7 Easy Steps to Learn How to String a Fishing Reel

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Fishing is not as simple as it may seem. It is not just about spending time on the deck and catching fish all day. Fishing requires a lot of preparation before you get to do all that. Stringing a reel is the basic groundwork needed for fishing. However, it is difficult to avoid line twists, if you don’t string the line carefully. In this article, we teach you how to string a fishing reel and how to avoid tangling the fishing line. 

Selecting A Fishing Line

Before you learn how to string a fishing reel, you should know how to select one. Using the wrong type of fishing line for the wrong fishing pole makes it harder to catch fish. Let’s quickly look at the types of fishing lines, and then move further on to the stringing process. 

  • Braided Fishing Lines

Braided fishing lines are rigid lines that have high sensitivity. They are made with woven fibers and have small diameters, as compared to monofilament and fluorocarbon fishing lines. 

Since they have a small diameter, anglers can fit several braided fishing lines on the spool. Also, these small diameter fishing lines can be cast a long way into the water. Thirdly, the braided fishing lines are suitable for a variety of baits like crankbaits, topwater baits, and others that are suitable for long fishing line casts. 

Braided fishing lines  do not stretch underwater. This helps the anglers feel the fish moving around the bait swiftly. Also, the small diameter of the braided fishing lines puts less water drag on them, and thus, they can move easily underwater. 

Although braided fishing lines are rigid, they tangle easily when you string them onto the fishing reel. It makes them difficult to handle for the anglers. 

  • Monofilament Fishing Line

These fishing lines are made from a single fiber of nylon, and hence the name. Unlike the braided fishing lines, the monofilament fishing lines are transparent lines that cannot be identified by the fish easily. These are also cheaper than the fluorocarbon fishing lines and are readily available. 

The monofilament fishing lines are convenient to handle because they do not tangle, and it’s easier to tie knots on these lines, too. Monofilament fishing lines are ideal for beginners to learn how to string a fishing reel. 

When anglers want to catch a big fish, they make use of a monofilament line first. It is because the monofilament line can stretch underwater and absorb the shock when a big fish strikes against it. 

However, since the monofilament fishing lines stretch a lot underwater, it is difficult for the angler to feel small fish moving around the line. Also, having a large diameter makes the line experience a larger drag force underwater.

  • Fluorocarbon Fishing Lines

Fluorocarbon fishing lines are an advanced type and help in capturing the sensitive fish that can identify the presence of other types of fishing lines. 

In comparison to other fishing lines, they are less visible. They have a single strand design and are thicker than all types of fishing lines. 

Since the material of the fluorocarbon fishing lines has the same refractive index as water, the fish cannot see the line. Also, they are less flexible than the monofilament fishing lines, and thus, provide a better feel of fish tapping on the bait underwater. 

Fluorocarbon fishing lines are expensive and are not available everywhere. As they are thicker than braided fishing lines, they tend to  become stiff after you use them a few times. 

How To String A Fishing Reel

Follow these simple steps to string a fishing reel. The guide is not just meant for stringing a new reel. You can follow these steps to also learn how to restring a fishing reel that is not properly oriented. 

  • Fix Reel To The Rod

The fishing reel comprises the hooks, sinkers, and swivels, respectively. 

First, attach the fishing reel with all its components to a fishing rod. Installing the fishing line on the reel becomes easier once you do this.

  • Run Line Through The First Guide

Manufacturers mount the fishing lines on spools. Take one end of the fishing line out of its spool and move it towards the first guide. The first guide is a large opening present on the proximal end of the reel seat. 

  • Open Bail

Once you run the fishing line through the first guide, remember to open the bail. If you do not open the bail here, then after you attach the fishing line to the reel spool, the bail will not pick up the line. Thus, causing you to repeat the steps again. 

  • Wrap The Line Around The Reel

The next step is to tie the fishing line to the reel. To do so, wrap the fishing line around the fishing reel twice and then tie a knot to secure the fishing line. Sometimes, if the fishing line is worn out, it becomes difficult to tie it on the reel. In this case, use a different knot to connect the old line with a new one. Alternatively, you can buy a new line, too. However, the first method will save you some time and money. 

  • Start Cranking Line

Now, close the bail of the fishing rod and start turning the handle. When you turn the handle, the fishing line will start to wrap around the reel. Turn the handle only once or twice. Move on to check whether the orientation of the line on the reel is correct or not. 

  • Check Orientation

To check the orientation of the fishing line, keep the fishing reel parallel to the ground. Now, place the fishing line spool on the floor and start cranking the fishing line on the reel. When you crank, notice the part of the line near the spool. If the line is slack and is lying on the floor in loops, then the orientation on the reel is correct. If the line on the floor starts twisting while you crank, the orientation is faulty. 

  • Complete Cranking

After you check the orientation of the fishing line on the reel spool with a few cranks, continue cranking till the reel spool is full. Crank slowly by turning the handle and cut the excess line when the reel spool is full. 

How to string a fishing reel – Conclusion

We hope that this simple guide helps you in learning how to string a fishing reel. Just like fishing lines, fishing reels also have varieties. However, you can follow these simple steps to string any fishing reel. Maintaining the ideal orientation of the fishing line on the reel spool is the key to flawlessly string a reel. 

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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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