Written by James Cooper
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When you are starting out fishing as a beginner there are many skills that you need to learn before you can successfully head out to the river or lake to take part in your new hobby. 

From how to cast off to choosing the best spot, there are many things to think about, but before you can even get to that point, you need to learn the basics. 

It’s important to know how to put your fishing pole together, how it works, and how to string your fishing pole, otherwise, you won’t be able to do anything else. 

How to string a fishing pole

When it comes to stringing your fishing pole, you need to know the two key things: how to load the reel with the line and then how to thread that line through the pole guides. Here are some key tips to look out for: 

Check your pole line rating

The first thing to do is check out which line rating your fishing pole has. This information should have come with the pole when you bought it. 

Make sure you have the right line

Once you know the rating, make sure to buy the right line to fit your pole. 

Find a flat surface

Take your fishing pole and lay it down on a flat surface ready to start stringing your pole. 

Open the pole wire arm/bail 

You need to open up the wire arm/bail – this is the part of the reel which lifts up and down. 

Take the spool

You need to find the tag end on your string spool, and then pass it through the guide which is nearest to the reel. 

Tie the line

Next, you need to tie your line to attach it to the reel spool at the center with an arbor knot, before closing the wire arm. 

The next stage is to load the line onto the reel to get your fishing pole ready for use, here are some of the key tips for getting this part right: 

Lift your pole so the line is on the floor and lay it out in an anti-clockwise direction. 

Keep the line tense by holding it in your fingers

Start to turn the reel handle to wind the line

Keep winding the handle until the line is about a centimeter from the end

Cut your line from the spool

Open up the wire arm/bail on the reel 

Pass the end of the line up through the final guides

You need to start with the guide nearest to the handle

Then pass your line through all the other guides

Finishing Stringing Your Fishing Pole

Once you have passed the line under the last guide at the end of the fishing pole, you need to have around four feet of line hanging down. Once you have finished stringing your fishing pole, you need to choose your lure. 

There are many lures to choose from so you need to make sure it’s the right lure for the fish you are hoping to catch, and use a secure knot to make sure it stays in place. Once you have your lure attached, you are ready to head out fishing. 

Stringing your fishing pole might seem complicated when you are first starting out but it doesn’t need to be. By taking it step by step you can simplify the process and make sure you don’t end up in a complete tangle. 

If any of the steps go wrong you can always untie the string and start again to make sure you get it right. Taking it step by step makes it much easier to make sure everything is going the right way. If you are in doubt there are plenty of how to videos on the internet to watch. 

As long as you make sure you have the right type of fishing line for your pole, you will be off to a good start and if you are do find yourself in any difficulties at the waterside you can always ask a more experienced fisherman to help you.

Finishing stringing your fishing pole

The best way to learn how to thread your fishing pole correctly is to practice it at home until it becomes second nature. By following each step carefully and practicing indoors, you can learn the techniques and be fully confident by the time you are ready to head out to the waterside. 

As a beginner, stringing your fishing pole can seem quite a daunting prospect but taking it slowly and practicing the techniques will soon have you stringing the pole without even thinking about it, as you get more and more dedicated to your new hobby, and learn all the skills required for it. 


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