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How to Put A Line On A Fishing Reel (7 Easy Steps)



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Have you ever been wrangling in a trophy fish, only to have your precious monofilament or braided line get horribly messed up or damaged?

And now you’ve got a spool full of twisted, knotted, and otherwise unusable lines that you’ll have to cut up and get rid of? Even worse, you’ve never had to do something like this by yourself and you’re at a loss as to how to re-spool your reel. This is why we’ve put together this guide on how to put a new line on your fishing reel. 

Types of Fishing Reels

Before we get into step-by-step guides on how to put a new line on your fishing reel, we’ll first look at all the different types of reels. The type of reel you have will change how you should replace your line. 

multiple fishing reels next to each other

There are 3 types of fishing reels: spincast, spinning, and baitcast.

Spincast Reels

A Spincast reel is by the far the simplest model of a reel on the market. It has a very simplistic design that makes it easy to use, making it popular with beginners, young anglers, or fishermen on a budget. While it’s not the most widely used model, it certainly has its merits. 

This reel has all of its inner workings hidden beneath a nose cone. On the bottom of it, there’s a handy little button that will act as your reel control. Pressing it will toggle between letting the reel drag out or locking it. A unique feature of this type of reel is the drag adjustment.

Essentially, this tool will adjustment how much resistance a fish will feel when they’re pulling the line. These reels are extremely easy to cast, hence their popularity with fledgling anglers. Simply hold down the button on the bottom of the reel, swing the rod, and then let go of the button.

Upon release, your line will fly out to wherever it is you were pointing with your rod’s tip. You can stop your line at any moment during the cast by pressing the button again. There are a few problems with this type of reel. The covering over the spool has a tendency to capture water, dust, and other debris causing damage to the line.

Unfortunately, these types of reels are usually not the best quality and don’t typically last more than one fishing season. They also don’t have as big of casting distance as other reel types and generally aren’t as precise. 

Spinning Reels

Next up are spinning reels. These are a step up from Spincast reels because they’re just a little more complicated. Spinning reels are the most popular type of reel out there and many expert fishermen likely have one or have used one in the past.

They’re also popular with beginners as they’re not hard to use. A spinning reel does not have any sort of covering on it as you’d see on a Spincast reel. Instead, this one uses a completely open design that features a drag adjustment mechanism on top.

By far, the most important feature on a spinning reel is the metal bail. This device locks the line, prevents it from unspooling, and ensures that the line will come back evenly on the spool as you reel in. The final feature of spinning reels is unique to them specifically.

This type of reel is attached to the underside of the rod, unlike Spincasters or Baitcasters. The position of the reel creates a more natural holding position and reportedly allows for a more balanced cast. Casting a spinning reel is extremely easy and really only requires a few auxiliary steps for a successful cast.

You’ll need to place a finger on a small part of the line that’s exiting the spool, above the bail. Then, you’ll simply disengage the bail and give your rod a swing, as it comes forward, take your finger off of the line and let your lure loose.

When the bait is landed you’ll want to reengage the bail. Most spinning reels will actually do this automatically when you start reeling in. However, that first spin of the reel can sometimes unbalance the line and cause a tangle that will ultimately require line maintenance if not a complete replacement. 

Baitcasting Reels

This is the most advanced type of fishing reel, both in terms of technology and in terms of the learning curve. The reason for this is because this type of reel features more moving parts than the previous two. However, mastery over a Baitcasting reel will ultimately give you the greatest casts you’ve ever seen. 

But what makes this rod so special? Well, besides the semi-enclosed and more durable makeup, the Baitcaster reel has two extra mechanisms that increase performance and allow for added customization. These two additions are the spool tension knob and the braking system.

These systems allow you to adjust how quickly the line will spill from the reel. Unlike the Spinning reel, a Baitcaster does not have a bail. While casting you’ll need to use your own thumb and press against the spool in order to stop the line from going out.

