How to Put a Fishing Line to a Baitcasting Reel

Fishing reels are one of the most valuable assets for an angler. There are a wide array of fishing reels available in the market for different skill levels. The three major types of fishing reels include the baitcasting reels, spin-cast (closed face) reels, and spinning reels. Baitcasting reels are the oldest of the lot and are the top choice of experienced anglers.

They are much more challenging to use as compared to the spinning reels and spin-cast reels. However, with regular practice and experience, the baitcasting reels can provide productive and pleasant fishing experience. The free spool of the baitcasting reels lies perpendicular to the rod’s length.

Another crucial aspect of the baitcasting reels is that they tend to have larger gear ratios and higher drag systems as compared to other reels. This feature enables quick retrievals, maximum pressure, and large prey fishing. Amateur anglers might find this reel quite challenging to handle. However, the baitcasting reel is the best option for veteran anglers.

As opposed to the spinning reels, baitcasting reels sit above the rod and not beneath them. Baitcasting reels are perfect for big spools with heavy lines and heavy lures. They have a lot of power and provide an advanced level of casting precision and distance. The most popular types of lines available in the market are fluorocarbon, monofilament, and braided.

You can choose the best line based on your requirement. Please go through the step by step instruction guide on how to put a fishing line on a baitcasting reel. After going through these instructions, one step at a time, you can successfully put a line on the baitcasting reel.

Step 1: Identify the line capacity. You need to check that the line capacity is appropriate or not. The line capacity mentioned at the top of the reel is of significant importance.

Trying to use a line that has a bigger diameter that does not fit the reel might limit your casting distance.

Step 2: Next, you need to look out for a little hole in the reel. You can then run/ thread the new line through the line guide. The line guides are the tiny loops on the underside of the fishing rod. You can start threading the line from the end of the rod gradually pushing the line via the loops and pushing towards the reel.

Step 3: Wrap the line around the spool. Then, you can start knotting the line on the spool of the reel. Pull the end of the line towards yourself and Tie the line back together in an arbor knot.

The process is quite simple. First, tie a simple overhand knot in the tag end and then follow it by tying another overhand knot a few inches away from the first overhand knot at the tag end of the line. Now, pull both the knots against the reel tightly, and your arbor knot is ready. Once you got that nice and tight, you can cut the tag end off.

Step 4: Ask a friend to hold the spool for you. Then, stick a pencil through the center of the spool. You want the line to come off the top of the spool to prevent line twists. Ask the friend to put some tension on the line, and then you can put some pressure on the line as well and then just start reeling.

If you are not fond of manual spooling, you might as well purchase a reel spooler available in the market. You can also construct a makeshift spooler by placing the spool on a screwdriver pushed through a cardboard box.

Step 5: Place the fishing line and gently grip it between the thumb and index finger of one hand. Hold the fishing rod firmly with your other hand. You should exert maximum pressure on the fishing rod. Make sure that it is rigid and does not tangle onto the reel.

Step 6: Rotate the rod’s handle around 20 times. You will need to grip the line tightly while you turn the handle. This process will load the line into the reel. Ensure that the line is free of any twist, knots or tangles.

You must unspool the line if necessary to fix the problem of line twists and tangles. Then, you can pull the line back off the reel. Finally, tug the tangle on the loop of the reel to untangle it.

Step 7: Drop a line to check for any twists or knots. Observe the line falling towards the ground carefully. Turn the spool to make the label facing towards the floor. You can then resume filling the rod’s spool. However, don’t over spool the reel.

But how much fishing line to put on a baitcasting reel? You might want to know. Expert anglers suggest that the line must be 0.32 cm or (⅛ in) below the rim. Lastly, cut the line from the new spool and pinch the line between your thumb and index finger. This process makes sure that the line remains straight.

Step 8: You can use a rubber band around the line to secure the line to the reel. If your fishing reel has a tab on its edge, wrap it around the line for maximum safety. You are now all set for your fishing adventure. Happy fishing!