How To Line a Fishing Pole With a Spinning Reel?

Picture yourself by the water, eager to cast your line and reel in the big one. Before you embark on your fishing adventure, it’s crucial to master the art of lining your fishing pole with a spinning reel. This process is more than just prep; it’s about optimizing your gear for success.

Choosing the right fishing line and spooling it correctly can be the key to landing that coveted catch. Like an artist selecting their palette, the right line sets the stage for your fishing masterpiece.

In this guide, we’ll walk through the steps of lining your fishing pole, ensuring that your spinning reel is armed with the perfect line for your angling aspirations. Let’s dive into the essential details and get your gear keyword-ready for a successful day on the water.

Fishing Pole Stringing: What You’ll Need

To line a fishing pole the right way, we just need a few things. Let’s begin with what you’ll need.

Before you start, make sure you have all of this ready

  • Fishing rods
  • Fishing reels
  • Fishing line (including fly line and backing for fly reels)
  • Hooks or lures for various purposes
  • Scissors or a knife for cutting
  • Electrical tape for braided line only

Having these items ready is all you need to make this process successful.

The easiest way to put the string on a rod is by using a spinning rod and reel. These are the most commonly used tools for fishing.

How To Line a Fishing Pole With a Spinning Reel?

The steps to lining a fishing pole with a spinning reel are as follows.

1) Putting Your Fishing Rod Together

Here are the steps to assembling your fishing rod:

  • Place all the pieces on a table after taking the rod out of its cover.
  • Wipe down each piece to remove any debris using a cloth.
  • Connect the thickest bottom section first, followed by the next thickest section, and so on.
  • Ensure all sections are securely connected.
  • Look down the rod to make sure all the rod guides are straight.
  • If needed, make adjustments to straighten the rod.

2) Connect your fishing reel to your rod

Here are the steps to connect your fishing reel to your rod:

  • Locate and open your rod’s reel seat.
  • Insert the spinning reel’s reel foot into the open seat.
  • Confirm that the new spool on the reel aligns with the same direction as the rod.
  • Securely attach the spinning reel to the rod by tightening the seat.
  • Be cautious not to overtighten the seat to avoid any risk of cracking.
Connect your fishing reel to your rod

3) Become familiar with Arbor Knots

No matter if you have a spinning reel, a fly reel, or a bait caster, the arbor knot is the knot you’ll use to tie the line onto the reel.

The arbor knot is incredibly simple, consisting of just two overhand knots. Tie it in the easiest way possible.

  • Ensure the line ends up on the bottom of your reel after wrapping it twice around the spool, leaving a long tail.
  • Tie an overhand knot around the main line (standing line) with the tag end (free end).
  • Tie the knot loosely around the spool without fully tightening it yet for easier sliding.
  • Use another overhand knot as a stopper for the first loose knot, tightening the tag end for a quicker secure.
  • Pull the knot on the tag end against the spool to tighten the main line around it.
  • Ensure the line is snug around the spool when pulled; remember, the knot’s purpose is to stick the line to the spool, not to make it stronger.
  • Cut off the tag end as close as possible to the spool.

Here’s how you tie the knot. Now, let’s see how to do it with a spinning reel in your hand and then put the line on.

familiar with Arbor Knots

4: Installing a new line on the reel

Here are the steps you need to take to install a new line:

  • Thread the line through all the metal loops on your fishing rod, making sure not to miss any.
  • The arms on the reel’s bail are called wire arms and are located on the wire arm itself.
  • In the previous step, we learned how to tie an arbor knot to the fishing line.
  • To avoid line twists, bring the line off the spool as it’s wound onto the reel. This helps prevent tangles in the future.
  • Ensure that the bail arm is closed before you start winding the fishing line onto the reel by turning the handle.
  • As the reel turns, make sure the fishing line is evenly spread and tightly wound.
  • Fill the spool to the top of the reel but leave about 1/4 inch of space to avoid overfilling.
  • Cut the line at the end of the rod so that it hangs out from the end of the spool.
Install a new line on the reel

5: Improve your clinch knot

Besides attaching a hook or bait to your line, you can also use the improved clinch knot to lure fish with your favorite silver lure.

Here’s how to tie an improved clinch knot correctly:

  • Thread the line through the eye of the hook.
  • Keep tag ends 2-3 inches long.
  • Use the index finger of your right hand to wrap the tag end around the main line, moving away from the hook eye, at least five times.
  • Place the tag end through the loop nearest the hook, forming a large loop around the top of the knot.
  • Thread the tag end through this loop.
  • Moisten the knot with water or saliva.
  • Tighten the knot by pullig the main line, hook, bait, or lure against it.

Now that you’ve mastered lining your fishing pole, it’s time to go out and catch some big fish. Whether you’re casting your lure or using bait on your hook, enjoy your time on the water and best of luck with your fishing adventure!

clinch knot

How much fishing line (Is enough) do you put on a fishing reel?

If the line is too tight or too loose, it can get all tangled and twisted.

Make sure there’s a 0.3-centimeter gap between the spool and the reel’s rim when putting on a new fishing line. This rule applies everywhere.

Each reel specifies its line capacity. Different lines matter too. Most are sold in 150-yard spools (about 137 meters) to 300-yard spools (about 274 meters). Manufacturers often suggest using a 200-yard (approximately 183 meters) line.

Having too many lines can lead to wind knots and tangled lines.

How long does the fishing line last?

To maximize the lifespan of your fishing line, make sure to use it regularly, store it correctly, and employ it in challenging conditions. Typically, monofilaments last for two to three years, fluorocarbons have a shelf life of 7-10 years, and braids can last up to 10 years when stored properly.

In real-world situations, these ideal lifespans may not apply. For the average user, it’s recommended to change fishing lines annually or every two years for optimal performance.

Sunlight can harm fishing lines, especially monofilaments, which generally have a shelf life of about two to three years. Unlike monofilament, fluorocarbon doesn’t absorb sunlight. For an average user, it’s advisable to change fluorocarbon lines 1-2 times a year, and these lines typically have a shelf life of seven years.

Braided lines share similar characteristics with fluorocarbon, except they typically have a longer shelf life.

Lines should not be left unused for extended periods, as they can retain their original positions, leading to material deformation. If a fishing reel displays signs of deformation or encounters issues, it’s advisable to re-line it.

Proper storage is crucial for your equipment. Keeping them away from light and heat helps extend their lifespan. When disposing of old lines, ensure proper disposal since they do not naturally dissolve in nature.


In summary, now equipped with the know-how to properly line a fishing pole with a spinning reel, you’re poised for a successful day by the water. From assembling the rod to tying essential knots, this guide simplifies the process, emphasizing the importance of choosing the right fishing line and storing equipment correctly.

Tips on line lifespan and disposal add valuable insights, ensuring your gear remains in top shape. Armed with this knowledge, step confidently into your fishing adventure, knowing your well-prepared equipment increases the likelihood of a rewarding and enjoyable experience. Happy fishing!

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