How to Tie Line to a Reel – Step by Step Guide

Written by Chris Alan

The spinning reel is the best of all the reels, and anglers usually enjoy its use. The reel offers ease of use, and it is an ideal reel for beginners compared to a baitcasting reel. The only drawback of the spinning reel is that it makes the line tangle. The tangling line usually creates problems in casting and makes the fishing journey a complete headache.

Spooling a reel is a great art that is now possible for everyone to put a line onto the reel after having a great guideline from the experts. There are several reasons for putting the line on the reel, including the damaging line, the line that is already on the reel is of the wrong size, or you have only bought a spinning reel. These reasons would enable you to line the reel yourself, so the guide would remain helpful for you and make it possible for people to have the twists-free line just by following the guidelines here.

Tying a Line to a Reel

The need for spooling a reel occurs when the line is not working correctly, and an angler needs to change the line to get better results. The knots make the line strong and enable to cast more weight conveniently.

Step-by-Step Procedure for Tying a Line to a Reel

The quick and easy steps are available to tie the line to a reel using different knots. These guidelines would be helpful to you in the present and future.

Here the procedure begins:

1.  The following things must be in your reach before begin to tie a line to a reel:

  1. Fishing reel

  2. Fishing rod

  3. Fishing Line 

  4. Scissors

2.  Connect the fishing reel to the fishing rod. Tight the reel on the rod by screwing the reel foot in the reel seat. The loose screwing will result in a damaged reel.

3.  Take the tip of the line and slide it through the first guide on the rod.

4.  Now, it’s a turn to knot the tag end. Tie an arbor, overhand, or uni knot after opening the bail arm (details about all the knots are discussed below). These knots are recommended while using fluorocarbon lines or monofilament lines.

5.  Close the bail arm after the line gets tied to the spool. The fishing reel rotates in the anti-clockwise direction so ensure that the rotation of the line is in the clockwise direction, which is opposite to the rotation of the reel.

6.  In the end, pull the line from the whole reel, making a 1/8th of an inch difference between the line and the spool’s end.

Your reel is ready to fish as the line is tied to a reel. 

Enjoy an incredible fishing journey!

 Types of Knots

The different types of knots are available to tie the line to a reel which would provide an advantage in following any procedure of your choice and getting the required results during fishing. These methods enable the user to enjoy several styles at once.

These knots include:

  1. Uni Knot

  2. Arbor Knot

  3. Overhand Knot

 Uni Knot

Uni knot allows you to learn a simple knot, use it anywhere, and have fantastic fishing. It could perform everything, including tying a hook to connect the reel line. It is the first and most authentic method to knot the line and make the proper functioning. It has the strength to remain undamaged even after having a jerk in the line but not with exceeded pressure.

The experts have added this system to the inventory for tying a knot, a simple task to perform. The angler looking for the most straightforward knot system would need to learn the uni-knot system to perform their task well and makes their fishing journey a good one.

The uni-knot system works great with both braided line and monofilament line. It is the best way to tie the potent and small-diameter braided line.

Step-by-Step guidance for Tying Uni-Knot

1.      Pass the line from the hook’s eye, double the line, and make a back parallel to the stuck line, making a loop over a double line.

2.      Turn the line 6 times with the tag end, winding the double line and via the loop.

3.      Pull the end of the line from which you have turned 6 times to tighten the knot.

4.      Use scissors to cut the unnecessary line after tying the knot.


Arbor Knot

It is a complex knot to tie but makes the line powerful to work. The knot attaches to a line to the center of the spool that functions well. The arbor knot pulls tightly to make the stretchy function. It is usually used when tying fly line backing, monofilament line, or fluorocarbon line while using a bigger reel. Using the line for the braided line is not a good decision. You can use it with the braided line in the condition of having a slipping line; it works great with a slipping line instead of the non-slipping line. It is best when tying it with a monofilament line before adding a braided line to the spool.

Step-by-Step guidance for Tying Arbor Knot

1.  The knot would begin to tie by twisting the tag end and winding the stuck end of the line.

2.  Use the tag end of the line to turn around the spool; after turning it a few times, tie a strong overhand knot on the stuck line’s end. The second knot on the stuck end would work as a stopper.

3.  Tight the loop that is v-created by stretching the stuck end of the line by sliding the first overhand knot in the direction of the big fishing reel. To avoid the line weakening due to friction, moisten the knots and tight them, reducing the chance of friction.

4.  Stretch the stuck end of the line slowly till the second overhand knot tights the first overhand knot.

5.  The arbor knot tightens after pulling the first and second overhand knots and using the scissors to cut the tag end, which is unnecessary in the whole system.

6.  The reel is ready to tie on your leader line after winding the line on the reel.

The arbor knot is easy to learn as any other fishing knot. One can learn the knot by having patience and practicing tying the knot frequently; it will be helpful for the angler to tie the knot easily after practicing a lot.

Overhand Knot

The foundation knot is usually a part of our daily life. This knot is used in both the uni knot and arbor knot. It is the first knot that people used to learn and the easiest one. When tied at the end of the line, it makes a stopper and prevents the end from unraveling.

 Step-by-Step guidance for Tying Overhand Knot

1.  Make a loop and pass the one end of the line from the loop.

2.  Pulling both ends would result in the tightening of the knot.

This guide is for the convenience of the people to get to know about the tying line to a reel. However, tying a line is not a difficult task, but newbies usually feel it complicated and need guidance to work further. Now, this guide would stay there for their assistance.

 If you are planning on going for a fishing then check our guide for How To Set a Hook

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