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How To Spool a Spincast Reel

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What You’ll Need:

  • Spincast reel
  • Fishing line
  • Scissors or a line cutter
  • A pencil or similar object

Step 1: Open the Reel Start by removing the cover of the spincast reel. This usually involves twisting it off. Make sure you keep all parts secure and remember how they fit back together.

Step 2: Attach the Line Find the end of your new fishing line. Thread it through the guide on the reel cover and then tie it to the reel spool. Use an arbor knot or a simple knot that won’t slip under tension.

Step 3: Reattach the Cover Once the line is securely tied, cut off any excess line beyond the knot. Then, carefully reattach the reel cover, making sure it’s snug and secure.

Step 4: Spool the Line Hold the line taut with your hand, and slowly start to reel. It’s helpful to have someone else hold the spool of line on a pencil, allowing it to spin freely. This keeps tension on the line and prevents twisting.

Step 5: Fill the Reel Keep reeling until the spool is filled to about 1/8 inch from the edge. Avoid overfilling as it can cause the line to spill off the reel during casting.

Step 6: Cut the Line Once your reel is adequately filled, cut the line from the spool. Then, thread it through the rest of your rod’s guides.

Final Tips:

  • Ensure the line you choose is suitable for your reel’s capacity.
  • Spooling in a place without wind helps prevent tangles.
  • Check the line for twists before you start fishing.