Stringing A Fishing Rod

Fishing has always been a huge part of my family. My father, my uncle and my grandfather are all professional fisherman and they would take me out on the boat when I was a little boy. I remember the huge crashing waves and getting really scared whenever the boat would go too fast.

Even though I was little, they still wanted to teach me all about all the hard work that goes into putting food on the table and catching the fish. Many people view fisherman as a smaller type of job, for those who aren’t as smart as others, and they could not be more wrong.

Fishermen are a certain type of people that know what it means to be patient and sacrifice. They are a lot like farmers in that sense. They live off the land and take pride knowing that the work they do feeds a lot of our population.

I have always been so proud that my father was a fisherman and I take great pride knowing how much he has supported our family over the years. While learning so much about fishing as a young boy, you are probably wondering if I followed into my Dad’s footsteps.

Well, actually I did the opposite. I work in an office 5 days a week, like most people and could not be farther from being a fisherman. But I still have a huge appreciation for what they do and it looks like my younger brother is going to follow my father. He has a great knack for being a fisherman.

Types of Reels

Growing up with a fisherman for a father I learned a lot of tricks of the trade from him, even about just fishing casually. Not everything I learned from him was about commercial fishing and I am so happy he blessed me with the knowledge of certain rods and how to string them.

Truly knowing how to string a fishing rod will set you apart from your friends and you can regard yourself as being a fisherman. It may seem like a difficult task at first but I promise you will get the hang of it and then, I hope, begin to enjoy it.

Now before I get into it, you must know that all reels and rods are not the same. There are three reel types: the Spincast reel, the Baitcasting reel, and the Spinning reel. The Spincast is easy to use but may not be as accurate to fish and cannot fish great from far distances.

The Baitcasting is a lot more accurate but is more for professional fishermen. The spilling reels are the most popular type of all as they have great accuracy and are still easy to use.

Because the Spincast reels are the most popular, I am going to write how to string those:

How To String The Fishing Rod (Spincast)

  • Check the capacity of the reel
  • Remove the face of the spincast (or closed face) reel.
  • Remove any remaining line
  • Make the direction of the spool is the same as the direction that the reel rotates
  • Slide the line through the small hole in the face of the reel.
  • Lift the bail arm before running the end of the line through the rod guides and to the reel
  • Secure the line to the reel by wrapping it around the reel and tying an overhand knot around the main line. Tie a second knot close to the tip of the free end
  • Cut off the excess line
  • Screw the face back onto the reel
  • Hold the line and begin reeling it onto the rod
  • Screw the cone back on
  • Run the line on the rest of the rod


It is very different if you are deciding to string a Spincast reel or a Baitcasting reel. Fortunately, how to do those is all over the Internet and with a quick Google search you will be able to find them. I included the Spincast method as it is the most common and I’m sure most of you reading this have just purchased that certain model.

I do hope you enjoy fishing and I sincerely thank you for keeping fishing alive and well in our technological era. I think it is important for this tradition to live on.

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