Once your bait has hopefully landed in your desired spot, simply press the clip to keep the line locked. This type of reel is recommended for advanced users because differing weights in lures require special settings while using the spool tension and braking system.

You’ll need to make sure to mess with both of the mechanisms to find the sweet spot every time you use a new lure. Additionally, these lures are the most expensive of the three. 

How to Put A Line On Each Fishing Reel 

Now that we’ve covered the different types of reels, we can get into how to change out the lines. We’ll start with the most simple type of lure, the Spincaster. 

How To Put Line On A Spincaster:

  1. First, you’ll need to take the cover off of the reel. As mentioned above, all spincaster have some sort of nose cone, whether it is plastic or metal. Some of these reels might have screws or latches that hold this nose cone together. 
  2. Now replace the old line by removing it from the spool. You can easily pull the old line from the Spincaster’s spool. A good strategy is to leave enough of the old line still in the spool for backing. 
  3. You’re now ready to start putting the new fishing line on the reel. Run the line through the first guide (the one closest to the reel) and then run it through the hole in the nose cone. If you don’t do this, you’ll have no way of putting the line through the nose cone.
  4. Now, you’ve got to tie the line to the spool. Tie an overhand knot and trim off the tag end with a pair of scissors. Then, tie a slip knot. This will create a big loop in the line with a tag end. Now, place the loop over the spool and pull on the end where you made the overhand knot, a type of fishing knot. The line should stop tightening once it hits the overhand knot. 
  5. Next, simply replace the nose cone. Remember to make sure it is locked in place! 
  6. Now you’re ready to start spooling. It is best to create some tension on your line by holding it between your thumb and index finger between the first guide and the nose cone. You can then start cranking until you have the desired amount of line inside of your spool. Don’t be afraid to remove the nose cone to see if you’ve used too much or too little of your new line. 
  7. Now, that you’ve got your line spooled. Cut off however much excess you’d like and then thread the end of the line through the remaining rod guides. All that’s left to do is tie on your favorite lure to your fishing rod! 

How To Put Line On A Spinning Reel: 

  1. If you have any old or tangled line still on the spool, remove all of it. 
  2. Next, you’ll need to run your line through the first guide and get ready to tie it around the spool. 
  3. Before you do that, you’ll need to remember this important step. It’s crucial that you open the bail arm of your spinning reel. If you skip this step and try to reel in the line, it won’t get picked up by the bail. Make sure to do this right before you tie your line! 
  4. Now you’re ready to put your line on the spool. Loop the line around the reel spool once and then tie an overhand not and pull it tight. Then, tie one more overhand not and make sure it’s tight just like the last one. Some people like to loop the line around the spool twice for extra security. This is known as an arbor knot. Make sure to cut the tag end off of your knot as close to the not as you can. 
  5. Winding the line onto the spool is a little tricky. To ensure there are no problems, have the new spool’s label facing upwards. The clockwise rotation of the new line will match up with how your reel spins. 
  6. Now, pinch a piece of the line between your index finger and thumb away from your reel. This will create tension and allow you to easily get your new line onto your reel. Start winding, but don’t go too quickly as you can burn your fingers. It will be full when it’s about 1/16th of an inch below the capacity of your spool. 
  7. Now, clip any excess line with a pair of scissors and thread it through the rest of the rod’s guides. Thread your new line through the rest of the line guides and then tie on a new lure. Now you’re ready to go fishing! 

