Mastering the Art of Spooling: How to Put Fishing Line on a Closed Reel
Introduction: Welcome to the exciting world of fishing! Whether you're a seasoned angler or just starting out, knowing how to properly put a fishing line on a closed reel is crucial. In this blog, we'll walk you through the step-by-step process to ensure your fishing adventures are both successful and enjoyable.
What You Need:
- A closed-face fishing reel
- Fishing line (appropriate weight and material for your fishing needs)
- Scissors or line cutters
- A clean, flat workspace
- A rubber band (optional)
Understanding Your Reel: Before you start, familiarize yourself with your closed reel. Understand its parts: the cover, spool, and line pickup system.
Removing the Cover: Gently unscrew or unclip the cover of the reel to expose the spool. This is where you'll be winding your new line.
Attaching the Line: If your spool has a small hole or notch, thread the end of your fishing line through it. If not, you can tie the line directly to the spool using an arbor knot. Trim any excess line after tying the knot.
Winding the Line: Replace the cover and feed the free end of the line through the guides of your rod, starting from the tip. Open the bail, and attach the line to the reel using the rubber band if necessary. This helps maintain tension.
Spooling the Reel: Hold the line taut with your free hand, and start reeling slowly. Ensure the line lays evenly across the spool. Avoid overfilling; leave about 1/8 inch of space from the rim of the spool.
Checking for Twists: As you reel, occasionally stop and let the line hang loose. If it twists, you need to remove the twists before continuing.
Finishing Up: Once the reel is adequately filled, cut the line, leaving enough to thread through the rest of your rod's guides. Tie on your chosen lure or hook, and you're ready to fish!
- If the line keeps tangling as you spool, check if it's coming off the supply spool in the same way it’s going onto your reel.
- Ensure your line is suitable for a closed reel to avoid issues like line memory or tangling.
Conclusion: Spooling a closed reel may seem daunting at first, but with practice, it becomes a simple task. Remember, the key to a great fishing experience starts with properly set-up equipment. Happy fishing!