How to Put Fishing Line on a Spinning Reel

A fishing reel is one of the essential pieces of equipment for an angler. Among the various fishing reels available in the market, spinning reels are quite popular. Spinning reels are easy to use and work great for every skill level.

However, the amateur anglers generally upgrade to spinning reels after using the spin-cast reels for a while. The spinning reels are not as powerful as the baitcasting reels, but they perfect for light and casual fishing. These reels get used in different fishing conditions.

The spinning reels hang below and parallel to the fishing rod whereas the drag adjustment is at the front of the reel. You can just take the bail off and move the bail arm to the open position. This movement allows the line to unspool freely. The angler should maintain their finger position on the open line while casting.

Once the bail arm gets opened, the line gets unspooled freely. These reels are best for when you use light baits. There are various types of lines available for your spinning reel. Braided, monofilament and fluorocarbon are some of the most famous lines available in the market.

You can choose the best fishing line according to your requirement. How to put a fishing line on a spinning reel? You might want to know. The step by step instruction guide below will make you understand the basics of placing a fishing line on a spinning reel.

This article will also let you know how much fishing line to put on a spinning reel. Follow these simple steps, one at a time. By the end of it, you can successfully put a new line on a spinning reel all by yourself.

Step 1: Check the line capacity. Identifying the line appropriate line capacity is significant. The line capacity mentioned at the top of the reel, If you use a line that does not fit the reel, it might limit your casting distance.

Step 2: Lift the wire arm and Open then bail. The tiny wire arm on the spinning reel is the bail. You can easily lift the line upwards, and this opens the bail. If you lift it down the bail gets closed. Remove any old lines in place if necessary.

Step 3: You can then run the new line with the help of a line guide. The line guides are the tiny loops on the underside of the fishing rod. You can start from the end of the rod gradually pushing the line via loops and pushing towards the reel.

Step 4: Wrap the line around the reel and Start knotting the line on the spool of the reel. Then, carefully wrap around the end of the fishing line over the spool. This wrapping identifies the middle of the reel. Pull the end of the line towards yourself.

Tie the line back together in an arbor knot. First, you should tie an overhand knot and then and then follow it by tying another overhand knot at the tag end of the line. Finally, pull both the knots against the reel tightly.

Step 5: Lower the bail and shut the wire arm. Exert maximum pressure to pull the wire arm down. Pull it as far it can go. Pulling the wire arm locks the line in place. Redo the knot if the line comes undone. For that, you will need to lift the bail and start over again.

Step 6: Twist the fishing rod’s handle to figure out the bail’s direction. The line has to get loaded in the same direction as the one in which bail rotates. You need to drop the spool of new fishing line on the ground. Keep the label facing upwards and balance the position of the rod.

This process is the best way to ensure that the line gets loaded correctly. In case of clockwise bail rotation, stand towards the left of the spool. In such a case, the line wraps around in a clockwise direction. If the bail rotates anti-clockwise, stand to the right of the spool.

Step 7: Grip the fishing line gently between the thumb and index finger of your preferred hand. Use the other hand, to hold the fishing rod firmly. Maintain constant pressure on the fishing rod. The line must feel rigid and must not tangle onto the reel.

Step 8: Rotate the fishing rod’s handle at least 20 times. Grip the line as you crank the handle. The rotations will load the line into the reel. Ensure that the line doesn’t have any knots or tangles. If any knots or tangles occur, you can unspool the line to fix the problem. For this, carefully pull the line back off the reel. Then tug on the tangled loop, and it will untangle itself.

Step 9: You can finally drop the line. Observe it falling towards the ground and look out for any twists or knots in the line. Turn the spool as the label must face towards the floor. Ensure that the line is loading continuously in the direction of the bail’s rotation.

Step 10: Continue filling the rod’s spool but make sure to stop before it gets completely full. Then you can pinch the line between your thumb and index finger. This process ensures the line remains straight. Rotate the rod’s crank and load the line. The line must be 0.32 cm or (⅛ in) below the rim. Finally, snip the line from the new spool.

Step 11: Safeguard the line to the reel. You can use a rubber band around the line to maintain its place on the reel. In case your fishing reel has a tab on its edge, you can also wrap around the line more maximum protection.