How To Spool And UnSpool A Fishing Line

How to spool and unspool a fishing line? This is a question many anglers are concerned about. A correctly spooling fishing line increases your chances of landing a big one on the water without twists and backlash. If your line were a backlash, it would almost certainly leave you an unproductively casting day.

When you finish a fishing trip, you also need to unspool the fishing line properly for the next time. So, knowing how to spool and unspool the fishing line is vital. The following tips will help you understand everything you need to know to do it correctly and quickly.

Steps To Spool A Fishing Line 

These steps will help you understand how it is spooled.

  • Step 1: the first thing you would like to remember when spooling a spinning reel is to make sure you put the appropriate line weight on the reel. It would be best to look for the line capacity on your spool. If you don’t check it, your line will be unmanageable and severely limit our casting distance. 
  • Step 2: Next is to lay your rod and reel on the floor or flat to prevent your line from being twisted. It would be best if you faced up to the label. Open your bail, and run your line through the first guide on the rod. 
  • Step 3: use a knot to attach the line to the reel. Tie a regular overhand knot and the end of your line. Then take your line and wrap it around the spool. Tie another overhand knot. The first knot you made should be outside of your next knot.
  • Step 4: now you’ve got your line tied to your reel. You should set the spool down on a flat surface and ensure that the line comes off in the direction you want. Go ahead and flip your bail over. If you are left-handed, remember to hold your right hand towards the lead guide and apply some pressure to the line as we’re spoiling the reel.
  • Step 5: Cut the line close to the supply spool with line cutters. Leave just enough line to secure the free end with a lure. After cutting it, wrap a small piece of tape around the free end of the spool to keep it from unraveling.
  • Step 6: Fix the line to the spool. Use a lure to secure the free end of your line. As a result, the line will not slip through the guides.

If your line is loosened, you will get tangles all day if this is your first casting. 

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Steps To Unspool The Fishing Line

You had a productive day, and it’s time to unspool your line and clean up your reel for the next trips. Typically, people take the line off, wrapping it around their hands repeatedly until all the line is off the reel. It takes a long time and is not professional. We suppose some steps can help you do it the fastest and easiest way! There are many ways to remove a fishing line from a spinning reel; however, these two ways are the most recommended ones.

Way Number 1 To Unspool Fishing Line

Step 1: Prepare a scissor, your line ( typically, you should use the monofilament line), your rod, and your reel. Scissors are not mandatory, but you will probably want them because you don’t want to use your teeth or any other unorthodox methods to cut the line in certain places that you need to, right?

Step 2: We will use scrap, put a long screw into it, and cut the head off. We can put the screw right into the chuck of the cordless drill, and we can use that drill to pull the line.  

Step 3: You need to tie a knot around the block. Ask someone to hold the pole and open the bail.

Step 4: Open up the bail, and then I take the line, ready to be pulled off. You can take and loosen your drag and pull the line out, but it doesn’t make any difference.

Step 5: Hold your line tight, guide it into the middle of the block, and start taking the line off. To get the line off, you might be able to slide it off, but it’s usually too tight, so take a utility knife and cut the line, and then you’ll be able to get it off the block.

Way Number 2 To Unspool Fishing Line

Step 1: As previously mentioned, we need some materials to take the line off. They are scissors, a knife, an electric drill with a screwdriver, a piece of foam block, and a screwdriver with a shaft small enough to fit loosely inside your spinning reel spool.

Step 2: We use a foam block because of its utility, and it is a good, easy-to-find material. To begin, make a notch in the block with a knife. The crack will hold the end of the line on the block while the drill bit spins. 

Step 3: Insert the screwdriver bit into the end of the foam block. You can now remove the old line from your spool.

Step 4: Insert the end of the old fishing line into the notch in the foam block created in the previous step. We would like to hold the spool with a screwdriver with a small shaft diameter to allow the spool to spin freely while removing the line from the spool. With one hand holding the spool, use the other to operate the electric drill and spool all of the old lines onto the foam block. 

Step 5: Slide the scissors underneath the fishing line and cut off the foam block once you have it on the block. 

Step 6: Remember to keep all of your old lines in a large zip lock bag and recycle it at a local sporting goods store regularly.


Well, that is all steps you need to know. Mastering how to correctly spool and unspool is essential because it decides whether you can catch fish or not. Remember to recycle the line and clean your reel after using it. I hope you will have a happy fishing day with some basic and simple steps!

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