How to Put a Fishing Line on a Baitcasting Reel? Spool a Baitcasting Reel

Want to learn how to put a fishing line on a baitcasting reel? Then sit tight; this article is going to teach you that in a minute.

Before we get into the process, let me tell you, baitcaster is a little hard to control. And likewise, putting a new line in baitcaster is a little tricky as well. With concentration and following the instructions, it can get easier for sure. 

However, I have tried my best to keep the guide as understandable as possible. So go through the guide, understand each step, and get started!

How to Spool a Baitcaster Reel? Steps

There is a bunch of tools you will need to complete the process correctly and efficiently. Apart from tools, make sure to get an assistant for a while; if you want an easy process for the first time. It could be anyone, your father, mother, sister, brother, anyone who will listen to you properly.

Needed Items for Line Spooling

  • Fishing line (Monofilament or Braided)
  • Screwdriver (long one)
  • Pliers (Lineman’s preferable).
  • Practice plug

Step-1: Remove the Old Line


For spooling the new line, you have to remove the old one, if there is! When you do drag, make sure to do it properly. If there is a bird’s nest, I know it is easy to get irritated and throw everything away. But be gentle; it well worth it. If needed, cut off the old line gently.

And do not throw the line on water or just anywhere. If that goes into the water, that can trouble marine animals. Keep the line somewhere where it won’t disturb anyone. The best would be to dig the ground slightly and put the line there. And they cover it up with soil.

Step-2: Run the line through loops

Fishing rods come with loops, and you have to thread the line through all those loops. Do not miss any loop that will cause you to repeat the process. Start feeding the line from the rod tip side loop and through the loops run to the reel.

Step-3: Tie the line

When you reach the fishing reel, loop the line around the reel and tie a secure knot. You will need the assistant to hold the line steadily when you are tying the line. Most people do uni-knot; check it out on YouTube if you want to learn Uni knot.

Step-4: Hand over the line spool to the assistant

Give the line spool to the assistant, and they are supposed to put the screwdriver through the hold of the line spool. So that when you will be reeling the line, the spool will spin smoothly. All the assistant has to do is, holding the screwdriver securely; you will do the rest.

Step-5: Start reeling the line


Start reeling the line gently. It would be best if your assistant can keep little tension on the line, so the spooling will be tight, and there wouldn’t be any chance of birds nesting when you are fishing.

However, if you want to, you can also add tension. With your fingertip, keep the line slightly pressed with the fishing rod as you reel. Do not apply must pressure on the rod; keeping the line moving between can cause finger burn.

Reeling the line is a crucial part; try to make it clean and stay calm. If anything goes wrong, don’t freak out; solve the matter calmly.

Step-6: Cut the line

Once you have reeled enough line, then it is time to get rid of the line spool. With the plier, cut the line from the front. And this is where you will be attaching the lure, bait, hook, sinker, etc.

You Are Done!

Isn’t the process easy? If you follow all the instructions correctly, it will be elementary for you. This guide will teach anyone how to put a fishing line on a baitcasting reel. I hope now you know how to spool a baitcaster reel. If there is anything else I can help with, don’t forget to comment below.

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