How to put a line on a spinning reel

Properly wound spinning reels give you the chance to catch large reels in the water. On the other hand, a spool of thread with a bad twist or knot can go home empty-handed. Don’t worry; we are here to help you avoid this! This article will explain everything you need to know, including how to choose the best rope, load it on a reel and wind it correctly.

How many types of fishing reels are available

How to put a line on a spinning reel


There are two main groups of rollers: rotation and flight.

There are three types of thread spools to focus on.

  • Spin cast – This type of reel is completely closed. All parts are under the cover, and the line goes through a small opening. Suitable for beginners, and children. The main issues are accuracy and distance. You can efficiently operate it by pressing the button on the back when pouring and repeating the same button.
  • Bait  casting – Most challenging to use and not recommended for beginners. The reel is spinning during casting. If not adequately controlled, the lines will be confused. Ideal for thick lines and baits. Very accurate.
  • Spinning-This is widely used and popular with beginners. Easy to install and use. Since the line capacity is large, you can make a very long line. The only problem is to use thick lines. In this case, this reel will not perform at its best. You dcan get a spare spool an quickly replace it on the spot. Unlike the spin casts mentioned above, they have an open surface.

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Drag Adjustment

How to put a line on a spinning reel

Mechanisms can be used to adjust the drag felt by the fish as it draws the line. This is important because too much drag can damage or break the wire.

Now that you know which type of reel is typical let’s talk about placing a new line on your fishing reel. You can also see the main parts of the bobbin here.

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How to place / spool a thread, feeder, or another spool line?

First, choose the line that suits your needs. There are different types of lines, and they behave differently when used.

  • Monofilament – Flexible, suitable for float/ladder use, and compatible with live bait.
  • Fluorocarbons-hard to see, ideal for calm water, inflexible. It goes well with the same bait as the previous one.
  • Braid-Visible and sinks very slowly. Ideal for water feeding. The line consists of several thin lines that are intertwined. It is inflexible and hard to break. Longer casting distances can be achieved.

Once you have decided which rope to use, try installing it on a fishing reel.

1. Your Choosing Line

Use a monofilament line if you’ll be fishing with floating baits: you will fish with floating baits; use a monofilament line. Monofilament lines are single-stranded lines with a great deal of stretching. Tensioning helps keep the hook fixed in the mouth of the fish by increasing the rope’s flexibility.

  1. Mono lines also work if you’re using a jig or live bait.

Pick fluorocarbon lines if you’ll be fishing in calm, shallow waters: you are fishing in clear and shallow waters, choose the fluorocarbon line. These lines work very well as the fish are difficult to see underwater. Similar to a monofilament line, but with less elongation and better wear resistance. This line is also susceptible to minor bites and bottom contact.

  1. Fluorocarbon lines are considered a type of monofilament line and are ideal for jigs, live baits, or fishing in clear waters.

Choose braided lines if you’re bottom fishing: Braided lines create a single line of synthetic material braided in different lengths, making them ideal for creating wider cast distances. This line provides better breaking strength and does not stretch.

  1. Be careful when using it as the lines are visible and easy to float.

       It sinks slowly, making it ideal for using water baits.

2. Loading the Reel

Determine if the reel turns clockwise or counterclockwise: The easiest way to do this is to hold the reel as if you were fishing. Turn the wheel at least a couple of times to see if the spool is spinning clockwise or counterclockwise. This is how the rope is wound on a reel. The opposite direction is how the rope slides off the spool when it is turned.

  1. Spinning reels are designed to hang from the rod and do not rest on the rod-like spin casting and feed casting reels.
  2. To hold the reel properly when it is not attached to the rod, wrap the casting hand’s fingers around the mounting rod and hang the reel from that hand while winding the reel with the other hand.

Open the bail by flipping the small handle up:

Bail holds a small wire that rotates up and down to open and close. When you’re done, turn the bail up to open it and down to complete it. If you notice an old wire on the reel, you need to remove it at this point.

String your line straight through the guides and secure it: A guide is a series of small circles that align the bar’s bottom and hold the tube in place. Use arbor knots to secure the line to the reel. Cut extra lines with a line cutter and leave additional lines at least 1⁄4 inches (0.64 cm) from where you tie the knot.

You can also cut the line with scissors.

  1. To tie a gazebo knot, wrap a rope around the gazebo and tie a knot to a fixed-line. At the end of the tag, tie a second overhand knot about 2.5 cm from the first overhand knot. To move the first knot to the spool, pull the fixed rope to move the double knot to the first knot.

3. Spooling your Reel

Close the bail and place the spool on the floor: Close the bail and place it on the floor. To ensure that the line fits properly on the reel, lay the spool flat on the floor with the label facing up. The spools must be aligned so that the lines deviate from the spools as they enter the reels.

  1. If the wires are twisted or not aligned when the spool’s label side is facing up, turn it over.
  2. This avoids the problem of twisting the wire.

Pinch the line and slowly crank the reel: You need to gently pinch the rope about 12 inches (30 cm) above the reel and pull firmly. Slowly rotate the reel about 20 times and slide the rope into your pinched fingers. Stop cranking and relax the rope a bit to check for bends.

  1. If the rope is twisted, remove part of the rope from the spool, readjust the spool, and twist.
  2. Always use light pressure when loading the line. Otherwise, the lines will be relaxed and chaotic.

Continue turning the reel to load the rope: You can proceed with the installation as soon as you make sure the lines are not bent. Continue adding lines slowly, stopping every 20-30 cranks, and check for line bends.

  1. If you find the line bent, you may need to restart the process. If you have already rotated the reel after the first inspection, straighten the bend and continue slowly.

Fill the spool until it is 1⁄8 in (0.32 cm) away from the rim: This provides a lot of rope that you can use even if you need to cut most of the line while changing baits or clearing obstacles without straining the reels.

  1. Do not fill the spool to the end. Filling or overfilling the reels can cause tangles and problems during casting.

Use line cutters to cut the line close to the supply spool: Leave a few extra lines to secure the free end on the charm. After cutting the wire, you can also put a little tape on the reel’s free end to prevent the reel from loosening.

  1. If you don’t have a line cutter, you can use scissors.

Secure the line on the spool: You can use bait, swivel, or clips to secure the free end of the line. This will prevent the line from slipping off the guide.

You can also wrap a rubber band around the reel.

If there is a protrusion on the inside of the reel, you can also tie the wire’s end around the protrusion.


Q1-When to Use Fluorocarbon Fishing Line?

This fishing line is easy to sink and is essential for bottom fishing, such as jumping and jerking. It is also suitable for trawling as it stretches slightly. You are more likely to catch fish with this type of line.

Q2-When is a monofilament line used?

Ideal for spinning and feed casting reels. It is generally found in freshwater fishing and coastal piers close to the coast. Ideal for trout, salmon, small tuna, and other fish.

Q3Do the fish see braided lines?

Despite many advantages, underwater visibility is its main drawback. They can be seen very clearly on the surface of the water. Especially in places with clear water and shallow water. Mindful fish can see the line underwater. 


This article should have helped you understand the type of fishing line and which one is better, how to catch it, and how to avoid bending. We hope this information will help you prevent problems and make fishing more efficient and enjoyable!

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