How To Spool Line Onto A Spinning Reel

Learn how to spool fishing line onto a spinning reel in this video by Gene Jensen.
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Hey guys. This is Gene Jensen, with Real quick, I’m going to do a video on how to properly put line on a spinning reel. Gotten a lot of questions about that; it’s something I’ve wanted to do. I’m going to sit here and try to go over it. First thing I’m going to do is show you guys a trick. You always hear about ‘Make sure it’s going on the spool the same way it’s coming off . . . on the reel, the same way it’s coming off the spool.’ I’m going to show you how to do this.


First of all, I’m going to do it backwards so you guys can see this. I’m going to point the rod away from me. I’m going to turn it and I’m going to see which way that the bale is spinning, and it is spinning counterclockwise. I want to make sure that the line . . . I’ve got some ceiling fans right there; almost hit one with the rod. I want to make sure that the line is coming off of the spool counterclockwise. I’m going to lay it down on the table; I’m going to pull up on it. I’m going to notice it’s coming off of the spool clockwise. All I do is I just flip it over. I remember, sometimes depending on the brand or depending sometimes however they package it in the factory, sometimes the sticker will be on this side, some on this side. You never know. Right here to get it to come off counterclockwise, the sticker is up. I’m going to lay it down on the table, sticker-up, sometimes it’s sticker-down.


I’m going to lay it down on the table sticker-up, and I’m going to make sure the sticker stays up during the whole time. If it flips over, I flip it back. Next thing I do is I’m going go ahead and run my line down through all of the guides. The rod I’m using right now is the drop-shot rod. I have two of them: I have a 7-foot, I have a 6-foot-6. The reason I have two of them is I like to guide with a drop-shot sometimes. I’m heading to Lake Lanier in Atlanta next week to guide somebody, and I’m probably going to be drop-shotting in about 25 feet of water, and catching some really nice spotted bass. I love spotted bass because they fight like they’re 2-3 pounds heavier than they really are.


Next thing is the knot that goes around the spool. Always make sure that you have the bale clipped open. If you tie it on and you realize after you tie it on that the bale is on the wrong side or you forgot to flip the bale, just take the spool off, flip the bale, and put the spool back on so you don’t have to re-tie your knot to the spool or to the reel. I flip the bale. The knot I’m going to tie, can’t remember what it’s called. The first thing I’m going to do is I’m going to tie an overhand onto the end of the line, just a simple overhand knot, single knot. I’ll tell you why in just a minute. I got one knot, and I’m going to clip it off, or bite it off, right above the knot so the knot . . . I almost swallowed the fishing line . . . so the knot is right on the end of the line.


The next thing I’m going to do is I’m going to tie a slip knot, which is two overhands in the same direction. Overhand there, come above, tie another overhand. Pull everything tight. I’ve got a loop slip knot. Hope you guys can see it. It is fluorocarbon. Then I’m going to come over here, I’m going to make sure the line’s all lined up coming off of the last guide. I’m going to put the line over top of the spool and I’m going to hold it down on the bottom as I pull it tight. When I pull it tight, that knot that I tied on the end of the line stops at the slip knot so I don’t have any tag line I have to clip off or run the chance of actually clipping the line. Back to putting the line on the spool: My sticker is up so I know it’s come off counterclockwise. I know that the reel turns counterclockwise; same, same. Now I’m just going to load the spool. With fluorocarbon, you tend to burn your fingers, so you got to go a decent pace but not too fast. Go too fast, it’ll burn your fingers.


One of the things that I do to my fluorocarbon when it’s brand-new and still on the main spool is I will treat it with what’s called Line and Lure, or KVD Line and Lure. I treat it the night before, and I just let it dry in there. What it is, it’s a line treatment that actually will cause the line to be a little but more UV-resistant so it doesn’t break down as fast in the sun, especially fluorocarbon. It’s good for just about anything, any kind of a plastic line, but I really like it for fluorocarbon because it makes it last longer. I did a little experiment just because I could do it, and I put a 20-pound-test fluorocarbon on my jig rod, and I fished it for 2½ years without changing off. You guys know me and jig fishing; I always have that jig rod in my hand. It was a pretty neat thing to watch it last. I just wanted to . . . it wasn’t for anything commercial or anything else. I just wanted to see how well it worked. Finally, I took it off because it was starting to get too cloudy and starting to get a whole lot of memory and stuff like that. That Line and Lure sure worked well. Almost there.


The other question people ask is: How full do I fill the . . . how much line do I put on the spool? How much is too much? What I do is I’ll put it on the spool until I have 1/8-inch, or about 1/8-inch, from the line to the edge of the spool. That’s about as full as I want it. I don’t want it any more than that because it’ll explode off of there. Another trick that I learned several years ago and it works really good with mono, fluorocarbon, and co-polymer is once you get your line on there, go ahead and bite it off, or cut it off, and put it . . . clip it to your little line keeper that’s right here on your spool. Clip it onto there, take your spool off, run some hot tap water in the bathroom sink, and put that spool down in that tap water for at least 5 minutes. What they’ll do is it’ll cause your line to gain memory onto the spool so you don’t have that big flare-off that you normally would get. That’s one of the really cool tricks, and it really does work. I used to do it a lot when I had . . . was fishing with mono on spinning rods and co-polymer. I’ll probably do with these, too. I’m going fishing here in just a minute.


That’s about it. I’m trying to think if I’m forgetting anything. No, I don’t think I’m forgetting anything. Like I always say, visit for the answer all of your questions about bass fishing. Subscribe to my YouTube channel, if you haven’t already. Hit the Like button if you like this video. I hope it really helped you guys who are confused about it. I spent years confused about it. I used to . . . I did forget something: As you’re taking it off the spool, as you’re winding it on, if you drop your rod to a slack line and it starts to spin-up really bad, you’re taking it off the wrong direction. That’s one of the other tricks. You guys have a great day. Enjoy your time in the water. Take care.

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