The Different Kinds of Knots for Tying Fishing Line to Reel

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The Different Kinds of Knots for Tying Fishing Line to Reel

After getting to know the kinds of fishing lines, rods, reels, and other fishing equipment, it’s time to learn the basic techniques you need as a new angler. One of the first few skills you have to acquire so you can independently go on your own fishing trip is to know how to tie fishing line to the reel spool the right way.

All amateurs and experienced anglers would know that fishing line that is perfectly connected to the reel makes a big difference in your performance. Even the most advanced anglers need to replace fishing lines at least once in a year. Since the line and reel connect you to your catch, you need a considerable amount of time to practice tie the knot.

Can you imagine going on a fishing trip without knowing how to tie even the simplest type of knot? If you don’t want such trouble to happen, this article will teach you the steps of tying different knots so you can be prepared for anything.

Read on and follow the instructions right away. Get your line and reels if you may.

How to tie Fishing Line to Reel

Now, the knots used in tying fishing line to reel are different from the knots used in tying hooks. The former is simpler while the latter can be complicated.

For this section, you will discover two types of knots that attach fishing line onto your reel spool correctly.

Arbor Knot

In learning how to tie fishing lines to reels, you should be particular in following directions. When connecting your new line to your spool, the last thing you would want to see is a bulky knot.

This is because bulky knot can heavily affect the way in which the line is distributed on the spool, which might result in uneven line lay. Most anglers do the arbor knot.

This is the simplest and the most common type of knot that great for braid and mono lines. When done properly, you will notice that the tie won’t slip easily as you begin to load up.

  1. You can use either fly reel, spinning reel, or bait casting reel.
  2. Wrap or pass the fishing line around the arbor of the spool. Then use the tag end of the line to do a simple overhand knot around the main line.
  3. Tie another overhand knot in the tag end of the line. Make sure that this is at least one inch apart from the first overhand knot. This is to prevent the fishing line from slipping.
  4. Pull the knot nice and tight so it lies snugly at the base of the spool.
  5. Trim the tag end close. If you are using ultra low diameter lines on very shallow match spools, use insulation tape as needed.

It is important to grab the tag end and pull it tight as you rotate the spool. You will know you are rotating the right way if it walks down the spool and the line snugs up.

Cross Over Uni Knot

A uni knot is usually done when tying lines to hook. But compared to hooks, this time, there will only be one or two wraps instead of five or six.

This knot is used for braiding superline to the arbor of a reel, preventing the braid from slipping. To ensure your knot is tight, prepare a reel that is braid-ready with non-slip texture.

Aside from these, always remember to moisten your line with saliva or water before pulling tight.

  1. Start by opening the bail on the spinning reel then make a large loop with about 20 inches of braid line around the arbor.
  2. Form a small circle by doubling back at the top.
  3. Do a uni-knot by wrapping the free end around both lines six times, and then through the loop.
  4. Dampen or moisten the knot, then pull the tag end and main line, holding them really tight.
  5. Twist the loop slowly to form a figure eight.
  6. Hold the top loop of figure eight and place over the spool, placing one side around the spool lip so that the arbor now has two wraps.
  7. Twist the loop again to form another figure eight.
  8. Hold the top loop of the figure eight and place over the spool again so the spool now has three wraps. Check if the wraps cross over the braid-ready textured area of the spool.
  9. Pull the main line gently to tighten knot against the spool.
  10. Trim the tag end.

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