How To Put Line On A Baitcaster:

  1. If you haven’t already, be sure to apply your Baitcaster reel to your fishing pole. 
  2. The next step, like with any of the different reel types. Is to remove any old or tangled line you’d like to replace. It is possible to save the old line and tie on the new line if you’re an angler who likes to save money. 
  3. Feed your new line through the first guide. On the front of Baitcaster reels, there is a hole known as the “wormguide.” Feed your line through that. 
  4. Next, wrap your line around the spool. Then attach it securely to the spool using two overhand knots. Remember to clip off the tag ends with a pair of scissors or fishing pliers
  5. Now you can start re-spooling. Like spooling a new line into a spinner reel, keep the packaging of your spool of line facing upward.  Remember to put some pressure on the line by holding it between your thumb and index finger! Then, start reeling. 
  6. Spool enough line until there’s about 1/8th of an inch of space from the edge of the reel’s spool. This is the ideal amount of line to have on your spool and will ensure smooth casting from the get-go. 
  7. All that’s left is to clip any excess line from your new package of line and then feed the freshly spooled line through the guides. Now just open up your tackle box, grab your favorite lure or bait, and start fishing!
Fly fisherman using a spinning reel with yellow line in a close up view on his hands against water with green reflections

A fly fisherman attaches a yellow line to a spinning reel. 

How To Attach New Line To Old Line

Something we’ve mentioned a few times in this article is that you can save the old line of your reel. This is something we highly encourage as it can save time and money. But when is it appropriate to try and save your reel’s old line? The answer to that question really depends on how big the damage is to your line is.

If your line is super tangled up and looks like a literal bird’s nest, then there’s no point in trying to save it. At that point, the line is far too tangled and damaged. If there’s only a little line twist, it can be salvaged. Another point to watch out for is how much weight your new and old lines can withstand.

If you plan on angling big fish, it probably isn’t the best idea to attach the new, stronger line to an older, weaker one. You might lose that trophy fish in the heat of battle! Instead, it’s best to just replace the entire spool. The actual process for attaching new lines to old ones is actually pretty simple.

First, you need to clip off whatever tangled part of your old line is left to make room for the new line. Once you’ve done that, it’s time to attach the new line. The best way to do this is to use a special kind of knot known as a double uni knot.

The process for tying this sort of knot is a little complicated and is better explained by watching a demonstration, rather than having us try to explain it to you. This video will show you the quickest and easiest way to tie such a knot.

Final Verdict

As you can see, putting a new line on a fishing reel isn’t all that complicated. The biggest thing you have to worry about really is tying the right knot on your fishing line and making sure you don’t over-spool your line. If you’d like to learn more about the different types of fishing knots, check out this article

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Living Life on the Edge: Embracing Adrenaline-Fueled Moments



Life is an adventure, a journey filled with countless opportunities for thrill and excitement. For some, the idea of living life on the edge, embracing adrenaline-fueled moments, is an exhilarating concept that fuels their passion for adventure. This article delves into the world of adrenaline-chasing, highlighting the benefits and experiences of such a lifestyle.

Kitesurfing: Riding the waves of excitement

The first step to living on the edge is stepping out of your comfort zone and trying something new. Kitesurfing, a water sport combining wakeboarding, windsurfing, and paragliding elements, is an excellent example of an adrenaline-fueled activity. The activity entails utilizing a sizable maneuverable kite to capture the force of the wind, enabling the rider to traverse the water on a board specifically designed for kiteboarding. There is nothing quite like the exhilaration of soaring through the air, feeling the breeze caress your cheeks, and mastering the art of maneuvering a kite. Kitesurfing is a remarkable adventure that captures the spirit of embracing excitement and pushing boundaries.

The psychological thrill

In addition to the excitement of the tangible experience, embracing a daring lifestyle offers a mental rush that is just as stimulating. Engaging in these activities provides an exhilarating experience that stimulates the production of endorphins, the body’s innate pain relievers. This results in a profound sense of joy and an overwhelming feeling of invulnerability. The thrill of this frenzy can become habit-forming, compelling thrill-seekers to pursue fresh and increasingly demanding adventures consistently. 

