How to Tie a Line to a Reel

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How to Tie a Line to a Reel
Knowing how to change the line keeps your reel in top shape. (Jupiterimages/Polka Dot/Getty Images)

In order to keep your fishing reel functioning at maximum capacity, changing out the line at least every three months is necessary. Fishing line breaks down due to exposure to UV rays from the sun and stress on the line from fights with fish. Spool your fishing reel using a "noose-knot." This knot holds tension under pressure, and allows you to thread the spool and reel up the length of line you need.

Skill level:
Moderately Easy


  1. 1

    Open the reel so the end of the spool is exposed. Spincasting reels use enclosed housings that turn counterclockwise and are then pulled off; spinning and bait casting reels have exposed spools.

  2. 2

    Wrap one full coil of line around the spool end, then thread the end of the fishing line through the reel's level-wind arm under the bail.

  3. 3

    Wrap the line coming off the spool around the main line three times.

  4. 4

    Bring the end of the line back down toward the spool, keeping the three coils loose. Pass the end of the line through the three coils from the spool end.

  5. 5

    Pull tight on both ends of the line to form a noose-knot. Slide the knot down onto the end of the spool. Crank the fishing reel to spool the line onto the reel.

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