What You Need To Know About Spooling A Spinning Reel

What You Need To Know About Spooling A Spinning Reel

Anglers can catch fish as a means of earning a living and also as a recreational activity. To have a fruitful and smooth fishing spree, you ought to have the appropriate fishing tools, appropriate tactics, endurance and zeal. To add to that, you definitely need to know how to use the fishing tools appropriately.

One of the most important things that you need to know is how to spool a spinning reel. I took my time to learn how to do it because I realized that having it right is a big plus for my fishing activities.

Each and every detail has to be done correctly, with almost no room for mistakes. A single mistake is bound to make a huge mess. To help you avoid ruining your fishing spree, here are a few things that you should pay close attention to when spooling your reel.


Basic steps needed when spooling a spinning reel

Determining the length of the line you should use on the spinning reel.

The line capacity varies from one reel to other reels. Always check the line’s capacity before you start putting some line on the spinning reel. The line’s capacity is noted on the front side of the fishing reel in most instances.

The capacities are indicated as follows; 6lb/240 8lb/200 10lb/175. This illustrates that for that reel you can have 240 yards of 6lb test to 175 yards of 10lb test. Ranging between these capacities is recommended since having one that exceeds will be problematic during fishing.

Avoiding line twists when spooling a spinning reel

To avoid getting the line twisted when spooning the reel; always ensure that you do it in the recommended direction. This turns out to be tricky to most anglers. What you need to put in mind is that you should have the fishing line put in the same direction in which the reel is turning. To illustrate this, when the spool is turning counter clockwise, you should load the line coming off the spool in a counter clockwise direction. This is simple of avoiding line twists when fishing.

For more information on the direction of the line, check out the following short video:

Requirements when you are spooling a fishing reel

To be able to successfully spool a fishing reel as an angler, there are some items that you need to be armed with. These items will help make your work very easy and smooth. These apparatus include;

  • Spinning reel
  • Fishing line
  • Screw driver
  • Something to cut the line' for instance a pair of scissors or fishing plier.

Step by step procedure on how to put a line on your spinning reel

I have outlined the steps that you need to follow to successfully put a line on your spinning reel and enjoy your fishing adventure. Please go through the steps carefully to make sure that you get everything right.

Step 1: On a flat surface, place your fishing rod and reel with the bail open. Having the bail open is very crucial since it will enable you to turn the spool so that you can bring in the line.

Step 2: Run the fishing line through the first guide on the fishing pole.

Step 3: Ensure that the line is coming off the spool in the same direction that the reel turns before you tie the fishing line to your reel. This will help you to avoid instances of getting the fishing line twisted. Use an arbor knot to attach the fishing line to the reel.

Step 4: Close the bail and pick your fishing rod.

Step 5: To further avoid getting the fishing line twisted, hold it in your right hand between your thumb and index finger. You will notice line loops if you retrieve the line loosely. The loops will most likely cause line twist which will cause quite a mess during fishing. To avoid this, insert some pressure with your finger and thumb.

Step 6: Slowly retrieve your line, paying close attention so that the spool does not flip over. Also, ensure that the fishing line comes off in the same direction as the one the spool turns. Both of these areas need too much care to keep the line from twisting.

Step 7: Remove the spool and dip it in water for ten minutes at most. This helps in making your line to gain memory while still on your spool. Try this out when you are working with fluorocarbon and monofilament fishing lines.

At times it may seem like the line is about to spring off the fishing reel especially once you are done spooling the reel. In this case, remove the spool and soak it in hot water for approximately ten minutes.

For More Information On How To Spool A Spinning Reel Enjoy The Following Video:

Learn how to Spool a Spinning Reel with Braided Line

The braided fishing line does not grip the spool like the monofilament does. In case you put the braided fishing line directly in the spool, the line wouldn’t spin along with the pool, which would end up making it impossible to reel in a fish.

What I do to avoid any possible inconvenience is that I put on the monofilament that is enough to cover up the spool and then I follow the procedure that I have given above to finish off with the braided line. You can also use a masking tape to cover the spinning reel in order for it to acquire the desired grip to keep the line from spinning with the spool.

In case your line twists, as it comes off the spool during your first cast, one of these could be the reason

  • This line was wrongly loaded onto the spool
  • Your fishing gear is probably not balanced, that is the line, the reel, the rod and the terminal tackle.


With the step by step procedure that I have shared with you, I am sure that during your next fishing spree you will experience no difficulties when fishing due to a line twist which makes your reel faulty, or difficulties when spooling your spinning reel. With all that I have listed above done perfectly, be sure to have fun when fishing.

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Louella Trump

Hi there, I’m Louella Trump, an adventurous young lady who loves exploring our beautiful nature by traveling and fishing. I write so as to share my passion and experiences with fellow readers who enjoy fishing and traveling as one of their recreational activities. My primary objective in sharing my experiences while traveling and fishing is to basically inspire any like-minded person out there to stop at nothing and leave no stone unturned in ensuring that they explore their passion as much as they can.

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