How to String a Fishing Pole (Step-By-Step Guide) (2022)

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    Do you want to learn how to string a fishing pole?

    You’ve come to the right place.

    We will give you a step-by-step guide to accomplish this.

    Let’s get started.

    How to put a string on a fishing pole?

    Step 1: Attach the fishing line.

    Place your fishing rod on a level area and open the bail. The bail refers to the wire arm on the reel that lifts up and down. 

    Remove the tag end of the line from the spool and feed it through the guide closest to the reel.

    Step 2: Make the arbor knot.

    Tie the line to the center of the spool or arbor with an arbor knot. And then close the bail on the reel. To make an arbor knot:

    • Wrap the line’s tag end over the spool’s arbor and tie a basic overhand knot around the standing end
    • Tie a second standing knot a few inches down from the first using the tag end
    • Pull-on the line’s standing end to jam both knots against the spool
    • Trim the end of the tag

    Step 3: Spool the spinning reel

    Place the spool flat on the floor, ensuring it comes off in a counter-clockwise direction. 

    Use your thumb and index finger to apply slight pressure to the line to prevent twisting. Turn the handle around 15-20 times while maintaining line pressure. 

    Stop and give the line some slack to check for twists. If the spool twists, flip it over and try again.

    Load the reel until the line is about 1/8 of an inch from the rim.

    Step 4: Attach the line to the hook.

    Open your reel’s bail and thread the tag end through the remaining guides. Begin with the closest guide to the handle and work your way up through the other guides. 

    Leave about 3-4 feet of the line extending down from the end of the rod. That is after pulling the line through the final guide at the tip.

    How to Set Up a Fishing Pole

    Step 1: Clean the rod.

    Use a clean piece of cloth to wipe the rod before setting it up. You don’t need to scrub with powder and surfs. Remove all the dirt, sand, and other elements properly. 

    Besides ensuring that the reel seats properly, cleaning also makes the assembly process more pleasant. The fishing rod will also smell better!

    Step 2: Assembling the pole

    A fishing rod can be complex equipment with just a single piece or multiple pieces. To assemble:

    • Identify the male and female ferrules
    • On a flat surface, align the male and female components
    • Anchor the male ferrule around the female one while holding tightly

    If your rod isn’t aligned or there’s a problem with your screwing, see what you’re doing wrong rather than forcing it, then reassemble correctly.

    Step 3: Attach the reel.

    At the bottom of the rod, there is an opening referred to as the reel seat. It’s where you should insert your reel. 

    Set up your reel over the reel’s butt end. It’ll be able to thread onto the real. Rotate until all of the parts are secure.

    Step 4: Unwind the thread.

    Lift the metal arch at the top of the reel and flip it till it’s on the opposite side of the reel, and you can access the thread line. Find the thread’s end and start unwinding.

    Step 5: Thread the pole.

    Attach the thread and tighten the reel and ensure the line is locked in its place. Lift the bale arm and pull the string. 

    Once it’s down, get it through the guides on your fishing rod. Once you finish threading the rod correctly, close the bale arm.

    Step 6: Attach your lure.

    First, you need to attach the lure. To do this, look for the end piece that has a small ring on it. Leave about ten inches (or 20cm) of line on the other side of the bait after threading it onto your line.

    Then, pull the free end of the line back up towards the remainder of the line. That is while your line and the lure are laying on the ground. 

    Wrap the end of the line loosely around the line on the opposite side of the lure. Similar to how you wrap two colors on a candy cane around each other. Stop when you have made about five loops.

    Next, you’ll need to tuck the free end of the line back through. To do this:

    • Pull the lure closer to you with the end of your line.
    • Loop it through the line’s first, huge loop.
    • After you’ve looped it through, tuck it back into itself so that it’s coming under the line.

    Finally, you will need to fasten the knot. Keep the line and the end of the line in your hands and slowly bring them together. 

    You should coil the line firmly where you wrapped it, and a tight knot should form at the lure. 

    Speed up the process by sliding the twists down the lure with your fingernails. Trim the extra from the end of the knot once you wrap it tightly.

    Step 6: Select a bait.

    Although it may seem unimportant, this step is essential. This is because choosing the right bait is necessary if you want to catch any fish. The color of the bait is dependent on the weather.

    Step 7: Add a sinker

    Once you are through with the other steps, you can add a sinker or any object that adds weight to your thread. The sinker adds weight to your bait and slows down the fish while helping in casting. 

    Slip sinkers are the most commonly used by fishermen to add weight to their rods and reels.

    This step, although important, is not necessary if you think you’ve assembled your pole correctly.


    Well, that’s it, our detailed guide on stringing and setting your fishing pole.

    Trusting you find it helpful.

    Enjoy your fishing!

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    Riley Draper

    Riley Draper is a writer and entrepreneur from Chattanooga, Tennessee. As a world traveler, he has been to more than fifty countries and hiked some of the most elusive trails in the world. He is the co-founder of WeCounsel Solutions and has published work in both national and global outlets, including the Times Free Press, Patch, and Healthcare Global. When he's not writing, he's probably on a hiking trip or climbing in the mountains.