The spinning reel is one of the many types of fishing reels in existence and is relatively easy to use compared to the baitcasting reel.
There’s a pretty good chance that the last time you restrung your spinning reel, you didn’t do it properly. If you’ve ever had a problem with line twists, it’s probably because your line was not properly treated before you put it on the reel.
When I first started fishing, I didn’t know how to string a spinning reel and it showed in my poles performance and the number of line twists I would get.
If your line is worn out and you need to rest your fishing reel, have you broken the wrong size line and want to change the fishing line, or have you got a new spinning reel, in this article, we will explain how to put a new line on your reel.
Eventually, you will see that it is easy to spool the reel!
Tackle boxes. Rods. Reels. How do you load a spinning reel?
It’s a rather simple process, but can be a little different from loading a spinning rod with a baitcasting reel.
In either case, the goal is to end up with your line properly loaded on your reel.
In this article, we’ll show you how to correctly load a spinning reel, as well as explain why and go over what you need so that the process is quick and easy.
A note about line selection
If you are spooling a mid-size spinning reel and want your fishing gauze to be larger than the almost 12-pound test, you should use a braid. If you decide to go with the braid, put a little mono on the spool first, (using the same steps described here).
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It prevents the braid from slipping on the spool. In another position, you can attach the braid to the mono using Uni Knot, and then spool up as mentioned below.
How to spool a spinning reel
This section gives you step-by-step instructions on how to place the line on the reel.
It helps to have another person around, but in the end, you have to do this process alone, so we focused on providing the steps to load the line yourself on the spinning reel.
Step 1: Attach the spinning reel to the rod
It is quite simple to install the fishing line on the spinning reel if the reel is attached to the rod.
Step 2: Run the spinning line through the first guide
Hold straight at the end of the line from the pool where it came from and run the line (towards the reel) through the first guide – the larger one mounted closest to the reel seat.
Step 3: Open the bail
You must remember to open the bail. You will be amazed at how often people skip this step. Then, after the line was carefully attached to the spool, they realized that it could not be taken by bail and it got back to this stage. Save yourself some trouble and remember to open the bail before you attach the line to the pool.
Step 4: Fix the line to the reel spool
Learning to line up a reel is very straightforward. You need to wrap the line twice around the reel spool, and then secure it with an over-the-hand knot. Close the tag end.
If you are resting your reel and the line there is worn out, you can choose to back up some part of the old line on the reel. If you do, you can connect the old line with the new line using UniNot.
This tip will save you some money as you rotate your reel, as it will take fewer new lines to fill the spool.
Step 5: Slowly start the winding line on the reel
Now, you can close the bail and slowly start rotating the handle. When you crank, the rotating bail reel also closes the lines on the spool.
Give a pause after just a few cranks, because it’s time for the most critical step: making sure the line spool is in the right direction.
Step 6: Watch your spool trend
There are three ways to stay line spool based and only one of them is correct. The results come in the remaining two line twists.
First of all, do not run the line directly from the spool yourself when spooling the byte caster. It needs to come with a spool face pointing towards you.
When describing how to place a line on a reel, some argue that the line should come in clockwise or counterclockwise. It’s confusing to explain to remember, so here’s a little trick.
Stand up and hold the rod parallel to the ground. Label Place the line spool in front of you or on the floor in front of you.
When you put a little tension on the line (with your hand, between the reel and the first guide), start cranking the reel. After spinning more than ten cranks, look for the line near the spool on the floor, and lower the rod to allow slack.
This is the moment of truth, and you will see one of two things. The loose line is neat on the floor, in relaxed loops, or, you see the loops twist themselves into coils. You will want to see the relaxed coils at that point, and if you do not, rotate the spool and repeat the test.
When you can crank ten times and then see the loose, relaxed coils on the floor, you’ve got it and you can move on. There is no need to remove any line to correct the twists that come in there; They’re too deep on the pool, it doesn’t matter.
Step 7: Crank continously until the reel spool is complete
Finally, all we have to do is fill the reel with lines. Look up, face the spool on the floor, hold the rod parallel, put a little tension on the line by holding it between the reel and the first guide, and slowly begin to crank. Receive speed and continue until the line reaches within 1/8 and 3/16 of an inch from the spool lip.
After that, you can clip the line, thread it through the rest of the rod guides and tie it to the bait.
Spooling up is easy!
We hope this article has provided you with all the information you need to properly place the fishing line on the reel.
Note that you can use the same procedure to put the fishing line on the spin-cast reels. The steps provided above mainly apply to spinning reels, which are open face reels, but the same steps you take when laying the line on closed face reels. Remember to run the line through the hole in the reel face.
Now that you know how to string a reel, you can resolve it anytime you need. Replace that worn line now – it’s easy to spool the reel if you follow the steps in the article!