How To Put Fishing Line In Reel In Just 5 Minutes
Loading a fishing line correctly is very important. If this is neglected, be ready for a very frustrating line-twist that you will also see in your nightmares. During this line-twist, your line twists into coils that it will hang limp. When this happens, your line will tangle forming an ugly nest by the time you cast your line.
This is the nightmare of most anglers. Instead of having a fun and enjoying the fishing time, you will spend your time on untangling those unnecessary knots. Anglers must be patient, but having patience on the most pointless things is absurd. Because of that, you must know how to put fishing line in reel correctly.
However, there is the easiest way to load the reel. You can have somebody do it for you. Just go to your local tackle shop and its all done. But your pride may be at stake here. First, there are some things that you might want to know.
Determine What Direction Your Reel Turns
The line coming off the spool should match to the reel’s rotation. If it is not in the right direction, then you are on the wrong track. Having opposite directions of the line coming off the spool is like inviting line twists to bug you. It is the basic consideration of any angler when putting the line on the reel. You should know this first before anything else.
For example, if the spool is turning clockwise, then you must load the line from the spool also clockwise. It is that basic, yet many other people forgot about it. You can do this by taking your spinning reel over the top of the new line, then spin it.
You can then determine the direction of the reel rotation. Next, take the line of your spool and pull it. If you see that the line comes off from the spool the same way, then they are on the same rotation. The spool should rotate the same as the reel.
If ever it is the opposite, then you only have to flip the spool to match the rotation of the spool to the reel.
Don’t Use Pen To Spool Up
Have a friend hold the spool in front of you, or place the spool in front of you to while you spool up. Don’t use pen or pencil to spool up. While you are spooling, you can see the line coming off from the spool with the same direction as the reel rotation.
It is a good sign. You are ensuring that the line properly goes to your reel like the manufacturer puts the line on the spool.
Remember that as your reel, keep your thumb and fingers on the line. This will give tension to the line and will ensure that the line will go on the reel nice and tight.
Ensure that the capacity of the line you will put in the real is the right amount. Be sure to check the reel’s line capacity. Reel line capacity differs on the reel and it is noted on the front side of the reel. Sample reel line capacity is 6lb/240 or 8lb/200. This means that you can put 240 yards of 6 lb test or up to 200 yards of 8 lb test.
If you go beyond this, you will face many troubles in fishing. You will have to reel harder and not smoother, and worst is you might break your reel. Just stick to the maximum capacity.
Step by Step Guide:
Step 1 - Open The Bail
The bail can be found on your reel. There is a switch-like wire arm that uses to open the bail. This is an important step since without opening the bail, you can’t turn the spool and thus can’t bring the line to the reel.
Step 2 - Check If The Reel And The Spool Are In The Same Direction
As previously discussed, it is a very important matter to consider. Check again if it is the same direction of rotation.
Step 3 - Tie The Line To The Arbor
Arbor is the part of the reel where you will tie the line first. When tying the line to the arbor, use arbor knot. That tie is specifically made for that purpose. It will ensure that your line is tightly connected to the reel. If you don’t tie it properly, it will come loose when you spin the reel. Then close the bail.
Step 4 - Put The Spool On The Floor
Be sure that the label is facing up. If you have a friend to help you, then you can take his hand. If not, then put it on the ground before you.
Step 5 - Pinch The Fishing Line
Using your free hand, pinch the fishing line using your index finger and your thumb. This is also a very important step to consider. By doing this, you are applying some pressure from your hand to the line. It will make sure that the line is not too loose. If you reel your line too loosely, then you will face line twists and other problems later on. It is best to make sure that you put in your line nice and tightly.
Step 6 - Slowly Turn The Reel
Make sure to do this slowly and surely. Take time to check for any line twists along the way. Also, make sure that your spool doesn’t flip over. Always check if it comes to the same direction as your reel. Do this until you have reeled all the line.
And you are done putting the line on the reel. Simple, isn’t it? However, if you are experiencing some problems like the line wants to spring off the fishing reel, then don’t panic. It is normal for brand new spools to come out like that. If that happens, remove the spool and soak it in hot water for 10 minutes.
This way, your line will remember the shape of the reel better. You won’t be forced to spool it again. It works especially with fishing lines that are made from fluorocarbon and monofilament materials.