The benefits of embracing the edge

Embracing a daring lifestyle goes beyond pursuing excitement; it presents many advantages. Participating in thrilling adventures can enhance physical well-being, as numerous pursuits demand robustness, stamina, and skill. Furthermore, they have the potential to enhance one’s emotional well-being by offering a means to alleviate tension and unease. Engaging in these activities demands concentration, which can effectively alleviate mental clutter, resulting in a serene state once the surge of excitement diminishes.

The balance of risk and reward

While living life on the edge can be exhilarating, it’s important to remember the balance of risk and reward. Adrenaline-fueled activities often involve a certain level of risk, and it’s essential to approach them with a healthy respect for safety. Proper training, equipment, and precautions can help mitigate these risks, allowing you to enjoy the thrill without unnecessary danger. 

Always research your activities and location. This understanding can help you decide if the risk is acceptable and if you have the skills and equipment. Check and maintain your gear, and never sacrifice safety. Finally, embracing adventure with a responsible and safety-conscious mentality lets you enjoy high-risk activities without risking injury.

Living life on the edge embracing adrenaline-fueled moments, is a lifestyle choice that offers a unique blend of thrill, excitement, and personal growth. Whether kitesurfing across the waves, scaling a mountain, or skydiving from a plane, these activities provide an escape from the mundane, a chance to challenge oneself, and an opportunity to experience life at its most vibrant. So, step out of your comfort zone, embrace the adrenaline, and start living on the edge. After all, life is not meant to be lived in the slow lane; rather, it’s about experiencing every thrilling moment it offers.

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Renewable Energy Farms That Make Beautiful Hiking Trails



Wind farms and solar panels are not just alternative means to get our natural resources. They have now combined with another industry and are making some unexpected news. 

The tourism industry has marked renewable energy farms as hiking trails, and hikers are here for it. You can read more about renewable energy sites. Although you might not think of hiking on a wind farm as beautiful as hiking along a famous mountain trail, you might just be in for a surprise. 

Let’s discuss the benefits that renewable energy farms have as hiking trails. 

Why are Renewable Energy Farms Important? 

Renewable energy farms are important for the future of civilization. These farms provide an alternative to our natural resources, such as wind and energy. 

The most important benefit of renewable energy is that it doesn’t produce any greenhouse emissions and reduces the air pollution other traditional processes create when providing natural resources. 

These farms also allow for the creation of the country’s own resources without having to import natural resources from another country and save their limited natural resources. 

Here are some of the reasons why energy farms are important: 

  • Allows for sustainable rural development 

This will allow landowners to make an extra income by generating energy. 

  • Test new technologies 

Providing the opportunity to test technologies to find new ways to create renewable energy. 

  • Improving the effect of climate change 

Climate change has left the environment filled with toxic pollutants, which has led people to become sick and breathe in harmful air. 

Renewable energy can change this by lessening the number of pollutants that are released into the atmosphere and providing much safer, cleaner, breathable air. 

  • This leads to job creation 

Job creation within the renewable energy farms industry is plentiful as there is a need for skilled workers such as construction, maintenance and manufacturing to build the necessary infrastructure that is needed to generate these wind and solar farms. 

The Benefits of Renewable Energy Farms As Hiking Trails 

Renewable energy farms have many benefits for both the environment and people who love spending their time outdoors. 

Embracing the Use of Green Technology 

Since wind farms and solar plants are located in areas that are unpopulated, they make for great hiking trails. 

By visiting these sites, people get to experience green technology, and by integrating them into recreational spaces, people can visit these sites and embrace green technology by seeing how they work and the positive effects that it has on the environment. 

The more people embrace the shift to green technology, the easier it will be to use it. 

Energy Farms Offer A Unique Experience For Visitors 

Visiting energy farms means you will have a unique experience while there. You will get to see how these large devices work and how they replace the basic resources needed to survive. 

Tours can give visitors more information on the background of the construction of devices, their environmental impact and why it is important for us to switch to sustainable energy resources. 

Visitors Get to Enjoy Natural Beauty 

The sites for these renewable energy farms are often located in areas that are surrounded by natural beauty, such as large landscapes. 

