How To Put New Line On A Fishing Reel

The most important thing about any kind of fishing is that you have the right equipment. The right equipment will make your life easier and it will also help you catch more fish.

That’s why we are going to show you how to put a new line on your fishing reel. You can use this guide for spinning reels as well as baitcasting reels. 

We have also thrown in spooling advice for fly fishing rods.

Types Of Fishing Reels

Fishing reels are the most important piece of equipment that you will need when it comes to catching fish.

They are used to cast your bait into the water and retrieve it back out again, which is why they are also known as casting reels or retrieving reels.

There are many different types of fishing reels available, but there are three main types: spinning and non-spinning reels as well as bait

Spinning Reels

Spinning reels spin around a central axis, while non-spinning reels use an external mechanism to wind up the spool. This means that spinning reels have more power than non-spinning reels.

Spinning reels are usually preferred by anglers because they provide better control over how much line is wound up on the reel.

However, spinning reels can be difficult to operate if you don’t know what you are doing, so they are not recommended for beginners

Baitcasting Reels

Baitcasting reels are designed specifically for casting live baits such as worms and minnows.

The advantage of using these reels is that they allow you to cast your bait in any direction without having to worry about getting tangled in the line.

This makes them ideal for beginners who want to practice their casting skills before moving on to other types of reels.

Non-Spinning Reels

Non-spinning reels are easier to use than spinning reels, and they are often recommended for beginners.

These reels tend to be less powerful than their spinning counterparts, so you may find them easier to handle.

Several other features make a good fishing reel, such as drag settings, anti-reverse mechanisms, and a built-in line counter.

There are many different brands and models of fishing reels available today, with some being more expensive than others.

You should always look at the quality of the materials used in the construction of the reel before making a purchase.

Step By Step Guide On How To Put A New Line On A Fishing Reel

Time to take a look at what you need to do when putting a new fishing line on a reel. 

Choose The Right Fishing Line

Before putting a new line on your fishing reels, you first need to choose the type of line that you would like to use.

If you are just starting, then you should probably stick to monofilament lines. These are the softest lines available, and they are great for practicing your casting technique.

If you are looking for something stronger, then you might want to consider fluorocarbon lines. They are extremely strong and durable, and they are perfect for deep-sea fishing.

When choosing a fishing line, you should always check the diameter of the line.

A smaller diameter line will give you greater control over where your bait lands, while a larger diameter line will help you pull in bigger catches.

When selecting a fishing line, you must also take into account its strength. You don’t want to go overboard when buying a line, especially if you plan on using it for long periods.

Always buy from reputable companies, and never try to cut corners by purchasing cheap products.

It is important to remember that fishing lines come in different strengths, depending on their weight.

For example, a 10lb test line will weigh roughly twice as much as a 6lbs mono-filament line.

To determine the right amount of line for your needs, simply multiply the length of your rod or pole by the number of pounds per inch (e.g., 12 inches x 5.60 lbs).

Once you have determined the correct line size, you should ensure that it fits properly inside the reel, and that’s what we are going to look at next

Fit A New Fishing Line On A Spinning Reel

Time to put your line on your reel. For a spinning reel, take the reel and hold it up the same way as you would when fishing.

Turn the wheel a few times to check the direction the reel is turning correctly. This will show you exactly the direction your line should be spooled.

If you spool the line wrong, it will unravel when casting your line.

Remember that spinning reels should be attached to the bottom side of your fishing rod. This is different from baitcasting and spincasting reels.

Once you check the way the line spools, you need to open the bail. You can do this by turning the small handle up for the opening, and down for closing.

This is also the moment when you remove any old line that is still left.

Now carefully put the line through the guides, and attach the line to the spool. You need to make sure that there is enough length of the line left after the knot.

You can now close the bail, and put the spool on a straight surface, such as a table.

Make sure that the label shows on the upper side, and ensure that the line comes off the spool in the same direction as the spool goes into the reel. 

If you turn the spool in the right direction, this will avoid any tangling later.

Now carefully hold the line and gently crank the reel, allowing the line to go through your hand. Also, check for any tangles or twists here. 

If you spot any twists, then remove this part of the line and realign it.

It’s good to apply some gentle pressure when loading it. This will avoid any tangling if the line is too loose.

Continue to crank the reel loading the line and regularly check for more tangles. Unfortunately, this is the more boring part but it’s worthwhile doing as it prevents any issues when you are out fishing later.

Again, do this very slowly, and fill the spool roughly 0.3cm before the rim. Any closer or further away, and you risk tangles.

Time to cut the line. Now tape the free end to stop it from unraveling. You will also need to tie the line by using a rubber band or tying a lure to hold it in place.

This is it! You now have a new line on your spinning reel. 

Fit A New Line On A Baitrunner

Fitting a new line on a baitrunner reel is very similar to the spinning reels. You need to pull the fishing line through the eyelets and attach it to the spool.

Next, you need to wrap the line around the spool and tie it properly with an arbor knot.

Now you can start cranking the reel carefully. Put a little pressure on the line to avoid any twists. Regularly check for tangles when you are spooling.

