Reeling in Success: A Comprehensive Guide on How to String a Fishing Reel

How to String a Fishing Reel: A Step-by-Step Guide


Fishing is not just a hobby; it’s an art that requires knowledge and practice. And one of the most important aspects of fishing is knowing how to properly string your fishing reel. In this comprehensive guide, we will walk you through the step-by-step process of stringing a fishing reel efficiently and effectively.

Gather Your Supplies:

Before diving into the actual process, let’s make sure you have all the necessary tools at hand:

1. Fishing line (appropriate for your reel)
2. Scissors or line cutter
3. New hook or lure (optional)
4. Soft cloth

Selecting the Right Fishing Line:

Choosing the correct fishing line for your specific needs can significantly impact your angling success. Consider factors such as line strength, visibility, and sensitivity when making this decision.

Step 1: Removing Old Line

Begin by cutting off any remaining old line from your reel using scissors or a dedicated line cutter. Dispose of it responsibly.

Step 2: Preparing Your Reel

To ensure optimal performance, clean your reel with a soft cloth before starting with fresh line installation.

A) Opening Bail Arm

Locate the bail arm on top of your spinning reel and flip it open until it stays in position parallel to the rod blank.

B) Tie-off Point Preparation

Identify where you need to tie off your new fishing line – either around the spool arbor or directly onto its inner stem (consult manufacturer guidelines if unsure).

i) Tying Off Around Spool Arbor

Wrap several turns of backing material around spool arbor before securing knot tightly.

ii) Tying Off onto Spool Inner Stem

Tie a strong and secure knot, such as an Arbor knot or Uni knot, directly onto the spool’s inner stem.

Step 3: Attaching New Line to Reel

Now it’s time to attach your new fishing line to the reel. Follow these steps for a hassle-free connection:

A) Securing Knot (Arbor Knot)

If tying off around the spool arbor, wrap the tag end of your line around the mainline five or six times. Pass tag end through loop created behind the wrapped section before pulling both ends firmly in opposite directions.

B) Securing Knot (Uni Knot)

For tying off onto spool’s inner stem using a Uni knot, pass line twice through eyelet and make six wraps around mainline. Thread tag end through first loop above eyelet and then back through large loop just formed. Wet lines before tightening knots.

Step 4: Winding New Line Onto Reel

Properly winding your new fishing line onto the reel is crucial to ensure optimal casting performance:

1. Place your supply of fresh line on an even surface (such as on top of a box).
2. Keep tension on the line by holding it gently with one hand.
3. Slowly turn handle clockwise to retrieve line evenly while applying slight pressure with index finger against front edge of rod blank.
4. Continue reeling until desired amount of new line fills up about two-thirds of your reel’s spool capacity (avoid overfilling).


Congratulations! You have successfully learned how to string a fishing reel from scratch without any complications or confusion. By following this step-by-step guide, you can ensure that your next fishing adventure will be a smooth and enjoyable experience. Remember, practice makes perfect, so keep refining your skills and enjoy the thrill of casting with confidence!