Natural pathways can be used as hiking trails without the need for carving out new roads and damaging the ecosystem. 

Visitors can even discover native plant life and explore the natural wonders that are located at these energy farms, as they are often placed where no infrastructure has been built on the property before. 

Providing Health and Wellness Benefits 

Hiking has many health benefits, such as reducing stress, improving fitness, and helping aid mental well-being. 

Energy Farms have Community Benefits and Increase the Economy 

These hiking trails can help boost economic sales, bringing tourists to the community. This will give the local people the opportunity to expand their businesses. 

This can also help increase employment within the community as these sites will be visited frequently and lead to new business openings to cater to tourists. 


Renewable energy farms greatly benefit both the economy and the people who want to spend their time on them. These farms are especially important for transitioning from natural resources to newer energy resource power plants. 

From learning how to embrace green technology to getting health and wellness benefits to enjoying nature’s natural beauty and finding job opportunities within the market. 

Spending time on these renewable energy farms can be educational and recreational for anyone who visits them. To find more renewable energy farm hiking trails, you can visit


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Top Recommendations for RV Window Maintenance



Much like other sections of your RV, the windows sometimes need a bit of maintenance. It is essential to clean off dirt and insect smudges and also make sure they are adequately sealed to avoid leaks and water harm.

If you have a broken RV window, then you may want to consult Van Isle Glass. However, if you wish to know more about simple measures to ensure your RV windows stay spotless and secure, you are in the right spot! Continue reading below.

Polish Your Windshield Using Ultra-Fine #0000 Steel Wool

Numerous RV enthusiasts have praised the use of the finest grade of steel wool #0000 for removing stubborn bugs and water marks from their windshields. Before proceeding, first test the #0000 steel wool on a small portion of your windshield. Apply it with light, circular motions. Sweep away any remaining steel wool bits with a microfiber towel. Next, spritz the surface with a residue-free glass cleaner and wipe it down with a separate cloth.

Steel wool is also great when used with a spray lubricant for cleaning tires, maintaining grills, starting campfires, and repelling mice. A gentler alternative is cleansing dish pads. These pads are versatile, suitable for cleaning various materials such as wood, porcelain, stainless steel, chrome, painted areas, and glass.

Apply a Sealant to Avoid Leaks

Silicone sealant is effective in stopping leaks in areas like your windshield, RV windows, sunroof, and vents. It penetrates tiny gaps, creating a robust waterproof barrier. Ensure the surfaces are clean before application and do not have old caulk, dirt, oil, and other residues.

Furthermore, clear away any standing water on windows to prevent hard water stains. Make sure the inside of your windows stay dry to avoid condensation and mold build-up. If there is significant condensation on your windows, consider getting a small dehumidifier.

Use Tools to Access Difficult Regions

Using cleaners with long handles can prevent you from straining to clean those distant parts of your windshield. Windshield cleaning tools often feature a lengthy, swiveling triangular head that is ideal for getting into corners and spots difficult to access manually.

Opt for a Residue-Free Glass Cleaner

A high-quality glass cleaner will maintain the clarity of your windows and windshield. A great glass cleaner performs well on both standard and tinted windows, making sure to remove streaks or leftover residue. Another option is a natural concoction of half vinegar and half water, with a touch of lemon essential oil.

Steer Clear of Cleaning RV Windows in Bright Sunlight

A sunny afternoon may feel perfect for washing your RV windows, but the warmth can speed up the drying of the cleaner, resulting in streaks or spots. It is advisable to tackle your RV window cleaning during early morning, late evening, or when stationed in a shaded area for the best outcome.


Keeping your RV windows clean and clear is not only about aesthetics, but is also vital for safety. The subtleties in cleaning, like steering clear of the sun and using the appropriate products, play a key role. Adhering to these guidelines will help you maintain a pristine view during your various journeys.

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