How to Respool Spinning Reel Properly
Do you know how to respool a spinning reel? Well, respooling ensures the line does not create line memory. It also minimizes UV damage which can weaken your fishing line. If you respool your reel before each fishing trip, you will realize that when casting your bait, all goes smoothly and the line does not tangle.
Your fishing line will also not snap when the catch is big and weighs close to the maximum limit of the weight that your line is supposed to bear. In this guide, you will learn how to respool your spinning reel either alone or with someone to help you.
How to Respool a spinning reel and What You Will Need to Respool A Reel
1. A spinning reel
Aspinning reel has no cover. It comes with a bail and line guide for the fishing line. The spinning reel is designed to be mounted on the rod. That means that you also need to buy a matching rod for your spinning reel. You should also ask for a reel that will match your fishing needs. If you know the kind of fish you intend to reel in, then the guy at the fishing equipment store will help you choose the best spinning real.
2. A line
Your choice of fishing line that you will depend on the type of fish you intend to fish. That is because different types of fish mature to a different weight. Heavier fish need you to use a stronger fishing line, which will cost you more.
A fishing line that will last longer will also cost you more than one that you can only use a couple of times before it snaps. Before you buy your fishing line, be sure to tell the guy at the store to recommend the best for the type of fish you intend to reel in.
3. A spinning rod
Each spinning reel is designed to be used with a particular fishing rod. It is, therefore, best to buy your fishing reel together with its recommended rod. You will need to buy a spinning rod that you can mount the spinning reel properly. You also need a spinning rod that will not snap under the weight of the fish you intend to reel in.
4. Someone to Help You
Have someone to help you hold the line spindle as you reel it in. Although that is optional, a person is more suited than say placing the line spindle somewhere and using only your casting hand's finger to create tension on the line as you reel it onto the spinning reel.
Exerting some tension on the line is important because it allows you to reel more line onto the spinning reel. It also allows you to reel the line more neatly around the spool.
Step 1: Learn the Parts of the Sinning Reel and Rod
A Spinning Reel is Made of the Following Parts:
1. The spool
That is where you will wound the line around when respooling.
2. The Handle
that is what you will use to force the line onto the spool by turning it.
3. The Bail
That is a metal arm used to stop the line from reeling out of the spool. If you close it, no line will come out if you open it, the line can come out.
4. The Reel Foot
That is the part that you will use to connect the reel to the fishing rod.
5. The Drag Knob
The drag knob allows you to set the bail so that it only partially restrains the line from coming out of the spool. If you tighten it, the line will not come out if you close the bail. If you loosen it, the line will come out when some force is applied, even when the bail is still closed.
6. The Line Roller
The Line Roller is the part that used to guide the line from the spooler onto the fishing rod.
The Rod is Made of the Following Parts:
1. The Rod Tip
That is the thinnest part of the rod and consist of the last four inches. It helps you to feel when the fish bites the bait. You should be careful with this part as it is the most brittle section of your fishing rod.
2. The Rod Guides
These are circular grooves that are used to keep the line close to the rod.
3. The Reel Seat
That is the part of the rod that the reel connects to the reel foot to secure the reel firmly onto the rod.
4. The Rod Handle
That is the part that you hold onto during the entire period you will be fishing. It is usually made of a softer material to protect your hand from getting blisters.
Step 2: Tying the Knot
Open the Bail so that you can place the line on to the reel. First, you need to have someone to hold the line for you. Pass the line through the rod guide starting from the tip to where the reel is mounted. Now pass the line through the line roller, then through the reel bail onto the reel spool.
The line should be rolling from the spindle on which the line was wound when you bought it or you can wind it on a pencil or ball pen and have a friend hold it for you.
Now place the line around the spool just once so that you have one strand of the line pass by one side of the spool and coming out of the opposite side. Tie the shorter side of the line onto the line coming from line spindle to create an "over hand knot." Tie at least two knots.
Step 3: Reel the Line
Once you have tied the knot around the spool and you have someone holding the roll of fishing line for you, you can start respooling the line. To do that just start turning the handle the same way you would do if you had caught a fish and you were reeling it in.
If you do not have someone to holding the line for you, you can place it on a clean floor surface. You then will use two fingers of the casting hand holding the rod, to hold the line and exert some tension on it as you reel it in. You will then slowly reel it around the spool by winding the reel handle. The tension on the line will help to keep it neatly Wound around the spool.
you will enjoy respooling your reel from now on
The amount of line your spool will hold will depend on the reel you bought. Some reels have a "line cap" that must be observed and will be marked on the reel. The "line cap" will tell you the maximum amount the reel's spool can take.
Once you are done spooling, you should close the bail to stop the line from reeling out when some slight force is exerted on it. The drag knob should also be tightened. That is all you need to do to respool your spinning reel. We hope that this guide has been helpful and you will enjoy respooling your reel from now on. If you have any questions or comments, please feel free to post them below.