How To Spool A Spinning Reel

The spinning reel is currently the most popular reel among anglers and is loved and widely used by novice anglers and experienced anglers. They can adapt to almost any type of fishing.

A reel with a suitable spool can help you catch a big one on the water. In contrast, with its twists and turns, a spool can make you extremely uncomfortable and ruin your fishing session. 

But if you do this correctly, you should be able to avoid problems with the spool line during your fishing, such as constant twisting, catching, and nesting.

In the following article, I will help you know How to spool a spinning reel correctly.

Things to prepare to spool spinning reel

In this article, I will show you how to spool a spinning reel or how to string a spinning reel for those who don’t know or are new to fishing.
Of course, there must be a line to enter the line for the fishing reel. Fishing lines have many types, depending on where you fish and the type of fish you want to fish. And even the fishing reel will be suitable for a particular line type. I will guide you to choose the fishing line below.
The second thing is a fishing rod, spinning reel, and a line cutter (a scissor is fine).

Things to prepare to spool spinning reel

If you choose a fishing line with a diameter that is too large, the spool line will not hold much fishing line. If you choose a type with a too-small diameter, the line will easily break, causing a loss of bait. So which one should we choose? 

Fortunately, you’ll find the recommended line type and capacity is written on the spool of the spinning reel.

The line capacity indicates the best line to use on it, the length of line that spool line can hold. Apart from the above, you also need to decide on what type of line to spool onto your spinning reel: fluorocarbon, braid, or monofilament.

  • Monofilament is a single strand of rope and can float on water. It is highly elastic. It is not suitable for casting at long distances as the stretching of the line will reduce your ability to place an effective hook. On the contrary, it can make monofilament great for big fishing on light spinning tackle. As the elasticity will help avoid breakage when fishing big. Mono lines are suitable for using a Jig bait or with live bait.
  • Braid extremely strong and durable, suitable for a battle with large fish. In addition, it has a good sinking ability and is not elastic, making it perfect for casting at a long-distance or in deep water. Choose braided lines if you will fish at the bottom. Their downside is that they are easily seen, so consider them before using them.
  • Fluorocarbon is another type of single-stranded line. In contrast to Braid lines, they are virtually invisible. Because of that, they are well-suited to fishing for timid or smart fish, especially fish like carp. It sinks into the water more easily than the single line, which is great for bottom fishing. And it doesn’t stretch, making it easier to set the hook. Pick fluorocarbon lines when fishing in calm, shallow waters. Clearwater is also a place for this type of this fishing line.
How to choose the best fishing line

How to spool a spinning reel

  • Place the news pull a line into a water bucket. This will stop the line tangling or spraying off the spool too much.
  • Take the end of the line and thread it back through the first eye of the fishing rod. This will make ruling the line onto the new spool easier.
  • You need to tie a line to the new spool using an arbor knot, pass your line around the spool. And then tie an overhand knot around the mainline.
  • Tie a second overhand knot in the tagging an inch or two away from the first overhand knot to moisten the knot. With saliva, make sure that the friction doesn’t burn your line as you tighten it down.
  • Tighten the knot by pulling on the line. The second knot should bed next to the first knot and settle against the spool. Now trim the tag end, and you’re ready to spool up.
  • Open the bail arm and attach the spool to the real close of the bail arm. And apply some tension onto the line through your hand, which is holding the rod.
  • Now you need to reel the line onto the spool until it’s full. You want to leave a couple of millimeters away from the top of the sport to ensure you don’t overfill the real as this can cause nasty tangles as too much line Springs off the reel when you cast. Put your line in the clip, cut the line, and now you have a new spool drill.
How to spool spinning reel

How to respool a spinning reel

The way I usually un-spool my reel when it’s time is to open up the bail, and then I take the line drive it off. When ready to be pulled off and from there, I just start pulling it off. So they want to keep going until you get all of it off. You can do it the other way. But I think this way is faster.

After you get all your line off, the next step would be just to kind of clean up your reel get it looking nice, shiny, and clean again for the new line it’s about to be put on.

I have shared above the process of knowing how to string a spinning reel and how to do it. You can review it again.

How much line to put on a spinning reel

Sometimes you don’t need so much line on your reel. So to avoid wasting your new line you can use backing to half fill the spool up.
Backing is just a word for some cheap, thick line which you can start to fill the spool up with before finishing off with the line you actually want to fish with.
There’s an easy way to do this which allows you to fill up the spool perfectly every time. You will need two of the same spools in order to do this.

How much line to put on a spinning reel


By following these steps will help you spend more time fishing and less time messing with a tangled mess.

You already have the answer to the “How to spool a spinning reel?”. Remember, everything depends on your personal preferences. Any reels are expensive or cheap, it will still be useless if you can’t master them.

I hope this article is helpful to you. Do you have another idea?

Hope you got your questions answered. Good luck!

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