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Tying Line to a Fishing Reel

Welcome to The FinTalk Fishing Knots details page for Spooling a Fishing Reel. Follow the directions step by step and practice tying any particular knot over and over until you have it mastered. Learn it and practice it so when you are faced with changing lures or rigs in the middle of a hot bite you can quickly tie your knot and get your line back in the water. Sometimes the bite is only on for a little while so getting caught up with tying and re-tying rigs can cost valuable fish time. Remember not only should you be able to tie your knot fairly quick but you should be able to tie your fishing knot properly fairly quick. Nothing is worse than having what you know was a big daddy fish and losing him only to wind up your line to see your knot failed. It is enough to ruin your day, especially if the fishing is slow. So enjoy learning to tie these knots and for more detailed instructions check out "Fishing Knots and Rigs' by Geoff Wilson.

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Ever wondered how to attach a leader to your main line properly or tie a Bimini Twist?.. Then take a look at this book "The Complete Book of Fishing Knots & Rigs" written by Geoff Wilson. The book offers an extensive list of knots and rigs which have been brilliantly illustrated by master angler Geoff Wilson. To read information for the knot on this page and many other useful knots and rigs we strongly recommend that you purchase a copy of 'The Complete Book of Fishing Knots & Rigs'

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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)


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 (listed on Fintalk) for a quick and easy way of tying line to a reel.

Fishing Knot Details
Knot Instructions
SEE FIGURE 1 Below on additional picture. **SPINNERS** 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.
SEE FIGURE 2 Below on additional picture. **BAIT CASTERS** 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.
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