How to String a Fishing Pole: What You Need to Know

Fishing Rod

Before going fishing, you need to know how to string a fishing pole. Stringing a fishing pole is not difficult, but it is an essential skill to know for any and all fishers. For your convenience, we have created this easy-to-use 5-step instructional guide on how to string a fishing pole. With this guide, you’ll be out fishing in no time!

Instructions at a Glance:

  1. Lay the fishing pole on a flat surface
  2. Run the tag end of the line down through the guide closest to the reel
  3. Tie the line to the reel with an arbor knot
  4. Reel the line
  5. Feed the line through the rest of the guides

What You’ll Need:

  1. Fishing pole
  2. Spool of line
  3. Scissors or razor

How to String a Fishing Pole:

Here are the 5 steps to stringing a fishing pole:

1. Lay the fishing pole on a flat surface

The first step to stringing your fishing pole is laying the pole on a flat surface. A table or the floor will suffice. You will want to open your bail.

Fishing rod with spinning reel

2. Run the tag end of the line through the guide

Take the line from the separate spool and feed it through the guide eye closest to the reel. You do not need to put the line through all the guides.

3. Tie the line to the reel with an arbor knot

Next, take the tag end of the line and tie an arbor knot around the reel. This step will secure the fishing line around the reel.

To tie an arbor knot, put the line around the reel. Bring the tag end line over and then back under the mainline. At this point, there should be a loop around the reel. Bring the tagline over one side of the loop and through the loop. Bring the tagline beside the mainline.

If you have done it correctly so far, there should be a circle below the beforementioned loop. The circle is called a slipknot. Tighten the slipknot by pulling on the mainline and tagline. You may want to move the slipknot up by pushing on the knot while pulling down on the mainline.

Using the tagline, create an overhand knot. This will keep the line from sliding through as you bring the knot to the reel. Once it is secure, you can cut off the tag end above the overhand knot.

The final step of the arbor knot is bringing it to the reel. Simply push up on the knot while pulling down on the mainline. Pull so that the slipknot and overhand knot move together. Keep pulling until the knot is tight around the reel.

An Arbor Knot

4. Reel the line

After the line is securely fashioned to the reel, you will want to begin reeling in the line. You start this step by picking up the fishing pole and closing the bail.

Then, make sure that the line comes off the spool in a counterclockwise direction. To check this, usually the label of the spool will be facing up.

Next, you will want to add a little pressure to the line. You can do this by lightly pinching the line to the fishing pole above the reel. Adding pressure to the line will help prevent tangles and make the line  go onto the reel smoother.

After that, just start turning the reel. You will continue reeling until there is about an eighth of an inch between the line and the reel end.

5. Feed the line through the rest of the guides

Once you have around an eighth of an inch space between the line and the reel edge, set the pole back down onto your flat surface.

Pull some extra line from the spool and cut the line. You will want enough line so that you can feed it through the remaining guides and have extra line hanging off the pole. Once the line is fed through all the guides, close the bail on the reel.  You will want 3 to 4 feet of line hanging off the end of the pole.

Finally, you are free to attach a hook or lure and get to fishing!

man fishing

Frequently Asked Questions:

Here are some frequently asked questions about stringing a fishing pole:

Do fishing poles come already strung?

Yes! Many fishing poles come pre-strung.

Even if your pole is pre-strung, though, knowing how to string a fishing pole is a useful skill for fishers. Eventually, your string will run out, and you will need to restring your pole instead of buying a whole new pole.

How often should I string a fishing pole?

How often you string your fishing pole depends on how often you use and cut your line. Many fishers restring their pole 2 to 3 times a year. Changing the string every spring and fall is a good reminder for when to string your poles.

If you do not fish frequently, you can go a year or so before restringing the line. Or, you can just restring your pole whenever it is needed.

What string should I use?

Where and what you fish are the main factors to picking out a fishing line. If you are fishing for heavier fish or in rougher waters, you will want a stronger line. If you are fishing more leisurely, though, a standard fishing line should suffice.

Once you know where and what you’re fishing, there are several things to look for when picking out a fishing line:

  • Monofilament vs. thermal filament vs. braided
  • Line strength
  • Material
  • Castability
  • Line memory

Conclusion:

Learning how to string a fishing pole can be an easy task. Using our 5-step instructional guide, you will be out fishing on your boat in no time!