How to String Your Fishing Pole (Step-By-Step Guide)

As an angler, one of the first skills you must learn is setting up your equipment. No matter what fish you wish to catch, knowing how to string your fishing pole is the first step you need to do before anything else.

You don’t have to be frustrated if you can’t master it immediately if you’re a beginner. Setting up a fishing pole is a learned skill that you can master after a few practice sessions. 

To help you out, here’s a step-by-step guide on how to string your fishing pole, from completing your equipment down to attaching the lure or bait.

How to String Your Fishing Pole
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Equipment Needed

Fishing Rod

This is a slim pole where the fishing line with a hook at the end is attached. It’s usually made from fiberglass or carbon fiber. The type of rod to choose would depend on the kind of fish that you would catch.

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Fishing Reel

There are four types of reels: spinning reels, baitcasting reels, spinning reels, and fly reels. The fishing reel is the one that you rotate to retrieve the fishing line. The speed of the release and retrieval of the fishing line would depend on the type of the reel.

Fishing Line

There are three types of fishing lines – braided, monofilament, and fluorocarbon line. Anglers base their choice depending on its durability, weight, and overall line capacity. 

Baits or Lures

These are tools used to attract your fish. If you just use a simple hook, it may be more challenging to catch a fish. You can use live fish or an artificial lure that mimics your targeted fish’s appearance and movement.

Step-By-Step Guide To String Your Fishing Pole

Once you’ve completed the needed equipment, it’s now time to assemble them to complete your fishing gear. Here are the steps on how to do it. 

Part I: Assembling The Rod And Spinning Reel

Step 1: Before assembling your rod and reel, it’s essential to be familiar with its parts first, so it’s easier to put them together, especially if you’re watching or reading guides on how to do it.

Step 2: Wipe all the pieces with a clean cloth before assembling them to get rid of debris or dirt that may scratch it. Afterward, lay the rods together.

Step 3: Most rods are detached through the joints known as ferrules. Hold one ferrule securely at a 45-degree angle and anchor another ferrule around it. Push and twist the two ferrules together until the metal loops are aligned. 

Step 4: Attach the spinning reel to the rod. Look for the reel seat located at the bottom of your rod, where you can insert the reel. Make sure not to over-tighten the reel to avoid cracking or destroying the rod.

Part II: Threading Your Fishing Pole

Step 1: Lift the silver ring-like piece on the spinning reel, the bale arm, and flip it on the other side. You can only load the fishing line if you open the bale arm.

Step 2: Using an arbor knot, loop the free end of the line and tie a loose knot into the standing line. Make sure that knots are snugly tied by tying another loose knot at the tag end up to seven times.

Step 3: Pull the edge of the thread into the loop closest to the hook eye and pull it back into the larger loop. The knot will tighten if you’ll pull the tag end together. Trim the tag end.

Step 4: Close the bale arm by simply flipping it up in the opposite direction. You would know that it’s really closed if there are no more fishing lines that would come out if you pull the line. 

Part III: Attach The Hook And Lure 

Step 1: The first step is to choose a lure. There are different kinds of lures that you can choose from. Base the color of the lure that you’ll be using depending on the weather. If it’s a sunny day, pick a silver lure. 

The silver lure easily attracts attention once the light rays reflect on it. In gloomy weather, choose gold because its reflective property gives off light to get attention. Use a spinner if you want an all-purpose lure.

Step 2:  Thread the line through the eye of the hook. Secure it by wrapping the tag end into the standing line at least five times. 

Step 3: Tuck the tag end back through. Do this by taking the tag end and draw it back through the lure. Loop it through the big loop where the line is. Tuck it one more time within the loop so it would come underneath the line.

Step 4: Wind the overhand knot by pulling the mainline and tag end together to create a tight knot at the lure. 

Final Thoughts

A way to have a successful catch depends on how well you have assembled your equipment. You may not be able to master it on your first try, but as long as you’ll have the patience to learn it, you will surely reap the benefits of it.

Diana Nadim
Fishing Expert
Diana began fishing at the age of seven, as it has been a long-time family tradition. From catching small bullheads to catching strippers on the backwaters of Bighorn, she loves to get out in the wild and have a marvelous day on the water. Her dad was an expert angler, and he taught her fishing along with her two siblings. They used to go to the Bighorn River in Montana and Henry’s fork, Idaho. As a pragmatic person, she is obsessed with creating well-researched and practical guides and reviews of the best fishing methods and gear.
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