How to Put Line on a Spincast Reel

Fishing reels are a necessary tool for any fisherman. Depending on whether you have the right one for the job, they can make or break your day on the water. In these blog posts, we will talk about how to put line on a spincast reel that is different from other types of fishing reels and how it’s set up. 

A spin-cast reel is designed with an open face that allows easy line management when reeling in fish by hand without using a rod or pole, hence its name spin casting. This design also means no drag system mechanism can cause problems if too much pressure is applied while fighting a fish. As a result, spin-cast reels are generally less expensive than other reels and are ideal for beginners. Read on to know more about this topic!

How to Put Line on a Spincast Reel

8 Steps to Follow: How to Put line on a Spincast Reel

Step 1: Check for Loose Parts

Before putting the line on the spin-cast reel, check to make sure all parts are tight. Check that the retrieval handle is attached at the bottom of the spool, and check that it turns smoothly along with the spindle. If this part comes off during fishing, it might cause problems down the road.

Step 2: Mount the Spool

Spin-cast reels are different from baitcasting reels in that they do not have a side plate where you can change the spindle for other sized lines. Instead, the line is already mounted on the spool.

First, thread your line through the rod guides before mounting the spool to prevent tangles with the line. After mounting the spool, attach the retrieval handle to the bottom of it and a rubber cap to prevent water from entering through the rare earth magnet inside.

Step 3: Attach Handle and Butt Cap

Thread your fishing line through all guidelines on your rod (a number 8 is usually located on top). Then, cut your line to size, making sure not to cut it shorter than the shortest guideline on your rod. Next, tie a knot at the end of the line; make sure it is tight before pulling all of your lines through the rod guides.

Finally, slide an o ring over the rod guide closest to the handle. This will act as a stopper so the line will not slip off.

Pull your fishing line through all of the rod guides until you reach the stopper ring. Next, attach a rubber butt cap to the rod with an open end facing away from the lure and an O-ring on top. The O-ring should be much larger than the o-ring on the rod guide, and it should be around 1 inch in diameter.

Attach the handle to the butt cap by threading through all of its loops and pulling tight, so there are no bubbles.

Step 4: Wind Line on Spool

Attach your spin cast reel to the rod, making sure that one o-ring is around the lasso on the reel and that the other o-ring is around the lasso of your rod. The retrieval handle should point downward like an arrow with your thumb pointing to it when you hold your fishing rod.

Holding the spool in one hand and the rod in another, begin winding the line onto it evenly from both sides. When you reach the end of the spool, attach your line to the metal part of the spindle by looping it through a notch in a clockwise motion.

Loop this piece of line around one more time and tie a knot so that it is tight. The tail should point in a downward direction when hanging from your rod.

Step 5: Test Your Line

Hold the rod by the handle and that line between your thumb and middle finger to test your line. Put tension on it as if you were trying to pull it from the reel, then let go of the line. The rotation should be smooth with no friction or stuck spots. If there is friction, take apart your spool and re-attach your line.

If this doesn’t solve the problem, then the rod may not be threaded correctly.

Step 6: Attach Lures

Attach any drop shot lures to your lure using a split ring by making sure to close it with pliers completely. This will prevent the lure from falling off or getting stuck on something. In addition, the hook on the lure should point downwards so that it does not catch any of your lines during retrieval.

Step 7: Attach Reel to Rod

To attach the rod and reel, open the lasso (bait holder) on the end of the rod, then wrap around the handle and thread through the other lasso. Make sure to leave enough room for rod movement, then tie it off with a knot.

Thread Your Braided Line Through the Ratchet

Step 8: Attach Bait

Attach the drop shot weight to the line located between lasso 1 and 2 on your rod. This will ensure that your lure stays at a set depth when casted. At this point, you can thread your braided line through the ratchet on top of the spindle to protect your braided line from any sharp edges. Now you are ready to cast your lure and reel it back in!

To do so, hold the spin-cast reel with one hand and put tension on the line with an upward motion. This will allow the line to unwind on its own. If your fishing rod has no action, it means there is no bend in the tip of the rod, so you will have to pull back on your spin-cast reel with an upward motion to get it started.


If you need information on how to put line on a spincast reel, we’ve provided some helpful instructions. The best thing about this process is that it’s not too hard! First, take the end of your fishing line and cut off any knots or tags at the end by holding them between your thumb and forefinger with one hand while pulling away from the reel with your other hand.

Then place the looped section of fishing wire into either notch in front of where you want to attach it on the spooler arm (depending on if you’re tying mono or braid). Next, turn both hands, so they are perpendicular to each other, and pull back towards yourself until there is enough slack for another knot-free loop which will then wrap onto the spooler arm. Be careful to avoid having too much slack on your line or else it will get tangled when you try to cast.

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