How to string a fishing rod for beginners (Step-by-step Guide)

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Wondering how to string a fishing rod? Maybe you are not sure if you need to string a fishing line to the reel or the rod first? Well, whatever it is that you need to know about, this guide will help you out.

We have dedicated it to help you learn everything about stringing fishing line ranging from rod to spinning reel, hooks, and even lures.

So take the time you need to go through it, learn everything, and be on your way to catch some fish.

How do you string a fishing pole (Setting up the New fishing pole)

Setting Up The New Fishing Pole
Setting Up New Fishing Pole

Assemble Your Pole and Reel

Before we discuss how to string a fishing pole, we need to first assemble our fishing rod and reel.

So follow these simple steps to do just that:

  • Parts Identification: Every fishing pole or rod that breaks into two or more parts will have joints where the respective sections will fit together; male and female ferrules. At the end of the rod, there will be a handle called a grip. At the end of the handle, there will be a butt. At the other end of the butt, there will be the top of the rod. Between the handle and the tip of the rod, you will have guides to carry and string a fishing line.
  • Cleaning: Now that you know about all the important parts, clean the rod with a cloth, and remove any debris and dirt. Clean the female ferrule using a cotton swab. Cleaning the rod before assembly will extend its life.
  • Assemble the Pole: Now, you need to align the respective male and female ferrules and connect them. If you find it hard to connect the rod sections, stop and read instructions, you don’t want to put a lot of pressure and break it.
  • Connecting the Reel: Once the rod’s sections are connected and secured, it’s time to attach the reel. There will be a female opening just above the handle of the rod called the reel seat. Insert the reel into it. There will be a rotator above the rod’s handle, near the reel seat. Rotate it over the reel seat to fix the reel in place.

String the Fishing Pole

Stringing a fishing pole is a piece of cake. It is very simple and you just need the help of the fishing guides, aka eyelets.

All you need to do is to take the end of the line and pass it through the fishing guides or known as the eyelets. Once done, open the bail of the reel and give the line a few wraps around the reel and tie a few knots to secure.

Attach The Line To Your Reel – Load the line onto the reel

Now that we are done with string a fishing line to the rod, we will have to string a fishing reel and then we will discuss how to attach hook and bait.

So here are the steps of attaching the line onto your reel:

  • First take the line through the eye guide and then open the reel’s bail and attach the line to the reel. (You have already covered this part in the previous section).
  • The next thing to do is flip close the bail and start winding the reel. To wind it, you’ll have to rotate the handle of the reel to get the line fully wrapped around the spool. Keep the tension between the lines and spool so that it doesn’t way to get tangled.

Attach the Hook and Bait or Lure

To string a fishing reel, you don’t have to take any complicated steps. However, when you are attaching the hook to the line, you need to follow closely what we have mentioned below:

  • You need to first take the end of the fishing line, or the ‘tag end’ as known in the fishing lingo from the loop or hole at the end of the hook.
  • Take the tag end around 6” out, fold it onto the eye of the hook and use your finger/thumb to pinch the folded end at the starting point of the hook eye.
  • Now just wrap the remaining part of the line, between the tag end and pinched folded section. It will be wrapped around a standing end lined up with the shank of the hook. Give around 6-8 turns and then take it from the pinched folded end of your fishing line.
  • Now lubricate or wet the line and then pull the tag end to tighten the arbor knot and you are done. Here’s a video for visual illustration.

Now we will discuss how to bait a fishing line with a lure; follow these steps:

Bait A Fishing Line With A Lure
Bait A Fishing Line With A Lure
  • The process is pretty straightforward. Firstly, take the tag end through the hole at the end of the fishing lure up to around 6-7 inches.
  • Then take the tag end that’s through the lure’s hole and suspend it. Then take it to the mainline for about 3” to 4”. Make sure to pinch together the standing line and tag end right after the point where you suspended/suspended the tag end.
  • You now need to wrap the tag end around the main line’s combined part and part of the tag end that’s through the loop of the lure.
  • Give around 6-8 turns and then take tag end right through the pinched loop that you just made, give a tight pull, and you are done. This video will help you understand better.

Casting Your Bait or Lure

Casting the bait using a spinning reel and rod is something that needs to be learned by studying the moves of a professional angler.

Luckily, we have a video that will help you learn everything from the right way of holding the rod to casting motion and more.

This is the video that has it all, make sure to watch till the end and if you want to ask questions, get in touch with us.

Reeling in A Fish

Now that you are don’t with learning how to string a fishing rod or how to thread a fishing rod, we will talk about reeling in a fish once it has caught the bait.

The process is very simple but you need to be fully relaxed for it. Here are the main steps to reel in the fish:

  • Relax and let the rod and drag do most of the work. Just keep your fishing rod up about 45 degree angle at the water. Aim it directly towards the fish and reel when you see the drag stopping movement and buzzing.
  • When you see the fish slowing down and not taking any line from reel, it is time to do the work. If the fish has a bigger size, use the pump and reel technique. (explained below)
  • Do not reel in the fish. Instead, lift the rod’s tip like you are attempting to point it to the sky around 90 degrees. A stronger/bigger fish will bend the rod during this but this is normal, so don’t worry.
  • Now you need to lower the rod tip again but reel as you do this and stop bringing the rod down when you reach around 45 degrees while maintaining the pressure and not letting the line go any further towards the fish.
  • Repeat this process to eventually bring the fish closer.

How to string a closed face fishing pole?

You already know how to string a fishing pole but in this section, we will talk about stringing the closed face fishing pole.

And remember, here, by closed face pole, we mean closed face reel. People often use these two interchangeably but the only thing that is closed face is the reel.

  • Unscrew the cone at the top of the reel and remove any old lines it may have. Now run the new fishing line through the eye in this cone but do not screw back the cone.
  • You will have to first attach the line to the reel by wrapping it around 2-3 times and tying a simple arbor knot.
  • Now you can reattach the cone to the reel and start turning the handle so that the line can wind around. Keep the line taut the entire process or it can get tangled.

How do you string a bobber on a fishing pole?

It’s simple. Just thread the fishing line around the bottom and top hooks of the bobber. But the bottom hook will not be visible so to expose it, use the button on the bobber.

Once it comes out, take the thread through it and then expose the top hook using the bottom button. That’s pretty much it.

How do you put a reel on a rod?

It’s simple and we have discussed it above already. First connect the rod and once the rod’s sections are connected and secured, it’s time to attach the reel.

There will be a female opening right above the handle called the reel seat. Insert the reel into it. There will be a rotator above the rod’s handle, near the reel seat. Rotate it over the reel seat to fix the reel in place

How to use a fishing rod?

Using the fishing rod as a beginner can be a bit daunting but fear not, it’s all very simple and easy to understand. We have a YouTube video that can help you.

You can go through this video to understand the basics of the fishing rod and figure out how to do things on your own.


Now you know string a fishing line and thread a fishing rod. You are ready to go on a fishing trip and catch some fish. Even if you just wet the line for the first few times, it’s okay; you will eventually learn enough fishing tips and all about best fishing rods to start catching fish for dinner.

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