How to String a fishing pole

  • By: fishlovers
  • Date: July 15, 2023
  • Time to read: 4 min.

To learn how to string a pole or to line a fishing pole is one of the fundamentals of fishing one needs to master if you wish to take up fishing as a serious hobby.  Although it is a simple process and one of the most basic of fishing, it is essential to get it right to have a pleasant, successful fishing experience.

If you’re pretty new to the fishing scene and have purchased a fishing rod and quite lost as to how to string the fishing pole, then this article will guide you step by step as to how to string a fishing pole.

 To begin with, check the line rating on your fishing rod. Make sure the number on the fishing line matches the recommended weight range shown. For example, if the line rating on the rod reads “6-10 lb,” you will want to use 6 to 10-pound test line.


Stringing the fishing pole might come off as a daunting task for someone who has just started off with their new fund interest in fishing. Fret not for these easy-to-follow steps to string your fishing pole will get you all prepared in no time.

Step 1: Loading the bail arm and the Arbor knot placement.

After laying down the reel on a flat surface open the wire arm or the bail arm. Take the tag end of the line from the spool, run it through the guide that is closest to the reel.

Use an arbor knot to tie the new line on the arbor before flipping the wire arm down to close the bail.

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Here’s how to do an Arbor knot to securely attach the line to the reel:

  • Wrap the tag end of the line around the spool’s arbor and tie a simple overhand knot around the line’s standing end. 
  • Still using the tag end, tie a second standing knot a couple inches down from the first.
  • Pull on the line’s standing end to jam both knots together against the spool.
  • Trim the tag end.

Step 2 :  Loading the reel

The spool of line is placed on the floor such that it comes off in counter-clockwise direction. Load the reel while maintaining a slight tension, not too taut by pinching it down on the pole or holding between your fingers as the reel handle is turned. Turn the handle 15 to 20 times, and keep maintaining pressure on the line.

Stop and check the line for twists by giving it some slack. If it twists, flip over the spool and try again. Use whichever side twists less.

Continue loading the reel until about 1/8 of an inch from the edge.

Step 3 : Attach the line to the hook

After the line is  run through each of the guide, when you pull the line through the final

guide at the tip of the rod, make sure to leave about 3 to 4 feet f line extending down from the end.

Next is to tie the hook to the line, for which there are many different types of ties are available. The most common type of knot is the clinch knot or the Fisherman’s knot which is used to attach the hook to the line.

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Here’s the steps to tie a Fisherman’s knot

  • Thread the end of the line through the eye of the hook, then wrap the line’s tag end five to seven times around its standing end.
  • Thread the tag end through the loop closest to the hook eye, then back through the large loop you just created.
  • Pull both ends of the line until the knot is tight.
  • Trim the tag end.

Now all you need to do is to attach the bait or fishing lure to the hook and you’re ready to go get them fishes in the stream!

Before you cast your line make sure to quickly check your fishing line for the following:

  • Check the direction where it wraps, it usually varies from brand to brand. When your spool unwinds in the same direction , the reel will also rotate accordingly so as to reduce twists in the line.
  • If the reel doesn’t rotate in the same direction then flip over the spool so that there is no trouble casting it.
  • Make sure the fishing line is matched onto the reel by lifting the bail arm and inspecting it.
  • When you wrap the line around the reel. Tie and overhand knot in the mainline and tie one another near the loose end. After the line is tightened, trim of the excess from the loose end.
  • Hold the new line between your two fingers to reduce tension and test if the line is coiled in the same direction. When you’re done, you have to use a clean cotton cloth in holding the line.
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Choosing the right reel, right line and properly stringing the pole are the first and foremost steps one needs to be thorough with before setting off on your fishing expedition. Make sure to go over all the details over and over again to have a hassle-free fishing time!

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