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How to Tie a Fishing Line To Reel

Shahraz |

How to Tie a Fishing Line To Reel

Shahraz |

When you first start fishing, it can be confusing trying to figure out how to tie a fishing line to a reel. There are lots of different types of fishing reels, and each one has its own way of attaching the line. In this article, we will show you how to tie a fishing line to a reel. So the next time you're out there on the water, you can blaze through the first step fast and get right to fishing!

What Do You Need to Tie a Fishing Line to a Reel?

Before you actually start tying the line, you're going to need a few things. First, obviously, is the fishing reel. Make sure you have the appropriate type of reel for the type of fish you're trying to catch. The most common types of fishing reels are baitcasting, spinning, and spincast reels. Baitcasting reels are the most difficult to use, so if you're just starting out, you may want to avoid these until you get a little more practice. Try going for something simpler, like a spinning or spin cast reel.

Next, you'll need some fishing line. There are many different types and sizes of fishing lines, so again, make sure you have the right kind for the fish you're trying to catch. A good rule of thumb is that the heavier the fish, the heavier the line should be. You don't want to risk breaking your line and losing your fish! There are even specialty lines for different types of fishing, so if you're unsure, ask your local bait and tackle shop for advice. One of the best types of fishing lines is a braided fishing line, as it is very strong and resistant to being cut or frayed.

Last but not least, you'll need a sharp pair of scissors or a knife. This is for cutting the line once you've tied it to the reel. Not only that, but you'll need something to immediately cut off the line just in case it gets caught in something. Otherwise, you could wind up being pulled into the water, or worse, your fishing rod might break entirely.

Baitcaster reel

How to Tie a Fishing Line to a Reel

Now that we've been over everything, you will need to have to tie a fishing line to a reel. Let's go over how you can tie a fishing line to a reel.

Step your fishing reel and remove any old line that may be on it. Unscrew the cover or cap, whichever is appropriate for your type of reel. If you miss this step and try to put a new line on top of the old line, it will become a tangled mess very quickly.

 Cut off an appropriate length of the line. Again, the size will depend on the fish you're trying to catch and the weight limit of your line. You don't want the line to be too long or too short. A good rule of thumb is to leave about a foot (30 cm) of slack plus the length of your fishing rod.

Thread the end of the line through the eyelet on your reel. If you're having trouble with this, you can try wetting the end of the line to make it easier to manoeuvre. This is like threading a string through a large needle. Once it's through, wrap the end of the line around the spool a few times. Overlap in the start, so the line is able to hold on better.  

Tighten the line by pulling on both the reel and the end of the line. You want to make sure that there is no slack in the line. Otherwise, it will become tangled very easily.

Tie the end of the line to the reel using an overhand knot. This is a very common and simple knot to use, and it will hold the line securely to the reel.

How to Tie a Fishing Line to Different Types of Reels

While the general idea of tying a fishing line to a reel remains the same, the reels work.

Below is how to tie a fishing line to different types of reels.

Spincast Reel:

A spin-cast reel is a type of fishing reel that is encased in a housing. The line is stored on a spool inside the housing. To cast, you press a button on the side of the reel, which releases the line. This type of reel is very easy to use, making it a good choice for beginners.

To tie a fishing line to a spin cast reel, first, open the bail by flipping it up. This is the metal arm that goes around the spool.

Thread the line through the hole in the bail wire and then pull it tight. The line should now be secure.

Next, close the bail by flipping it back down. This will keep the line from coming off of the spool.

Finally, pull on the line to make sure it's secure, and there is no slack. You're now ready to start fishing.

Baitcasting Reel:

A baitcasting reel is a type of fishing reel that is mounted on top of the fishing rod. The line is usually stored on a spool that is in line with the rod. To cast, you use your thumb to release the line. This type of reel takes a bit of practice to use, but it's very versatile, and you can easily use it for a variety of different fishing styles.

To tie a fishing line to a baitcasting reel, first, open the bail by flipping it up. This is the metal arm that goes around the spool.

Thread the line directly through the tiny hole in the bail wire and then pull it tight. The line should now be secure.

Next, close the bail by flipping it back down. This will keep the line from coming off of the spool.

Finally, pull on the line to make sure it's secure, and there is no slack. You're now ready to start fishing.

The Bottom Line

Now you're ready to start fishing! Just make sure you practice using your reel before you go out on the water, as it can be difficult to use at first. With a little bit of practice, you'll be reeling in the big ones in no time!


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