its refractive index similar to that of water, and excellent abrasion resistance..

Furthermore, consider the strength or pound-test rating (e.g., 8lb test or 20lb test) based on your target fish species and fishing conditions. Remember that different lines perform better under specific circumstances.

Removing Old Fishing Line (If Necessary)

If you are replacing an old fishing line from your reel:

  1. Step One: Cut the knot connecting the old line to your reel using scissors or cutters.
  2. Step Two: Pull off the remaining length of used fishing line until it is completely removed from your reel.

Loading Your Reel with New Fishing Line

Now comes the exciting part – loading a fresh spool of fishing line onto your reel:

  1. Step One: Firmly attach one end of the new fishing line to your empty reel’s spool. Most reels have a small hole where you can insert and secure the tag end of your line with a simple overhand knot or arbor knot.
  2. Note:If using monofilament or fluorocarbon lines, wrapping them around the spool multiple times before tying knots helps prevent slippage during heavy use.
  3. Step Two: To avoid tangling, hold onto both ends of the new fishing line coming out from its packaging while keeping tension between them; this prevents unnecessary twists as it unwinds itself off its original coil/spool container.

  4. Note :If using braided lines that tend to slip on the reel spool, you can use an adhesive tape or arbor knot to secure it before winding.
  5. Step Three: Start reeling in the new line onto your empty reel while maintaining tension. Apply light thumb pressure on the line as it winds around the spool to ensure even distribution and prevent slack.
  6. Note:You can use a cloth or paper towel to grip and apply friction on slippery lines if necessary.

  7. Step Four: Carefully wind the fishing line onto your reel until you reach a desirable amount of backing or leave some space between the line and spool rim (usually indicated by arrows or markings on reels).

Fishing Line Maintenance Tips

To extend your fishing line’s longevity, consider these maintenance tips:

  • Avoid exposing your fishing line to prolonged sunlight as it may weaken its strength over time..
    Avoid storing wet reels with loaded lines for extended periods; moisture promotes corrosion. Dry them thoroughly after each use using cloth or paper towels..
    Inspect regularly for any signs of wear, such as nicks, frays, or abrasions that could compromise its integrity during usage. Replace damaged sections promptly..

In Conclusion

Loading fishing line onto a reel by yourself might seem intimidating at first, but with proper guidance and practice, you’ll soon find it straightforward. The ability to perform this task independently allows you greater flexibility in enjoying angling whenever inspiration strikes. Remember to choose the appropriate fishing line type and strength based on your needs while adhering to proper maintenance practices outlined here. Now go have an amazing time casting off into new adventures!