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Saturday, January 5, 2008

• Spooling a Spincast Reel

I've had two visitors land here by searching for how to put line on a spincast reel. Okay. I'll let you pick your own line. I've got 12lb Yo Zuri Hybrid on mine.

I'll give you the short version and the extended explanation, okay?

Short & Sweet:
Take cap off reel. Run line through rod guides. Run line through hole in cap. Tie arbor knot & loop around spool of reel. Secure arbor knot with an additional overhand knot. Put cap back on. Crank on line with some tension. Don't overfill. Tie your preferred knot at the other end. Tie on a lure. Make some casts to check your work. Done.

Extended explanation:
Take the cap off the front exposing the spool. Run your line down through the line guides on the rod and through the hole on the face of the reel I just asked you to take off. That part is important if you plan on reeling in line later on. Tie an arbor knot. That means make a loop and use the free end to tie an overhand knot around the line leading back to your spool of line. Now, not everyone does this, but I also tie an additional overhand knot on the free end and tighten it as close as I can down next to the arbor knot I just tied around the other line so it doesn't slip. The link for the arbor knot actually shows an overhand knot on the free end. Notice that they left space between the arbor knot and the overhand knot. I don't like that much space because then that piece of line sticks up into the other line on your spool and can cause problems. Try and cinch that overhand knot down as close as you can get to the arbor knot and pull it tight. Cut the extra line on the free end. Now bring the loop around the spool on your spincast reel and tighten it down to the spool. Put the cap back on.

Now, you're not going to be casting long distances with a spincast reel. You won't need to fill it up. In fact, I don't recommend filling it because I find it doesn't come off the spool well if it's too full. I usually put on about 60-80ft of line. As you reel it in, keep good tension on the line. If a kink or loop slips past your fingers into the reel, hit the release button and pull it out until you've gone beyond that kink and start reeling it in again. You don't want kinks inside. Your cast will stop dead in its tracks when you hit that kink. I hold the incoming line between my thumb and forefinger about three or four inches in front of the reel. The knot you choose to tie at the other end is up to you, whether it be a palomar knot, uni knot, improved clinch knot, whatever. Tie on a good weight and do a few practice casts to make sure it's smooth. If not, you might have too much line on or something funny is going on with the reel. Make sure the drag is set to your liking as well. I tighten it until it's hard for me to pull line off the reel with the reel engaged (not free spool). You may want the drag to give a little bit so the fish doesn't break off, but not give too much so you can't fight back.

Good enough? Hope that helps future visitors a little. Let me know if you need pictures. Plenty of sites out there show how to tie those knots.

Arbor Knot

I use an arbor knot the same way on my baitcaster as well. They don't have a cap to take off, but making a loop around the spool can be annoying, especially if your spool has drilled holes. I use my hemostats to grab the line and pull it out. I've noticed that one company has created a metal wire that you slide through the guide to feed your line back through. That's just insane. Get some of your spare line and make a loop on one end. That's a line threader that doesn't cost $2.99.

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Anonymous said...

Thanks for this, I am new to fishing and have no one to teach me these things, great info thanks.