Unlock the Art of Tying Fishing Line to Baitcast Reel like a Pro: Step-by-Step Guide

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


If you’re new to fishing or want to try a baitcasting reel for the first time, knowing how to tie your fishing line properly is crucial. In this guide, we will walk you through the step-by-step process of tying your fishing line securely onto a baitcast reel. So let’s get started!

Materials Needed

Before we dive into the steps, make sure you have these materials handy:

– Baitcast reel
– Fishing line (appropriate for your target fish species)
– Pair of scissors or nail clippers

Now that you have everything ready, let’s move on.

Step 1: Choose the Right Fishing Line

The first step in tying your fishing line is choosing the right type and strength based on your target fish species and preferred fishing method. Monofilament lines are popular due to their versatility and affordability, while braided lines offer superior strength but may require additional techniques when tying knots.

Step 2: Thread Your Line Through the Rod Guides

Starting at the tip of your rod, thread the end of your fishing line through each rod guide until it reaches the reel seat. Ensure that there are no tangles or twists along its path.

Step 3: Attach Arbor Knot around Spool Arbor

To secure your line onto the spool arbor (the cylindrical part in which you wind up excess line), create an arbor knot by following these simple steps:

1. Take about six inches of tag end from your mainline and double it back against itself.
2. Begin wrapping this doubled-back section around both sides of the mainline and over itself.
– Make five to seven wraps with the tag end around the mainline and the spool arbor.
3. Pass the tag end through the loop formed above the wraps, then pull it tight to close the knot.
4. Ensure that your knot is secure but not overly tightened, as it may cause line breakage or affect casting performance.

Step 4: Spool Your Line onto Baitcast Reel

With your fishing line properly attached to the spool arbor, you can now begin winding it onto your baitcast reel by following these steps:

1. Hold your rod at a slight angle with one hand while using your other hand to apply gentle pressure on the line spool.
2. Engage the reel’s handle and start cranking slowly but steadily.
– Make sure that you maintain tension on both sides of the reel as you wind, ensuring even distribution across its width.
– Avoid overfilling or underfilling; aim for about an eighth-inch gap between filled line and spool rim.

Step 5: Cut off Excess Line

Once you have successfully filled up your baitcast reel with enough fishing line, use a pair of scissors or nail clippers to cut off any excess beyond a reasonable length (about 1/8 inch) from where it connects to both rod guides and lure.


Tying fishing lines onto baitcast reels may seem daunting at first, but with this step-by-step guide, you’ll be able to do so confidently and effectively. Remember always to choose suitable fishing lines for specific situations and follow best practices when securing them onto your reel.

Now that you know how to tie fishing line onto a baitcast reel correctly, get out there and enjoy reeling in those fish! Happy angling!