How To Put Line On A Spinning Reel – 5 Easy Steps

You want to go out fishing but still, need to figure out how to put line on a spinning reel? If you are, then you have come to the right place. Spend some time reading this article and learn how to spool a spinning reel properly.

Let’s to right into it...

According to, the first thing you need to keep in mind when spooling spinning reel is to make sure that you put a line that will give you the right line capacity. You never want to have less than a hundred yards of line on your reel.

Different Types of Lines​

Here are some of the different types of line you can use for your reel:


Braided Trolling Line

Dacron is available with a lead core for trolling lures deep down behind the boat (Trolling). This heavy, specialized line changes colour every 10yd to indicate the length of the line being trolled and comes in connected spools of 100yd each of 10lb-test.

Lead-cored trolling line has now largely been made redundant by the technique of downrigger trolling.

Fly Lines

Modern fly lines are made in one of two ways. Those of American origin are based on a vertical PVC plastisol technique, while those manufactured in the UK tend to be made from extruded PVC and production is computer controlled.

American dry lines, for instance, incorporate microscopic glass beads as their floating agent, while British manufacturers use blowing agents, resulting in tiny bubbles of gas within the line’s outer coating. Nearly all lines vary in length between 27yd and 35yd and have a core of nylon braid over which the plastic coating is fused.

Floating sink tip (a floating line whose first 10 ft is fast sinking), intermediate (a neutral-density line that sinks exceptionally slowly), slow sinkers, medium sinkers, fast sinkers and extra-fast sinkers (hi D) lines are all available here – Sinker Tips.

Floating lines are available in light colours so that they can easily be seen by the angler, while sinking lines, because they are retrieved through the water close to the fish, are made in darker colours. Several tapes are available here – Fishing Tapes.

Level fly lines (81A) are used as backing in conjunction with a shooting head to obtain maximum casting distances. The shooting head consists of just 10 yd of rapid – taper line (81E).

Double taper lines (81B) are at their thickest in the middle, and taper most frequently used for representing the dry fly, rollcasting and spey casting. The double-taper line is reversible, and so after a year or two’s use it should be turned around and a new backing knot tied.

Weight-forward lines (rocket taper) (81C) have the bulk of the casting weight locked up in the first 10yd of the line, which makes casting into the wind and long-distance casting much easier.

Bass-bug/saltwater taper (81D) is an extreme forward-taper line with a shorter, heavier section at the front end, enabling coasts to be made using large or heavy flies, popping bugs and small spinners.

Wire Line

Only when boat fishing at sea, fishing on the bottom in extremely deep and fast water, is there a need for wire reel line. Specialized, stainless-steel, braided wires in 20lb, 30lb, 40lb, and 50lb test, such as Tide-cheater marketed by Ryobi Masterline, permit the use of considerably lighter leads (due to its narrow diameter) than would be needed to keep a bait on the bottom with a monofilament or Dacron reel line of the same breaking strain.

Penn Reels of the USA make a narrow drum multiplier, called the Super Mariner, specifically designed for using the wire.

Owing to its minimal stretch, wireline registers the tiniest of bites and is joined at the trace swivel with a slim-line gauge crimp.

How To Put Line On A Spinning Reel


What you want to do before putting the line on is make sure that you open the bail. It’s something that a lot of people forget, but if you don’t open the bale before you tie the line on the spool, you won’t be able to tie the line under the spool.


The next thing you need to do is tie the line onto the reel itself. The process is nothing complicated for your actual knot. All it is just an overhand knot.


Loop the knot around the spool, tie one overhand knot just like what you are doing with your shoe. Then take another overhand knot and do the same thing, and tie it and pull it down tight.


Once you’ve got it tied, you can take the actual tag in. Take a set of scissors here and make sure you cut it as close as you can so it doesn’t impede the line that comes off the rest of the reel.

One of the tricks you can do is take the sticker from your spool and also put on top of the remaining line. Cut a little bit of the sticker and put it on the spool, right on top of the knot.

This is going to do two things: It keeps the line off the spool and then it keeps your tag in from becoming an issue for the rest of the line.


From there you are then ready to wire the line onto your spool. One thing you want to make sure with your spool is that you want to make sure you’ve got the label facing up when you’re setting it down. If the label of the spool is facing up, the line will come off clockwise.

It’s also going to match it out with the way that the line is going out of the reel.

Line, whether its monofilament or fluorocarbon, has some memory. It has memory to a certain size of the spool, going into a smaller spool but it’s also got the memory to the direction it is going. If you can keep it going in the right direction, it’s going to make things a lot easier for you.

Then all that’s left to do is hold it nice and tight while your drag it down. You also need to make sure you have it pinched in your fingers real right. Don’t line too fast because you might burn your fingers. Keep wining on the spool until it’s full.

When we say full, we’re talking about maybe having it just a sixteenth of an inch below the capacity of the spool. So the capacity would be with the line being completely flushed with the spool itself.

Once all that is done and the spool is full, take the scissors and cut the line. You want to fill the spool with just enough line. Don’t overfill it and just settle for its maximum capacity. Remember you only need a minimum of 100 yards and not less.

Check out this video to see the whole process in real view:


How To Put Line On A Spinning Reel

That’s how to put a line on the spinning reel. If you keep those steps in mind, putting a line on the spinning reel is going to be much easier for you. This is one of those stories of wate you can share with your friends, especially if they also love fishing like you.

Happy Fishing!

How To Put Line On A Spinning Reel – 5 Easy Steps
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