Learn How to Set up a Fishing Line With the Help of This Simple Guide

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Every experienced angler understands the importance of getting their fishing set-up right. It may be a tedious process, but doing it correctly will improve the odds of your fishing excursion being a success.

Even if you are new to the concept of fishing, you know how frustrating it can be to not make any catches. Many novice anglers often overlook the importance of setting up their fishing equipment correctly, and end up having an exasperating day at the ocean. If you too are tired of not having any success on your fishing ventures, follow this guide on how to set up a fishing line, and watch out for the big catches next time you decide to hit the waters.

The Essential tools you Require

If you want to make sure your fishing excursion is a success, you will need to have the right fishing equipment with you. You also need to be familiar with the uses and the various terms associated with your fishing equipment. Basically, understanding the ropes that go into setting up your fishing line can improve your chances of striking.

1. A Fishing Line

There are various types of fishing lines available in the market these days, you have braided lines, fluorocarbon and even monofilament lines. The type of fishing line you use will depend on the type of fish you are looking to catch and the environment (whether it is saltwater or freshwater).

The fishing line you use is crucial, because it connects everything together, from the hook to the reel. Trust me, as an angler, it is a gut-wrenching experience, to lose a fish because your line broke. So make sure you do some research before you decide to buy one.

Nevertheless, whether you decide to use monofilament lines or braided lines, the technique you use to set up your fishing line will not vary much.

2. A Fishing Reel

The fishing reel is basically a piece of equipment that holds your fishing line and spool together. It is responsible for extending your fishing line as well as pulling it back in. The type of reel that you decide to use will significantly impact the technique of setting up your fishing line. There are basically three types of reels

  • Spinning Reel : The spool is not movable.
  • Baitcaster Reel : It has a revolving spool.
  • Fly Reel : This type of reel is used for the fly fishing technique.

The various parts of a fishing reel

a. The spool

This is the part around which the fishing line is wound.

b. Handle

The handle is a movable part that allows you to wind and unwind your fishing line.

c. Bail

The bail is responsible for controlling the release of your fishing line. When the bail is closed, no line can be released. When opened, it allows you to unwind the line from the spool.

d. Line roller

The line roller accurately guides the line from to spool to the rod.

Setting Up a Fishing Line

As discussed earlier, the type of reel you use will dictate the technique of setting up a fishing line. Here, we will go through the step-by-step process of how to set up a fishing line, for different types of reels.

Using a Spincasting or Baitcasting Reel

1. Start by opening your bail. This will allow you to thread your line to the spool.

2. Thread your line around the spool until you feel that it is locked into place. Tip: When using a baitcasting reel, you need to make sure your fishing line is threaded to the guide completely. The guide is a small piece of equipment situated in front of the spool.

3. When threading the fishing line around the spool, remember to leave at least 6 to 7 inches of the fishing line that extends from the spool of the reel.

4. Make an arbor knot to attach the fishing line to the spool of the reel.

5. If there is an excess of the fishing line, make sure to snip it using a sharp pair of scissors.

6. Once done, close the bail if you are using a spinning reel, otherwise ignore the step.

7. Now start winding the fishing line to the spool by turning the handle of your reel. Make sure you are applying enough pressure to the line. If the fishing line is lying flat in front of the spool you know you are applying the right amount of pressure.

8. Once the spool is about three-fourths (¾) full with the fishing line, you can cut the remaining line.

9. Make sure your fishing line is correctly anchored to the line keeper. This will ensure that the fishing line does not roll off your reel.

Using a Fly Reel

For setting up a fly fishing line you require two additional lines

A fly line: This is a special type of line, which is used particularly to add some weight to the main fishing line. This makes fly casting easier.
A fly line backing: This is an additional braided fishing line used to attach the fly line to the spool of the reel.

Setting up a fly fishing line:

1. Attach your fly fishing line to the fly line backing using an arbor knot.

2. After doing so, attach the fly line and fly line backing combination to the fly reel. Make sure that 6 to 7 inches of the backing remain around the spool.

3. Fill the fly reel with at least a 100 yards of fly fishing line. After that create an Albright knot using the main fishing line and pull it down carefully.

4. Snip off any excess fishing line using a pair of sharp scissors. After that attach the leader to the fishing line.

When you set up your fishing line with an improper technique it can lead to a host of problems; the cord can get entangled or the line may break under the weight of the fish.

The fishing line is a piece of gear that not only is responsible for holding and reeling in fish, but also plays a pivotal role in connecting the different parts of your fishing equipment. Thus, for successful angling learning how to set up a fishing line is absolutely crucial. Follow the steps in this guide, to set up a straight and functional fishing line that will boost your chances of catching fish.

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Ronald Nieves

Roland Nieves is a kayak and boat enthusiast who has been a rower since his time at college and has always loved the sport. He loves to write articles on topics he has a great interest in. Roland’s work is well-researched at all times and he works dedicatedly to provide the readers with the most authentic information.

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