Whether you’re new to boating or have been a boater for years, knowing is a crucial skill to have. With the right technique, you can ensure that your line stays on your reel and your rod in good condition.
Here’s a step-by-step guide on:
Step 1: Choose the right line
Before you begin, it’s important to choose the right type of fishing line for your needs. Mono-filament, braided, and fluorocarbon are the most common types of fishing line. Depending on the fish you’re targeting, the type of water you’re fishing in, and your personal preferences, you’ll need to select the best line for your needs.
Step 2: Place your spool of line
Once you have your line, you’ll want to place it onto the spool of your reel. Most reels come with an arbor knot that helps keep your line secure. Thread your line through the guides and wrap it around the arbor knot several times. Tie a simple knot to keep the line in place.
Step 3: Spool your line
Now that your line is secured to the spool of your reel, you’re ready to start spooling the line. Hold your line spool parallel to the floor with your free hand. As you begin to reel, use your other hand to apply a bit of pressure on your line spool to keep it from spinning or bird nesting.
Step 4: Monitor your line
As you spool your line, monitor it to ensure that it’s winding onto the reel properly. If you see that your line is twisting or is not spooling evenly, pause and adjust your line to prevent tangles.
Step 5: Fill your reel
Once you’ve spooled your line onto the reel, fill it to about 1/8-inch below the lip of the spool. Overfilling your spool can cause problems with casting and can cause backlashes.
Step 6: Check for twists
After you’ve filled your reel, check your line for twists. Hold your reel upside down and let your line drop. If you see any twists or loops, turn the handle of your reel to remove any twists before you start fishing.
Putting line on a reel and rod combination is an essential skill for any boater. With the right technique and attention to detail, you can prevent tangles and ensure a smooth fishing experience.