Reel It Right: A Step-by-Step Guide on How to Put New Fishing Line on Your Reel

The Importance of Properly Putting New Fishing Line on a Reel


Fishing is an enjoyable outdoor activity that allows you to connect with nature and unwind from the stresses of daily life. To ensure a successful and pleasant fishing experience, it is crucial to maintain your gear properly. One often overlooked aspect is putting new fishing line on a reel correctly. In this blog post, we will guide you through the step-by-step process of spooling new fishing line onto your reel, ensuring optimal performance and increasing your chances of landing that big catch.

Gather Your Materials

1. Selecting the Right Fishing Line

The first step in putting new fishing line on a reel involves selecting the appropriate type for your needs. Consider factors such as water conditions, target species, and personal preferences when choosing between monofilament, fluorocarbon, or braided lines.

2. Choosing the Correct Pound Test

Pound test refers to the amount of weight a fishing line can handle before breaking. It’s crucial to select an appropriate pound test based on factors like fish size and potential obstacles in your fishing environment. This ensures that you have enough strength without sacrificing sensitivity or casting distance.

Prepare Your Reel for Spooling

To start spooling new fishing line onto your reel:

A) Remove Old Line (if applicable)

If there is old or damaged line on your reel, carefully remove it by unwinding from the spool until completely empty.

B) Clean Your Reel (optional)

You may want to clean any dirt or debris from your reel’s spool using mild soap and warm water before adding fresh line. This ensures the smooth operation of your reel and prevents unnecessary wear on your new fishing line.

C) Attach Your Reel to a Rod

If not already attached, secure your fishing reel to a compatible rod following the manufacturer’s instructions. Make sure it is firmly in place before proceeding to avoid any inconvenience during spooling.

Spooling New Fishing Line Properly

1. Tie an Arbor Knot

The arbor knot secures the line to the spool, preventing slippage during use. To tie an arbor knot:

  1. Pass one end of your fishing line through the reel’s spool center hole.
  2. Create an overhand knot around the mainline using the tag end of the line.
  3. Tie another overhand knot with both ends, leaving a small loop that will snugly fit around your reel’s spool.
  4. Moisten and tighten the knots until they are secure but not overly tight or constricting.
    • Note: If using braided line or particularly slippery materials, consider adding an extra wrap for added security.

    2. Spool Your Reel Under Tension

    To ensure even distribution and avoid tangles while spooling:

    1. Grip your fishing line between thumb and forefinger about six inches above your reel handle.