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Here you’ll learn how to put fishing line on an open face reel and how to put fishing line on a closed face reel. Just follow simple steps and you’ll learn it in no time. Prepare your spinning reel, line, pliers and you’re good to start.
How to Put a Fishing Line on an Open Face Reel?
Open face reels can be a ton of fun since they allow anyone to throw long and precise casts. However, the lines tend to twist and tangle if you are not careful enough, that’s why I want to show you how to put a fishing line on an open face reel.
It’s important that you replace your line as soon as you notice the reel doesn’t cast as it should. Follow these simple steps below and spooling an open face reel will be a snap.
The Items that You Need:
If you are just learning how to put a fishing line on an open face reel, you don’t have to panic about the tools. Everything is extremely simple, and you just need a few tools that you probably already have around your house.
- Open face reel
- Pliers or clippers
- New spool of line
- A Pen
Step by step guide
- First, remove the old piece of line and make sure that your guard reel is open before you start putting fishing line on open face reel. Thoroughly clean the reel from all debris and check in which direction the reel rotates.
- Find a little eyehole through which you are supposed to pull the new line through. In case your reel doesn’t have it, you can make a simple loop and wrap it around the reel. When you find the hole, pull the line through and make a strong knot. Make sure to cut the excess line, so it doesn’t get in the way later.
- After the line is secured, you can close your guardrail and start reeling the line on. Run a few inches of the line in one way and then change the direction so you create a loop. To make this as smooth as possible you can put a pen through the spool and have someone hold it while you reel. Keep putting fishing line on open face reel until you don’t get a reel full of the new line. After that, just cut the end of the line.
- Attach the reel to the rod and pull the line through all the guides. Just make sure that the line is tight and centered. Test the rotation and the smoothness of your reel before you go fishing and that’s it.
As you could see, spooling an open face reel is not that of a big deal. You don’t have to lose your nerves every time your line wears out or gets tangled.
Just follow these simple steps on how to put a fishing line on an open face reel and you will be able to do it in no time. Fishing is our way to relax and have fun, we don’t want to stress out about little things like putting fishing line on an open face reel.
How to Put a Fishing Line on a Closed Face Reel?
Everyone should know how to put a fishing line on a closed face reel. Changing your old fishing line is important if you want to avoid your line getting entangled or twisted while fishing.
A closed-faced reel or spin cast reel is the common choice among beginners because it is easier to use than any other. They are very reliable and can be used in any rugged conditions.
Here is an article on how to put a fishing line on a closed face reel which is very easy and quick. These are the easiest two methods you can use.
- Unscrew the top cone: You should first take off the top cap of the reel by unscrewing it. In some, you may find a button just to click and unlock it.
- Take off the old line: Remove any old line that is on the reel. You can even leave the same old line as a backup, but leave enough space to fit in a long new line.
- Spool the new line: To do this, first, run the new line through the hole in the top cone you’ve unscrewed. Thereafter, make an arbor knot or a slip knot and tie the new line to the reel. Make sure the knot is tight enough. It shouldn’t come off later. If you have left behind some old line, then tie the new and old line together with a nail knot or two clinched knots.
- Screw the top cone back: For this, pull the new line tight and only then put the top cone back and screw it tight. You need to make sure that there isn’t any twisted or tangled new line around the spool before to screw back the top cone.
- Reel the new line: First of all, place the filler reel on the floor or somewhere far and then start reeling in the new line. This makes it easier to prevent twists and knots. As you reel the new line, make sure to put some tension on the line so that it’s tight. Do it steadily and make sure there no entanglements inside or outside.
- Spool the line and leave some space on the reel: It is always recommended not completely to fill the reel. You should keep about 1/8th inch space from the spool’s rim.
- Run the new line through the ring guides: Now you need to run the new line through the ring guides and then hook your bait on the end of the line and go fishing. It is a good idea to hold the reel and keep the line between your fingers while casting. This would keep tension on the line for better fishing.
The second method on how to put fishing line on a closed face reel is almost the same as the first but with few differences. You can choose whichever you find is easiest.
- Remove the top part of the reel: Remove the top cover of the reel by turning it counterclockwise. Some reels come with a button to uncap the reel.
- Run the line through guides: It is advisable first to insert the new line through the ring guides to avoid any entanglements later. Run it from the tip of the rod towards the reel.
- Insert the line into the hole: You have to run the new line through the hole in the top cap cover.
- Spooling the new line: Make sure that you spool the new line in the same direction the reel turns. Make two turns and leave enough line to tie a knot. The line should be wrapped counterclockwise if the reel turns clockwise.
- Tie a knot on the end of the line: Tie a slipknot or an arbor knot against the reel tightly. Make sure that it doesn’t come undone later.
- Loading the new line: You need to crank the handle and load the line. Crank the handle in the same direction you loaded the line. Hold the line between your fingers to put pressure in order to keep the line straight.
- The thickness of the new line: As you spool the new line, do not fill the reel fully. Leave about 0.32 cm (1/8th inch) space from the lip of the reel. If you spool the reel fully, it may come undone later on.
- Cover the reel: Hold the new line tightly and then put the cover back on the reel. Ensure that there are no twists and tangling while you put the cover back.
- Cut the line: Go to the tip of the rod and snip the new line. Make sure that you snip the line beyond the rod and not under the rod.
There are many other ways on how to put a fishing line on a closed face reel. The ones mentioned here are the easiest and beginners can do it easily without any assistance.
If you have any questions for me, you can leave them in the comment section.