How to Put Fishing Line on a Spincast Reel
To be good at angling, you need to learn the tricks of the trade. Besides a good set of fishing equipment, the knowledge about how to use it is important to reel in what you’re fishing for. As they say, the best fishers don’t need the best fishing rods. A crucial component of a fishing assembly is the fishing reel. The first thing you must know about a reel is how to put a fishing line on it.
What is a Spincast Reel?
A fishing reel is that part of the fishing assembly which is used to wind or stow a fishing line. Recreational anglers and casters use a fishing reel. A spincast reel is a fixed-spool type of fishing reel with a closed face. It has all parts covered by the nose cone with only one tiny hole which is where the fishing line comes out. The conical cover not only encloses the spool but also helps control the line.
Spinning reels, which are the most common types of reels, are generally mounted at the bottom of the fishing rod. However, spincast reels are designed to be mounted on the top. Spincast reels are particularly easy to cast which makes them a good choice for beginners and children.
Putting a Fishing Line on a Spincast Reel
It is quite an easy process to put a fishing line on a spincast reel if you follow the steps carefully. In order to do so, you should follow the method described below.
Preparing the Reel
As we mentioned earlier, a spincast reel is a closed-face reel. This means that the spool is enclosed inside the reel. For this reason, the first step is to take off the reel cover. This can be easily done by turning it to unscrew it. Some reels do not have a thread but use a notch and pin mechanism. In this case, remove the pin and pull the cover out from the notch.
Removing the Old Line
If you have recently bought a brand new spincast reel, you can ignore this step. However, if you already have an old fishing line on the reel, you will first need to remove this. This can be done in two ways depending on what your goal is.
If you have an old line, the inner part of which is still very much usable, you can choose to keep this and tie it to new line. In this case, pull out the length of line you would like to replace and cut it at that point.
Alternatively, if you would like to completely replace your line, pull out the entire old line and untie the end knot or cut it off.
Tying the New Line
The method of tying a new line will depend on whether you removed your old line completely, have a brand new reel, or still have some old line you plan to use. In case you have removed the old line completely or inserted a brand new reel, pass the new line through the hole in the cover from the rod’s end.
It might sometimes be easier to run the line using the rod guides. This is done from the tip of the rod towards the handle. Finally, you end this step by making an arbor knot at the reel.
In case you still have old line you wish to use, you should create two clinch knots or a single nail knot to tie the two lines together.
Finishing It Up
Lastly, replace the reel cover by screwing it back on or putting the pin back. Use your thumb and index finger to hold the line, apply tension and wind it onto the reel. To check whether you have reached the spool capacity, you might have to remove the reel cover once again.
Reeling the New Line
This step is necessary to make sure that the line is coming off the spool correctly. It will also ensure that the line is not twisted, which is important for its strength.
To begin, take your filler spool and lay it on the ground. Hold the line tight using one hand and using the other, start reeling the new line on the reel.
Tension in the line is key to getting this part right and putting the line on successfully. If left loose, the line is at the risk of catching on itself at some point and may even cause casting problems later.