Reel It Right: A Step-by-Step Guide on How to Tie Fishing Line for Maximum Success!

How to Tie Fishing Line on Reel: A Step-by-Step Guide


If you’re an enthusiastic angler, knowing how to tie fishing line on a reel is an essential skill. Properly securing your line not only helps prevent lost fish but also ensures smooth casting and reeling. In this comprehensive guide, we will walk you through the step-by-step process of tying fishing line onto your reel.

Gather Your Materials

Before we dive into the specifics, let’s ensure you have everything you need:
1. Fishing line of suitable strength and type (monofilament or braided)
2. A fishing reel
3. Scissors or clippers for cutting the line
4. A clean surface to work on

Step 1: Determine Line Capacity

To begin, identify the recommended fishing line capacity that your specific reel can handle. This information is typically provided in pounds (lb) or yards (yd). Exceeding these limits may lead to decreased performance or even damage.

Step 2: Thread The Rod Guides

Take one end of your fishing line and thread it through each rod guide starting from the tip down towards the base of the rod until reaching the reel seat at its bottom.

Step 4: Attach The Line To The Reel Arbor

Securely fasten one end of your fishing line around the arbor—this is a small spool-like component located within your reel’s spool assembly.

a) Uni Knot Method:

One common technique is using a Uni knot:
– Form an overhand loop by passing about six inches of tag end behind and then over mainline.
– Pass tag end through loop formed above.
– Wrap tag end around both the mainline and tag end. Repeat this process four to six times.
– Moisten the knot, then carefully tighten by pulling both ends simultaneously.

b) Arbor Knot Method:

Another reliable method is using an Arbor knot:
– Make a loop by passing the tag end of your line over itself and around the arbor.
– Hold onto that loop while making a second one with the free end of your line. Pass it through the previous loop formed.
– Next, pass this same free end through its own loop once or twice.
– Moisten and cinch down tight.

Whichever method you choose, ensure that your knot is secure before proceeding.

Step 5: Wind The Line Onto The Reel

With the line attached to the reel’s arbor, slowly turn the reel’s handle clockwise to wind it onto spool evenly. Apply slight tension on line as it winds for optimal distribution across spool width.

Step 6: Trim Excess Line

Once you’ve wound sufficient line onto your reel—ensuring it doesn’t exceed its recommended capacity—use scissors or clippers to trim any excess fishing line approximately half an inch from where it connects with your newly loaded reel.


Congratulations! You have successfully tied fishing line on a reel following our step-by-step guide. Now you can head out confidently knowing that your fishing gear is ready for action. Remember to always check and replace worn-out lines regularly for optimal performance. Enjoy your time on the water and happy angling!