How To Put Fishing Line On A Baitcasting Reel?

How to Spool a Baitcasting Reel?

Know How To Put Fishing Line On A Baitcasting Reel with this article.

Millions of people around the globe enjoy fishing as a relaxing activity. It may seem simple, but there are many skills that you must master. You need to know how to attach fishing line to a baitcasting reel.

Although it may seem simple, you will need to practice how to attach fishing line to a baitcasting reel. You can learn this skill if you take your time, work hard, and are patient.

Fishing is a new hobby, so there are likely some terms that you don’t know, like baitcasting reel or fishing line. Although you may be familiar with the terms, you might not know what they mean. Before you can learn how to attach fishing line to a baitcasting reel, it is important to understand what you are working with.

For beginners, a baitcast reel is the most difficult reel to cast. It is easier to spool line with a baitcaster reel than it is on a spincast or spinning reel, but beginners will appreciate this.

When spooling a baitcaster, the main consideration is the size and type line that you are using. You will need to spool 20-pound test line on your reel. This means that you will use more line to fill the spool than if you were using thinner 10-pound test.

Things to do before you start

The following gear is required:

  • Rod
  • Reel
  • Line
  • A tool to make a line. Nail clippers are a tool I use because they are small and sharp.
  • To prevent the line from backing out, you can attach a lure, hook or weight at the end to keep it from backing off of the tip guide.

These are the things you should know:

  • Which direction should your reel go?
  • Know which type of reel you have. Baitcaster, Spinning, Spincasting, Fly, etc. This tutorial focuses on spooling a Baitcaster

What line should you use on your baitcaster?

There are three options when it comes to fishing line.

  1. Fluorocarbon
  2. Monofilament
  3. Braided

The type of fish you are fishing for will determine the best method, but I believe braiding is the best option. A leader is almost always on my main-line. If you want your leader floating, you can use mono. Fluoro will sink. Fluoro is my leader line because braided lines float.

Braided lines are tougher, more durable, and more sensitive. It’s the reason I use it. Mono is the best choice if you plan to fish on top of water. Fluoro is a better choice if you want the line to sink slightly.

Baitcasting vs Spinning

Although the basic concept of spooling a reel works the same for all types of reels, there are some minor differences.

If you have a baitcaster reel, you’ll need to feed the line through the line guide (tiny hole in the front of the reel) before you tie the line around the reel spool.

You will need to make sure your spinning reel has the line on the right side of the bail. This is easiest done by opening the bail and tying the line around your spool. You can find our instructions on how to spool your spinning rod here.

The Knot

The arbor knot is what we recommend for tying the line around the spool. The arbor knot is the best type of fishing knot for this use.

This knot is very simple and only consists of two overhand knots. The trickiest part is the fact that the inside knot must be tightened slowly enough to allow the line slip, but tight enough to create friction.

Tension Management

The single most important thing you can do when spooling a reel is to maintain tension while reeling in the new line. Incorrectly doing this can lead to loose loops on your spool, which can lead to several serious problems.

You’ll have inconsistent castings because your reel will unravel at different speeds depending on how fast the lure is flying through the air. This will cause you to lose control over how far you can cast, which in turn can lead to jerkiness and loss of accuracy. This can also lead to you being a baitcaster which can be a real pain.

A second problem is that loose loops below several layers can cause binding or kinks which can lead to weakening of your fishing line and making it more prone for breaking. This could result in you losing fish and lures.

Step by Step Guide to Put Fishing Line On A Baitcasting Reel

Step 1: Locate your line correctly

This should be fed through the line guide on a baitcaster reel. This should be done before the line guide is installed to ensure that the line is evenly distributed. Although you could theoretically do it manually, it would be very time-consuming and difficult.

Step 2: Loop your line around the reel spool

This can be the most difficult part of a baitcaster. You can thread the line through holes on your reel and then give the handle a quick twist so that the line goes around the spool.

You won’t be able to see the lines if you don’t have any holes.

You will need the baitcaster to feed the line directly onto the reel. This can be done by inserting something into the middle of the reel and holding it up. It can be as easy as sticking a pencil in the middle. To allow the line to fall straight, have someone hold the pencil on either side of the spool.

Step 3: Tie an Arbor Knot around the Spool

You can tie two overhand knots here. The process is very straightforward. Just make sure you tighten your knots enough so that the friction required to start the spooling. You’ll soon notice if it’s too loose.

Step 4: Keep tension at the same time as you reel by pinching the line

To ensure that your reel spins smoothly, you must maintain tension. Start reeling by pinching the line right in front of your reel. The line should be held tight enough that it can be reeled in. Monofilament and fluorocarbon lines are more delicate than others because they stretch under tension. It is important to limit stretch and keep it tight enough not to allow for loose loops.

Step 5: Pull the line in

Maintain tension and reel the line in until the line is about 1/8″ from the outside of your spool. This is the “full” mark for most manufacturers.

Step 6: Feed the line through the rod guides

You can run the line through the guides to give yourself several feet more line than the guide at the tip.

Step 7: Attach a hook or lure to the end of the line

This step serves two purposes: to keep the line in a good tension and prevent it from backing up on your reel. I prefer to tie a small hook. It will work well, and it won’t tie up any lures I may want to use on another rod.


Do I run the line through all guides or just one?

Although it doesn’t really matter, I find it easier to do so after you have more control over the line while you reel it in. It can be a little difficult to manage the line when it runs the length of the reel. You can do it if you’ve done it before.

Why did I not know to keep the spool of lines face up?

This applies only to spinning reels. However, it is to follow the same direction that the manufacturer loaded the line onto a spool. This is also the direction that the line will be cast from the reel.

There are some spots that aren’t quite right on my reel. What should I do?

You might be able just to pull them if they are not too far from the surface. If the problem is deeper, you will need to remove it from the surface and re-reel it with sufficient tension.

How do I prevent line twist while spooling new lines?

This method works well to avoid twisting. If your line has a twist, you will need to determine which direction it is going and then flip the line spool over to straighten it.

How much line do I put on?

Reels will indicate how many test pounds they can hold. It’s difficult to determine how many yards a hypothetical 150 yard of 600-yard spool holds.

You’ll need to fill the reel up until the outside edge of the line meets the outside edge of the spool.

My reel spool is brittle. Are they able to be run through my line?

Others do it and have no problem. I am paranoid about possible kinks and sharp angles in my line, so I wrap it completely around the spool. It doesn’t matter which way you choose.

Is it possible to overfill or underfill your pool?

Yes. Both are possible.

Overfilling a reel could cause casting problems or even damage to the reel’s parts. Overfilling a reel can also cause water to absorb into the line, making it less elastic.

The reel will spin more quickly when it is underfilled than if it were full. Additional friction can lead to casting distance being lost.

How can I stop braided lines from slipping?

Because braided line is more flexible than mono or fluoro, there is less friction. This can cause problems when trying to get the line moving when you reel it in. You might lose it, and it can slip and slide.

You can solve this problem by using a backing line of mono fluoro or mono that is a few feet long. This can be extended to 1/3 of the spool’s depth. This is the line that starts the reel. You can then tie a knot to join the braid and the backing line. We recommend using a double uni knot for its strength and simplicity.

That’s it. To quickly change lures, I attach a clip to the end of my leader. This setup works best for me, and it’s a great one if you want to fish for many different types of fish.

Enjoy your fishing. There are many fish in the ocean.

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Lewis Mark is a vastly experienced fly fisher. His encyclopedic knowledge of fly tying has led to start blog on fishing. He also review Fishing equipment based on his knowledge and experience.