Hey fisherman, today we’re going to talk about how to put line on your spinning reel. If you are using old line, your ability to cast suffers. Additionally, the line becomes weaker over time and with more usage, your chances to lose that trophy catch increase every season.
For this reason, I recommend putting new line on your top spinning reel every season at a minimum. Under heavy fishing conditions, you may need to do so more often.
Whether this is a new reel or you are restringing a fishing pole, this is how to get it done properly.
The Right Line Is Important
You’re going to want to choose the fishing line based on the size of the fish you will be catching as well as the size of the reel it is going on. For instance, you wouldn’t want to put thick 30 lb test line on a very small spinning reel. The result would be very poor casting and performance. Similarly, you wouldn’t want to fill a large reel with 4 lb test line. It sure would take a lot!
Beyond choosing the size (strength) of the line, you also need to decide if you will be fishing with monofilament, fluorocarbon, or braided fishing line. This will largely depend on how you will be fishing. Monofilament fishing line has a lot of stretch and can be a hindrance in some cases. Braided line is highly visible and can deter fish from moving in. Each has its merits and weaknesses and that choice is up to you.
Put Line On Your Spinning Reel
1. Put the fishing reel onto a properly sized spinning rod. It doesn’t have to be the entire rod if it’s 2 piece, just the bottom will be fine.
Remember that it is important to respool every year at a minimum. Aside from the wear and tear, if you fish as much as me, you end up changing tackle enough to make a lot of that line disappear. The video below is a walkthrough of how to spool a spinning reel with a new Shimano Sienna 2500 combo.
Hopefully, these tips on spooling a spinning reel help you avoid line twist and wind knots for the season. Now that your spinning reel is filled with new line, go out and catch some fish!
Good luck and happy fishing!