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Correctly spooling fishing line on bass fishing reels

Correctly spooling fishing line on bass fishing reels

Correctly spooling fishing line on bass fishing reels

Why waste time on the water dealing with backlashes, twists, and loops when you could correctly spool your fishing line from the start? Here’s what you need to know.

Spinning reels

Spinning reels

Spooling line on this type of reel can be more problematic compared to bait casters, but there are some tips that can really help you out.

Step 1

First and foremost, make sure that you are spooling the fishing line on your bass fishing reel in the right direction. You need to ensure that you spool in the same direction that the manufacturer did when creating the filler spool. This will normally be in a clockwise direction, but this is not always the case. To determine if this is how your reel will wind the line, turn the handle and watch which way your bail arm moves. If it travels clockwise, this is the direction it will wind the spool on.

This means that you want your line coming off your filler spool and onto the reel in a clockwise direction. If you need to check that this is happening, take a look at your filler spool and see which way your free tag end is pointing. If it is pointing to the left, the line is leaving the spool clockwise. Once you determine this, put the filler spool down face up.

Step 2

Run some of the line from your filler spool through the rod guides and to the reel. Make sure that you either thread your line under your bail arm or that the bail is open. Loop some of the line around the spool and tie it to your reel, preferably using an arbor knot. If the bail was open, close it now.

Step 3

Test for any twists or loops in your line by turning your handle up to eight times and then stopping. If there are any twists or loops, flip over your filler spool and continue to wind.

Step 4

Wind your line onto the spool, ensuring that there is some tension. Pinch the line just before your first guide but above the reel. Alternatively, you could wind your line through a rag that has been soaked in Real Magic or another silicone lubricant. This will help to limber up your Monofilament Line. Do not go above an eighth of an inch under your reel’s rim.

Monofilament Line

Bait casting reels

Spooling line onto this kind of reel is easier than it is with spinning reels. Start by choosing your line from your Stowaway and then run some from the filler spool through your rod guides and to the reel. Run it through your level-wind device and loop some around your spool. Use an arbor or uni-knot to securely tie your line.

Stowaway

Make sure you have some tension on your line as you wind it onto your reel. You could put a pen or pencil in the hole of your filler spool. Someone will then need to hold it in place as you wind on the line. Alternatively, you could use a winder device. Line spoolers can be really easy to use, and there are portable versions that stick to tables and ones that will fasten to the shaft of your rod.

Tying an arbor knot

One of the integral parts of correctly spooling your fishing line is being able to tie it securely at the end. The arbor knot is the best choice for this job. If you don’t know how to tie one, here is a step-by-step guide.

Step 1

Start by wrapping some line around the spool. Go in a clockwise direction and then tie around your standing line using an overhand knot.

Step 2

Tie a second overhand knot as close to the first as you can and in the tag end. Make sure it is pulled tightly.

Step 3

Slide your completed knot towards the reel spool until it fits closely against it and then snip off the tag.

All of these steps should help you to make sure you complete your fishing line spooling properly. This is extremely important as there is nothing more frustrating than heading out on a fishing trip and finding that you spend more time trying to sort out birds’ nests and line twists than you do enjoying the scenery and catching the fish you set out to find. A little time spent at the start of your fishing adventure will really pay dividends in the end and give you the best chance possible of enjoying a successful trip.