How To Spool A Baitcasting Reel? Learn The Process and Be Like a Pro

How To Spool A Baitcasting Reel? Learn The Process and Be Like a Pro

The process of spooling is not as easy as it may seem. One of the things I had to master when I was just a novice fisherman was how to spool as baitcasting reel 

I clearly remember the first few tries I had to do it and had a really challenging time. However, as time passes and as I went through the process over and over again, I got used to it and even discover a few tricks to make sure I do it properly

In this guide, I will assist you with the proper way of how to spool a baitcasting reel. In addition to that, I will let you in on a few essential tips you can try for yourself

Things You Will Need

Prepare the following materials before going through the steps of spooling a baitcasting reel

  • Baitcasting reel and matching rod - Be sure you have your baitcasting reel and a matching rod ready

  • Fishing line - This could be any type of fishing line of your choice. However, the best fishing line I would recommend is a monofilament fishing line

  • Screwdriver or pencil - In case there is no reel spooling station, put this through the eye of the spool and have a friend hold it for you

  • Reel spooling station - In case you do not have someone to hold the spool as you reel in the line, use this instead

  • Pliers or scissors - Have this prepared for cutting the line

How To Spool A Baitcasting Reel

How To Spool A Baitcasting Reel? The Step by Step Procedure

Here are the following steps you can follow on properly spooling a baitcasting reel.

Using a Monofilament Fishing Line

  1. The first thing I do is to get my fishing line ready. Using my fishing line, I thread it all through the line guides of my fishing line as well as the reel guide. I am always careful not to miss even one of the line guides.

  1. I use an arbor knot to attach my fishing line to the reel.

  1. For this step, I usually would ask for some assistance and I would advise you to do the same. Using a screwdriver or a pencil, I would ask a friend to put it through the eye of the spool and then hold the screwdriver or pencil on both sides. In some cases that I wouldn’t have a friend around, I usually make use of a reel spooling station.

  1. At this point, I will start reeling in my new fishing line. To keep the line go in tight and straight, I use my index finger and thumb to put a little tension on it.

  1. I keep going until my spool is about ⅛ inch filled.

To have a better understanding of how this is done, watch this

Using a Braided Fishing Line

  1. There are times when I thought of using a braided fishing line for my baitcasting reel. The first thing I do is to follow the same process of spooling using a monofilament fishing line. This will serve as a backing on my spool

  1. The next thing I do is to attach the mono backing to the braided line using a uni-knot or I use a double uni-knot

  1. At this point, I will go through the same step of using a screwdriver or a pencil to start reeling in the braided line or make use of a reel spooling station

  1. I fill the reel until I reach about ⅛ inch from the spool surface

Things You Should Be Aware of When Spooling a Baitcaster

As promised, I have collated several things you should observe and be aware of when you are spooling 

  • Do not overfill a spool

Although it may seem satisfying once you have finished the process of spooling our reel. Keep in mind to not overdo it. When I was just starting to learn how to spool, I always had my spool overflowing with fishing line and thought it was a good thing. However, I found out that this is not a good practice. I always keep my spool filled at least ⅛ inch from the top of the spool mount

  • Be smart with your fishing line choice

I find the monofilament fishing line the best to use for a baitcasting reel. I have also tried using a fluorocarbon, but I experienced backlashes and the line cuts in itself. This goes the same when I tried using braided fishing lines, but the backlashes were worst compared that with fluorocarbons. Because of these instances and as advised by other fishermen, I decided to stick with a monofilament fishing line

  • Type of knot to use

When I use a monofilament to spool a baitcasting reel, I use an arbor knot to attach it. This goes the same when I use a mono as a backing. However, in cases that I use a braided fishing line for a baitcaster and attach it to a mono backing, I prefer to use a uni-knot or a double uni-knot.

This type of knot is more complex compared to the arbor knot, but what I like about it is that it keeps the mono backing and the braided line in alignment and it is a strong knot.

To learn how these knots are done, watch the videos of an arbor knot and a uni-knot​

Tips on How to Get More Baitcaster Distance

As a bonus, here are a few tips to get more distance with your baitcaster. You can practice using these tips for you to have a great fishing experience

  • Not filling up the spool

Having less fishing line on the spool will allow it to spin more freely so you can increase the distance and efficiency of your baitcaster. If your spool has more fishing line, it will have more friction as it uncoils

  • Lessen the brakes when using a braided line

If you are using a braided fishing line, you can have fewer brakes. Since a braided line is lighter compared to a mono and a fluorocarbon, using fewer brakes will help increase distance when baitcasting

  • Make sure the line guides are lined up properly

Line guides are the small openings that start off the rod all the way to the spool. If the line guides are not lined up correctly, this will create added friction. Remember to have the line guide always in the middle for you to have less friction and increased distance when you are baitcasting


How To Spool A Baitcasting Reel

In summary, one of the things a fisherman should learn and master is properly spooling a baitcasting reel. Like how I was when I started, this could be a challenge to do. However, rest assured that if you follow the steps and tips I have shared in this article, you will be able to get used to the process and be spooling master in no time

Was this article helpful in understanding how to spool a baitcasting reel? Were you able to learn some useful tips on how to go through the process? 

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