Same as with a spinning reel, stop spooling 0.3cm from the rim. Then cut the excess line and secure it carefully with tape.

Fit Fishing Line On A Spincast

Slightly different than with a baitrunner or spinning reel. With a spincast, you need to remove the face to the reel first and take out any leftover line.

Pull the new line through the guides at the top of the rod through the opening cap of the reel. 

This step must be done at this stage because it can’t be corrected later. Don’t put the reel cap on yet.

Now wrap the line onto the spool. This should be done in the way the reel is turning to avoid any tangles.

Nearly done. You just need to tie the ends now. Be careful to do this well as these ends can unravel very easily.

Now you just need to follow step 5 of spinning reels, so put some tension onto the line and crank the handle.

Once all this is done and you fixed and tied all the ends, you can put the reel cover back on and cut the line off. 

How To String A Fly Rod

The fly rod is one of the most versatile rods available. It has a lot of uses and many variations.

You can use it for casting, trolling, jigging, spey casting, etc. The only thing that limits its versatility is the length of the rod.

When buying a fly rod, make sure that it fits your needs. If you want something short, then choose a shorter rod. But don’t buy a longer rod thinking that you’ll never fish it.

You might find that you’re not comfortable enough with it. So instead of wasting money, get a shorter rod that suits you better.

To string a fly rod, you need to know how to thread it. Threading a fly rod is a bit like threading a sewing machine needle.

First, you need to open up the butt section of the rod. Next, insert the tip into the hole where the butt cap was removed.

Then push the butt cap over the tip until it’s flush with the rest of the rod. Then slide the butt cap down until the tip pops out.

If you did everything right, there shouldn’t be any threads sticking out of the tip.

Now you need to fix the grip section of the rod. First, hold the grip section firmly between your thumb and index finger.

Then turn the grip section clockwise until it stops moving. Once it does, you can release your fingers and let go.

The grip will rotate counterclockwise by itself. Now you have to pull the grip section towards you until it reaches the end of the rod.

Once it does, you can tighten the grip section again. Make sure that the grip section doesn’t move too much.

Now you can tighten the grip again. Tighten it slowly and evenly. Next, repeat steps 1-4 for the other side of the rod.

Now you can put the butt cap back on. After doing this, you can trim off the excess line from the tip.  

How Much Fishing Line Do You Put On A Reel?

How Much Fishing Line Do You Put On A Reel?

The first thing you need to know about putting a new line on a reel is how much line you need. The correct amount of line is essential as too much or too little can lead to line tangles and twists.

To find out how much line you need, you must multiply the length of your pole or rod by the number of pounds of test weight you want to use.

For example, let’s say you’re using an 8ft 6oz rod and you want to use a 10lb test line. Then you simply multiply 8ft x 10lbs which makes 80 ft.

So you’ll need 80 feet of line to cover the whole length of your pole. However, don’t forget to add another foot for each additional pound of test line you plan to use.

So if you were planning to use a 12 lb test line, you’d need 120 ft of line.

You can also check the user manual of your fishing rod for the correct length of your line.

How Long Does A Fishing Line Last?

The fishing line doesn’t last forever, so it’s important to buy the right size. If you’re not careful, you may be wasting money buying too long.

When choosing your line, consider what type of fish you intend to catch. For instance, if you’re targeting small fish like bass, carp, or pike, then you should opt for a smaller diameter line.

On the other hand, if you’re going after larger species like salmon, trout, or cod, then you’ll need a heavier gauge line.

Also, remember that different types of lines have different strengths. So make sure you choose one with the appropriate strength.

What Is The Best Way To Store Fishing Line?

Once you’ve bought all the equipment you need, it’s time to store them properly.

First off, keep your tackle box clean. It’s easy to get dirt and debris stuck between the compartments of a tackle box, making it hard to access things.

Next, store your rods and reels separately. They tend to attract moisture and rot over time, especially if they’re stored together.

Finally, wrap your line around itself. This helps prevent tangles and keeps them dry.

If you follow these simple tips, you’ll soon have a well-stocked tackle box.

How To Tie Knots In Fishing Line

Tying knots in a fishing line isn’t difficult once you understand the basic principles. All you need are two pieces of line – one piece attached at both ends. Then you just tie a knot in the middle.

Start by holding the end of the line that will go through the loop. Wrap the free end of the line around the middle section of the line.

Then pull the wrapped line tight until it forms a circle. Make sure there are no loose strands left. Next, cut the end of the line close to where it meets the center.

Repeat the above steps on the opposite side. Once you’ve finished tying the knot, cut the excess line.

Now you’re ready to attach the hook. Attach the hook to the eye of the line. When you’re done, secure the knot by wrapping the remaining line around the knot several times.

Finally, trim any extra line away from the knot. That’s it! You now know how to tie knots in a fishing line.


In conclusion, we hope our guide has been helpful. Replacing a line may need to be done for many reasons and it shouldn’t be daunting.

However, especially for beginners, spooling can be a difficult task but when you do it carefully, it pays off later with a much more relaxing fishing experience.

Tommy Bull