How to Run Fishing Line Through Rollers

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How to Run Fishing Line Through Rollers
Rollers can protect your fishing line. (fishing boat fly bridge Florida Keys water ocean image by Paul Retherford from

Fishing rollers are small metal frames typically placed on large game fishing rods between the regular metal or plastic eye guides on the bottom third of the rod, close to the handle. They allow the line to last longer because the material they are made of dissipates heat that is caused by friction between the rod guides and the line. An overheated line could potentially break, especially if you are angling for a large fish that can swim away from the boat while taking your line with it. The placement of the roller guide is similar to the placement of line through regular eye guides.

Skill level:


  1. 1

    Release the fishing line from your reel by pushing the spool release button. Ensure that the line is the appropriate test weight for the size of fish you are angling for. You might have an open reel where you will need to move the metal bar to the right or left to release the line.

  2. 2

    Pull the line out from the reel and insert it into the first roller guide. Continue feeding the line through the length of the rod, threading it through each roller guide and eye guide as it approaches. The roller guides have an eye hole near the bottom of the back and front convex frame. Thread the line through the eyes.

  3. 3

    Pull the line into the roller at the rod tip.

Tips and warnings

  • Roller guides are usually made of anodised aluminium and stainless steel. They are usually installed on high-end trolling rods.

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