How to Put Line on a Fishing Reel

Whether you’re an experienced angler or just starting out, putting line on a fishing reel can be a tricky process. Knowing the right way to do it is essential for making sure your line holds up when you’re out on the water.

Spooling fishing line onto a reel isn’t difficult, but it does require patience and attention to detail. Doing it correctly will ensure that your line functions properly and that you have optimal performance while fishing.

In this guide, we’ll walk through the steps for spooling fishing line onto a baitcasting and spinning reel.

Spooling Fishing Line onto a Baitcasting Reel

Baitcasting reels are designed for heavier lures and larger fish, so they require much stronger lines than spinning reels do. If you are using a monofilament line, use a 10-pound test or higher; if you are using a braided line, use a 20-pound test or higher.

Here’s how to spool it:

  1. Start by running the end of the line through one of the rod guides (the eyes of the rod). Then tie an arbor knot at one end of the spool with about 6 inches of extra slack at the end in order to make it easier to tie off later.
  2. Place the spool on top of the reel with the tag end pointing away from you. Feed the tag end through one of the slots in your reel before wrapping it around your reel several times in order to secure it in place. Make sure there is no slack in this part as well!
  3. Now grab your rod with one hand and hold its handle against your body as if you were going to cast it – this will help keep tension on your line while also making sure there are no kinks or loops in it as you spool it onto your reel. Begin winding slowly until all of your excess slack has been taken up by your reel – make sure not to wind too quickly or else you may create knots! Once all of your excess slack has been taken up, continue winding until there is only 1/8 inch of clearance between where your spool ends and where your rod begins – this will ensure maximum performance while casting! Finally, tie off any remaining excess length from our arbor knot with a double-loop knot – this will prevent any snags or tangles during casting!


By following these simple steps when putting new fishing lines on both baitcasting and spinning reels, anglers can ensure that their lines perform optimally while they’re out on their next fishing adventure. With proper technique and some patience, anyone can easily master spooling their own lines like an expert angler!

With practice comes confidence—so don’t give up even if things don’t go exactly right at first—keep trying until you get comfortable with what works best for each individual situation! Good luck and happy fishing!

Joshua Hickman

Joshua has a vast knowledge of different types of fish and how to catch them, and he loves sharing this information with others. When he's not writing or fishing, Joshua enjoys spending time with his family and friends.

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