When getting a new rod, it’s important that you’ve already learned how to string a fishing pole the right way. It’s one of the essential fishing skills that anglers must have regardless of whether it’s your first rod or not.
You’ll be experiencing lost fish, poor casts, and tangles when trying to catch fish with a fishing pole that has been set up incorrectly. Read on as we’ll give you a quick run-through of everything that you should know about stringing a fishing pole!
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Materials for Stringing a Fishing Pole
Before we take you through the steps on how to string a fishing pole for beginners or how to line a fishing pole, let’s first discuss the things that are necessary for you to have in order to complete the task.
Make sure you’ve gathered all these before you start learning how to string a fishing rod:
- Your choice of fishing rod
- Your preferred fishing reel
- Fishing line
- All-purpose lure
- Knife or scissors
- For braid, electrical tape
If you already have these, then we can move on with…
How to String a Fishing Pole for Beginners
Remember that it takes practice to perfect how to string a fishing pole correctly. Take the steps to heart or review the step-by-step guide until you have successfully mastered the process.
Assemble the Fishing Rod
Take the rod out from its cover or packaging, then lay the pieces out on a clean, flat surface. Make sure that you clean or wipe each piece down using a piece of cloth in order to remove any dust or debris.
Once you’re satisfied, connect each section, starting with the thick bottom piece and then go up from there. Try to double check every section if it sits tightly connected with the next.
To check whether or not the line guides of your fishing rod are lined up straight, look down the rod. If necessary, twist to straighten.
Incorporate the Reel into Your Fishing Pole or Rod
For the next step, find the rod’s reel seat then open it up. On your spinner or spinning reel, locate the reel foot and slot it into the open seat.
You need to ensure that the new spool of your reel is facing in the direction that’s the same as the rod. Then, tighten the seat.
You would want the spinner to sit tightly on your fishing rod. But, you need to be cautious so as to not tighten it too hard or tight as the seat might crack.
Tie the Fishing Line to the Reel Using an Arbor Knot
An arbor knot will be for tying your line to your reel. The knot works in various kinds of reels from spinners to bait casters and flies. If you don’t know how to make an arbor knot, don’t fret.
It’s actually an easy knot to form using two overhand knots. The easiest way for you to tie an arbor knot is by wrapping the line’s end around your reel’s spool twice, leaving a lengthy or long tag end.
Grab the end or the loose or free end of your line, and make an overhand knot on the mainline or standing line. Doing so will create a loose knot on the mainline.
Next, get the tag end and then tie a second knot. Just use an overhand knot as It’s simple. This will serve as the stopper for your first loose knot. Lastly, pull your mainline so it tightens around your spool.
The knot on your tag end should cinch up to your reel’s spool. Cut off the tag end as close as you can to the spool.
Fill the Reel with Line
Take the fishing line then thread it through your rod’s metal loops or guides from the top all the way to the bottom. Make sure you don’t miss any guide.
Open the reel’s wire arm or bail arm. Once it’s opened, tie the line onto your spool using an arbor knot (described above). Make sure that your line goes to the reel in the direction it comes off your spool.
This will prevent line twisting. When it’s in the opposite direction, it’s going to tangle later. Then, close the wire arm. Start turning the reel hand to wind the line to your reel.
As the reel’s turning, you need to make sure your line is evenly spread and tightly wrapped to the spool. Leave around a quarter of an inch to the spool so your reel isn’t too full.
Attach a Hook/Bait/Lure to Your Line
You can do this using an improved clinch knot. To make an improved clinch knot, take your fishing line and then thread the line through the eye of the hook.
Take three inches as the tag end. Wrap your three-inch tag end around your mainline, pulling from the eye of the hook with the use of your index finger.
Wrap at least five times using your index finger. Grab the tag end then put it through a loop that’s located nearest to the hook.
It will form a loop between the top of your knot and the hook. Thread your tag end through the loop as well. Wet the knot then pull your mainline until your knot tightens around the hook/bait/lure.
Now you’re ready to fish! The steps laid out above will help you string fishing poles like a pro!
Follow these steps and once you get the hang of it, you’ll find the process to be quick and simple! If you’re experiencing an issue or you think it’s too hard, don’t give up! It’s not too hard as soon as you understand what you’re doing.
With our guide, you’ll be able to string rods easily regardless of the reel that you have. If you have questions for us, don’t hesitate to leave a comment below!
Great post, I always surprises me how something so simple can be messed up – even by us most experienced fishers. I managed to insert the line in that little slot between the runner and the rod attachment the other day and wondered why my line snapped on first catch.