How to Put Fishing Line on a Reel: What You Need to Know

If you have had a fishing pole for a while, you may be finding yourself needing to know how to put fishing line on a reel. It may seem like a straightforward task, but it is imperative to know how to string a pole properly. To help you out, we have made this instructional guide on how to put fishing line on a reel.

Instructions

  1. Place fishing pole on a table or floor
  2. Run fishing line through the guide’s eye closest to the reel
  3. Tie line to reel using an arbor knot
  4. Reel in the line

What You’ll Need

  1. Fishing pole
  2. Spool of fishing line
  3. Scissors or razor

How to Put Fishing Line on a Reel

Has your fishing pole recently run out of line, but you don’t know how to string a fishing pole? Don’t worry, here’s an instructional guide on how to put fishing line on a reel:

1. Place the fishing pole on a table or floor

The first step to putting line on your reel is putting the fishing pole on a flat and sturdy surface. A table or floor is probably your best option.

As your pole lays on the flat surface, make sure that your bail is open. An open bail will allow you to tie the line to the reel. If the bail is closed, you will not have proper access to the bail.

2. Run fishing line through the rest of the guides’ eyes

As your pole sits on the before-mentioned surface, run the line from a separate spool through the guide’s eye closest to the pole’s handle. Do not run the line through the other guides.

3. Tie line to reel using an arbor knot

Once your line is through the guide closest to the handle, you will need to tie the line to the reel by using an arbor knot. Tying the knot will be the most difficult part of this process if you do not already know how to do so.

To begin the arbor knot, put the line around the reel. The line should be in the shape of a “U” with the real inside the curved part of the “U.”

Bring the tag end of the line over and then under the mainline. This motion will create a circle or loop around the reel.

Bring the tagline over the loop and pull it through. Do not pull the tagline all the way through, though. You want the loop to be loose. Place the tagline beside the mainline. You should now have another loop placed above the before-mentioned loop.

The top loop is called a slipknot. At this point, you will want to start tightening the slipknot. You do so by pulling on the mainline and tagline.

If you do not have a bit of tagline hanging from the slipknot, you will want to move it closer to the reel. You do so by pushing the knot towards the reel while pulling on the mainline.

Now, you will want to create an overhand knot. This knot will keep the line from sliding through as you pull the knot tight.

How to put fishing line on a reel

To complete the arbor knot, you must tighten the knot to the reel. You tighten the knot by pushing it towards the reel while pulling down on the mainline.  After the knot is tightened, the slipknot and overhand knot should be fastened together tightly.

If there is excess tagline hanging from the knot, you can use your scissors or razor blade to cut off the excess.

How to put fishing line on a reel

4. Reel in the line

With the arbor knot tied around the reel, it is time to move to the final step of reeling in the line. You will need to close the bail and pick up the fishing pole.

With the fishing pole in hand, start reeling in the line. Begin by reeling very slowly. Check to make sure that the line is coming off the spool in a counterclockwise direction. For most spools, the label will be facing upwards when the line is coming off counterclockwise.

Once you are sure that the line is coming off correctly, add a little pressure to the line. You can do this by pinching the line into the reel. The added pressure will help the line from tangling.

After that, just start reeling away. You will want to reel until there is about an eighth of an inch gap between the line and the end of the reel. When you see that gap, cut the line about 7-feet out and finish feeding the line through the rest of the guide.

Then, you’re all set to add a hook and some bait and get to fishing!

How to put fishing line on a reel

Frequently Asked Questions:

Here are frequently asked questions about putting fishing line on a reel:

Can I buy a pre-strung fishing pole?

Yes. Many fishing poles come with the line already strung.

Even if you buy a pre-strung pole though, you will need to know how to attach line to a reel yourself. AT some point, your poll will run out of line and need to restring it.

How often do I need to restring my fishing pole?

How often you restring your pole depends on how frequently you use your pole. Many fishers restring their pole two to three times a year, but you may need to restring it more or less frequently.

Conclusion

If you need to learn how to put fishing line on a reel, you’re in the right place. All you have to do is place the pole on a table, run the tag end through the guide, tie the line down with an arbor knot, and reel in the rest of the line. After that, you’re free to fish away!