How to Spool a Spinning Reel

Ensuring that your spinning reel has been properly spooled is one of the best things that you can do to increase your chances of catching fish while out on the water. A poorly spooled reel can cause you major problems that will most likely end in failure. Luckily you have come to the right place, as we are going to go over everything you know to spool a spinning fishing reel! 

Match the Line

To start off, it is very important to properly match the size of the fishing line you plan to use with the size of the spinning reel itself. Spinning reels prefer lighter lines and smaller baits, so plan accordingly. Using too large of line, especially types like heavy monofilament and fluorocarbon will create bad backlashes that are a pain to fix and will put a stop to any fishing. 

Prepare the Reel and Line

First, close the bail so that the reel is engaged and ready to start winding the line. If you are by yourself, try placing the line through something to keep tension on the line such as a book. This is much easier to do if you have a friend nearby. Take the end of the line and run it through the rod guides and down to the spool, where you will wrap it around it twice. Then tie a knot in the tag end, wrapping it around the mainline as it comes onto the spool. 

Tie one more knot, something like an overhand knot, on the end and slide it down so that it rests just above the first knot. After pulling them tight, clip off any excess line and ensure that the fishing line is secure to the spool. You are now ready to start reeling the line in! With some tension on the line, slowly start to reel the line in like you were reeling in a fish. Go slowly at first, but you can start to speed up the process once you have some decent amount of line onto the spool and everything is working properly. Once you get to the end of your line, you are officially done! You can then start fishing with your newly spooled reel with some fresh line on it. 

Final Thoughts

Spooling a spinning reel is not too hard to do, and it pays to re-spool your reels every so often. Doing this will help to avoid potential problems and breakage, keeping you fishing longer and bringing in more fish.

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