Fishing can be relaxing and exciting, as well as social, if you partner up with friends or family members. Fishing is charming whether you are camping for a week or simply escaping your urban surroundings for a weekend. One important aspect of fishing is stringing a fishing pole. But how do you string a fishing pole properly?
It is used to be considered an easy but grinding task in the past. That’s because the options were limited. Line types, reel design, pole types, etc., were pretty straightforward without many varieties. Over time, fishing became a more popular sport, and the different companies introduced an abundance of fishing needs choices.
It almost feels challenging for a beginner to choose the proper set of equipment. However, with proper knowledge, it will be easy. Fishing as a whole is a pretty expanded topic. Here we will only talk about how to string a fishing pole properly.
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Understanding Different Reel Types
Fishing reels can be divided into three main groups.
Spin Cast Reels
All of the components of spin-cast reels are folded inside a cone-shaped casing. It’s inexpensive, easy to use but might not be as accurate as some other options.
It’s tricky to use for the first timer, but if you can get used to it then the accuracy is quite high. They are mostly used for heavier lines.
Easy to use, offers greater accuracy than other reel types. Thus, spinning reels are the most popular. Lighter weight lines are better suited for spinning reels.
Different Types Of Fishing Lines
It’s important to understand the types of lines available. Lines vary depending on fishing conditions, types of fishes, and fishing rods.
It consists of multiple fibers that are braided together. Good quality braided lines are thinner and less visible in the water.
Monofilament lines hold on reel spools very well and seldom slip within a knot. These lines are less visible to fish, which makes fishing much easier. It can tolerate more stress, but while stored on the reel, it takes on the rounded or curly shape.
A slightly modified form of the monofilament variant. The higher density and weight result in lesser slacks. It has less memory, so it keeps a straight shape. Best suited for the baitcasting reels.
Different Ways Of Stringing Reels
While stringing the reels is more or less a straightforward process, it does vary slightly based on the equipment, especially reels. With the proper combination of equipment and knowledge of how to handle them, it should be a breeze. While I cannot provide the parts, I can provide the knowledge. Here’s how to –
How To String Spinning Reels
- First, check the rotation of the bale as it varies depending on the brand.
- Check the new spool and take a look at the direction in which it unwraps.
- Make sure that your spool unwinds in the same direction as your reel rotates. It reduces the twist in the line. Flip the spool over if they don’t match. Otherwise, you may face trouble when casting off.
- Secure the new line onto the reel by lifting the bail arm and running the end of the new line through the guides on the road that leads to the real. Cover the line around the reel once and tie a simple overhand knot around the mainline.
- Tie another knot close to the tip of the loose end. It will prevent the line from coming undone.
- Trip off the excess line from the loose end. Low diameter tape can be safeguarded with electrical tape as opposed to bulky knots.
- Now close the bail arm.
- Set your new line between two fingers so that it maintains sufficient tension as you reel a few feet onto the reel.
- Now test to see if the line is being coiled in the same direction as the reel. Tip the rod towards the new spool on the floor. If not, then you have to start again.
- Use a soft, clean cotton cloth to hold the line. That way, you can reel quickly without hurting yourself.
- Remember, the reel should only be filled to approximately 1/8 inch from the rim.
How To String Baitcasting Reels
It usually requires two people if a reel filling station is not available.
- First, Place a pencil inside the new spool and ask someone to hold it for you. If you are alone, you can use a reel filling station. You can buy it at any tackle shop.
- Similar to the spinning reels, make sure the direction of the reel versus the direction of the spool is the same.
- Now slide the line through the line receiver and pull the line all the way to the end.
- Tie and secure the line in place. After that, trim off the excess.
- Now, hold the line between two fingers and gently cast it off the spool and onto the reel. Don’t forget to maintain a fair amount of tension so that the line is closely wrapped around the reel.
- Remember, the reel should only be filled to approximately 1/16 inch from the top of the rim.
How To String Spin Cast Reels
- Check the capacity of the reel. It should be printed on the reel itself.
- Now remove the cone of the spin cast reel and remove any remaining line before spooling.
- Set the direction of the spool the same as the direction that the reel rotates.
- Now run the line through the hole in the face of the reel.
- Raise the bail arm before running the end of the line through the rod guides and to the reel.
- Safeguard the line to the reel by wrapping it around the reel and tying a simple overhand knot around the mainline. After that, tie a second knot close to the tip of the free end. It will prevent it from coming loose. Cut the excess line of the loose end.
- Screw the front cone back onto the reel.
- Hold the line between two fingers, keep the line tight, and reel a few feet on.
- It’s a good idea to check how much you reeled on. You have to remove the face for that and Remember the reel should only be filled to approximately 1/8-inch from the rim.
- Screw the front cone back on and run the line through the rod, and it’s all done.
How To String Fly Reels
- First, we are going to attach our backing to our flying reel by using an arbor knot.
- Take the end of the line out of your spool through the reel and take it all the way around.
- Now, make another knot at a loose end to prevent the initial knot from coming loose.
- Cut the loose end of the arbor knot.
- Spool the line onto the reel.
- Safeguard the end of the backing line to your fly line by using an Albright knot.
- Slide the spool onto a stick. Then spool the fly line onto the reel but make sure not to overfill.
- Connect the leader line to the end of the fly line & it’s all done.
- Don’t forget to double-check your knots and make sure that they are secure.
When fishing, it is important to know the best way of spooling your fishing reel. It will depend on the reel and the line you are using. Some require a specific knot, while some lines are better suited for a specific rod. You should have an expertise to put line on the fishing reel.
So, it is a good idea to take some time and think about your situation. What I mean is to consider your fishing environment, type of fish, the season of the year, and other smaller details before actually buying the setup.
Taking the time, doing some research, or even talking to an expert can give you a lot of insight and thus assist you in deciding the best equipment for you. And that concludes our article on how to string a fishing pole.