January 28

How To Setup A Spinning Reel

Today we're going to be talking about how to set up a spinning reel. the video above you will see my simple explanation of how this happens.

If you are a visual learner the video will help you out a lot. It is okay to seek advice from various experts on how to do this properly.

Before you buy your fishing line make sure you check the manufacturer specifications on the side of the spool. In my previous videos, I have shown this specification area and what it entails.

It will help you figure out what you need to purchase and how much line. You'll have on your open-face reel.

How To Spool A Spinning Reel

Spooling a spinning reel is not as hard as it seems. The real trick is to figure out which direction to place the fishing line and when you reel in the line.

Below, I will list steps that you should follow to easily get the fishing line from its current location on to your spinning reel spool. 

  1. Place the fishing line on the ground “Label up” - This will put in the correct direction that the line was spooled onto the holder.
  2. Feed the line through the eyelits of the fishing rod from the tip to the bottom
  3. Open the bail of the spinning reel
  4. Put the end of the line into the “notch” on the spool that holds the end of the line
  5. Close the bail of the spinning reel
  6. Point your rod tip toward the fishing line holder and apply pressure to the line with the hand that is holding the rod - This will keep the line tight and not allow it to fall off the spool
  7. Reel in the line until it is all on the spool

Fishing Line Spooler

If you don't want to go through the pain of learning how to spool your own fishing line this is the tool for you. Simply add on your favorite fishing line and reel it in!

How To Spool A Spinning Reel With Braid

Spooling braided line onto a spinning reel is not much different than doing it with monofilament or fluorocarbon. 

The real thing that you'll have to watch out for is the fact that the line needs to be typed for the braided line to lay correctly on the school. 

If slackline is occurring on the spool one of your reeling it in you will run into problems. the braided line will start digging into the layers of the fishing line on the spool.

Then you'll have little snag where you'll cast and then the line will pause and then release again because he got tripped up by itself.

Braided Line On A Spinning Reel

This issue could also happen while you're casting. It's very annoying for this to happen so I suggest that you only use heavier baits when you're using braided lines.

Even the very light bread lines can still have this problem for the simple fact that they don't stretch.

Spooling A Spinning Reel With Mono

Putting the monofilament line on your spinning reel is just the same as the process listed above. You don't have to do anything special and even if you mess up a little it will be okay.

As long as it's not braided line it won't dig into itself very much and it won't impede your fishing.

Open Face Reel

You will still have to watch out for slackline when you're casting. Before every cast check the spool to see if the line has little tangles in it or twist. Using spinners can cause this to happen quite rapidly if you don't use the right knot.

How To Spool A Spinning Reel Evenly

If you want to put fishing line on a spinning reel evenly you will have to make sure that the fishing line is placed with the label up and hold the line so that it remains tight.

As I stated before, the label needs to be up because this is the opposite way that it was real onto the holder. You need to keep a tight line so that the line doesn't fall off this full moon you reeling it in or cause it's become loose.

The natural movement of a spinning reel is made to place the line evenly but only if it's in the right direction and it's tight.

Even Spooling on Spinning Reel

Open Reel Fishing Pole Setup

The set up for your open face reel and fishing pole is not too hard. The only real thing you need to do is make sure that you're spinning reel is tightly attached to your fishing rod.

I can't tell you how many times over the years that my spinning reel has become loose and I did not actually know it. That's when you run into the funny situations when you cast in your Spinning Wheel goes along for the ride. Don't be that person.

Also, make sure that your fishing line is going evenly through the eyelets on your fishing rod. If you have a two-piece or more fishing rod you'll be constantly adjusting the straightness of eyelets because this is important for fighting a fish and also feeling bites.

How To Take Fishing Line Off Spool

There really isn't anything special to taking fishing line off the spool unless you want to use it again. If you're just throwing it away just pull it off as fast as you can and I'm going to trash.

If you're going to use it again later you want to reverse the process that I listed above. You want to keep the line tight and you want to place it on the holder in the face of position. The natural curling of the fishing line will tell you which direction it wants to go on the holder.

Fishing Line Remover

If you don't want to go through the pain of removing your own fishing line this is the tool for you. Simply attach it to your fishing line and press a button.

 The easiest way to make sure that it gets on a holder fishing reel is to make your drag on your spinning reel extremely light.  Then we can tape the end of the fishing line in the proper direction on the holder.

I would suggest putting a pencil through the middle of the fishing line and then using another pencil to turn the fishing line while you make sure that the line stays tight.

If you want to make your own invention for this that's perfectly fine but this works for me.


I hope that this blog post has helped you learn how to set up a spinning reel and rod. It can be very tricky learning how to put on that new line that you bought.

Fishing line doesn't come with instructions on how to put it on a fishing reel because it doesn't know which one you're using. However, a simple document provided with the product would be fantastic.

Thankfully there are YouTube videos and blogs that are more than happy to help you figure out how to do this.

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