How To Spool Braided Line With 5 Remarkable Steps

Fishing is thought to be a very joyful and adventurous outdoor activity in many parts of the world. May it be camping in the countryside or relaxation from the urban hustle and bustle at your nearby lake; fishing is a way of taking off some time from life’s tough routine.

The most important things we learn from fishing are patience, reliance, and forward thinking. If you are at the lake fishing for the very first time in your life, you may ask yourself, How to spool braided line for my fishing pole?

Before hitting the water it is very important to learn to spool braided line on your reels and rings. So you should string your rod before you rush towards the lines with lures and weights.

Most of us make the mistake to understand that all reels and lines are the same, however, they are not. You may think that putting line on a fishing reel is fairly straight forward as it sounds, but for your information it is not at all like wise.

If you are in search of some juicy catfish, you surely need to keep a few things in mind to avoid twisting, and pointless hassle when fishing. It seems that just about every angler has his or her own scheme of fishing tactics and various ways to best spool a spinning reel.


Material Needed

  • A wet rag
  • Mono (30 pounds)
  • Braid (10 pounds)
  • Scissors
  • Rod with spinning reel

Step 1

The very first step is to use the mono on the spool and the basic reason for using it is that if you use a braid straight away on the braid, the braid does not have enough friction and it could have the entire spool to just float along the surface. You can have another option of using a tape instead of a mono on the spool.

Step 2

After wrapping the mono you have to make a simple arbor knot by pulling out the mono with a simple overhand knot. After tying the knot go around the spool with the mono and make another overhand knot around the line. Pull it tightly and get it over the first knot tightly. Cut off the tagging at the end with a scissors.

Step 3

Start spooning the mono and cover mono with a nice layer of mono to get it into a nice space. Put the line on the reel with some tension on the line. Be careful and do not burn your fingers instead use a wet rag to do the job.

Step 4

In this step we will tie the mono to our braid. Make a knot of the mono with the braid. This knot is called the FG knot. Hold the spool tightly in between your legs or with help from a partner. With tension thread the mono around the braid 16-20 times. This spreads the tension load across a large portion of the line.

Step 5

Get both the sides of mono and braid in your hand and apply tension to get both knots without touching the lines. Pull it tightly. You will observe the braids digging into the outer layer of the mono. Get the rag and tightly hold it to the rod and put the spool directly underneath the eye and start reeling.

However some of you may be having problems with following these short steps here is a detail of the important steps along with them are some tips for you as well.

The Arbor Knot

The very first step you need to proceed with is the process of taking the end of the fishing line on the spool and attaching it to your reel. Whenever I go out fishing this is the very first step I take is to secure monofilament or fluorocarbon line to a reel with an arbor knot.

You must be thinking, what on earth is an arbor knot? Basically, an arbor knot is a half knot tied around the main line with a half knot in the end of the line that acts as a “catch” when you pull the line tight. Here is a picture which can help you while tying the arbor knot

For attaching a braided line you should first tie a couple knots and carefully tape the braid to the spool with a small piece of electrical tape, which will hold it tight. I have seen that most braids have a coating on them, an arbor knot just slips and other knots just keep getting loose.

If any of you feel that your drag is slipping under light pressure when using braid on a reel, you should check on your technique on how you have attached the braid to your spool. To learn the knot you can use a small piece of electrical tape which can give you a secure connection to the spool.

Opposite Direction Of Spool


Many of you might have come across the problem with the spool line. While fishing, some of my friends spool line on backward directions instead using the opposite direction. Whenever you are playing your own tricks with the spool lines they always tend to coil and begin to create problems for you.

Basically the Braid has practically no memory, so when spooling nylon lines it is very important to make a note of such a situation that from which direction line is coming off the filler spool and then reel it onto the reel’s spool in the corresponding direction.

Okay let’s give you an example of such a situation. You may have seen some cassette tapes and when you have a closer look at the tape playing, one side of the cassette tape unwinds the tape off and then the other side picks it up. So on the whole that is the same case with spools and reel spools similarly.

Assert Pressure

If any of you happen to have a loose line on your fishing reel, oh my friend, you will be having some problematic time on the water. You need to keep spool line on to the reel under tension and for that the most important thing which can prevent such a thing is called an overrun.

An overrun is nothing more than the spool spinning faster or further than the lure carries the line off the reel. What basically happens is that when you have loosely spooled braided line it will dig into the other line on the spool on and can be very problematic by playing the role of destroying your braid or maybe it can breaking it off too.

The best way to keep tension is to run the line off the spool, down through the guides and secure it to the reel spool. Along with that make sure you pinch your fingers on the line or pinch the line down on the rod as you wind it onto the spool. But folks you should be careful with the pinching, because if you tend to pinch too hard you can get line burn.

Abstain Overfilling

If you have been fishing for quite a while you should know that most of us while fishing tends to make the mistake of over filling our braid line on the spool. Of course, we are all aware that sometimes it is difficult to tell or keep track of the length of braided line required by us.

On the other hand I have noticed that whenever one tries to overfill a reel, problems start to emerge. Overfilling is just as bad as not putting enough line on the reel and if there is too much line on the reel then it can suck up water or get weaker and take up more space on the reel.

Fishing is not just a hobby, it is an art and for some of you fishing is a passion. After going through the whole article, did you enjoy the information I have shared? Hopefully, you did. This article has been an important one for me because I am passionate about fishing.

I was not aware of a lot of stuff when I started fishing so, eventually, I thought of sharing my learned experience with you folks, hoping that it will be very helpful for you in your future fishing ventures.

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