Tying Line to A Spool

Fishing with old line is a costly mistake. After use, abuse and exposure to the elements, weathered line is weak and thereby unreliable. The best, and least expensive, insurance against broken lines and lost trophies is learning how to change line properly, and doing it frequently.

See the illustrations below for help in spooling your reels properly. You may also see the Arbor Knot for a quick and easy way of tying line to a reel.

Tying Line to A Spool

With Spinners

(SEE FIGURE 1 ABOVE) Run the line through the rod guides down to the reel. Flip the wire bail open and tie the line onto the reel spool. Snug the knot down, then clip excess line end with nail clipper. Lay the filler line spool on the floor so the line coils in the same direction the spool turns when you crank the handle. If the reel turns counter clockwise, make sure the line is coiling off the filler spool counter clockwise. Otherwise the line will wind on to the reel and twist, and this will cause casting problems. Fill the reel to within 1/8 inch of the full spool capacity or to the level indicated in the reel manual.

With Bait Casters

(SEE FIGURE 2 ABOVE) Start at the tip of the rod and run the line through all the guides down the rod to the reel. Next feed the line to the reel spool, through the reel line guide. Next loop the line around the reel spool, and tie it on. Snug the knot down, then clip excess line end with nail clipper. Now have a friend hold a line spool directly in front of the rod tip with a pencil through the middle of the line spool. Then reel the line off the line spool keeping slight tension on the line. Fill a bait-cast reel to within 1/4 inch of capacity or the level instructed in the reel manual. Another tip – is to place the line through a book if you don’t have an extra set of hands available. Make sure you keep the rod tip pointed directly to the book.

Video Instructions

Knot Tying Terminology

  • Butt: The thick part of the leader. The butt of a leader is attached to the fishing line.
  • Tag or Tag End: The working end, the part of the line where the knot is tied.
  • Standing Part: The main part of the line that is fixed and under tension. Such as the part of line that is on the reel.
  • Standing End: The short area at the end of the standing part of the line.
  • Working End: The part of the line used actively in tying a knot. The opposite of the standing end.
  • End: A loop is a closed curved line, formed by bringing the tag end back and alongside the standing part, or a knot that creates a loop.
  • Tippet: The end of a leader to which the lure is attached. The tippet can be the end of a leader or an added line to the end of a leader.
  • Turns or Wraps: A turn or wrap is one complete revolution of line around another.
  • Overhand Knot: The foundation for many other knots. (A Granny Knot before it is pulled tight)