How to Restring a Fishing Reel

by | Aug 15, 2017 | Tips | 0 comments

Adding line to your new or existing reel can be an easy process.  There are very few tools needed and always easier with a friend!  In this guide we will show you how to string a push botton (spin-casting), spinning, baitcaster and fly fishing rod & reel combo.

Tools needed

  1. New Fishing Line
  2. Knife or Scissors
  3. Backing Line for Fly Reels
  4. Pliers
  5. Socket Wrench

Restringing a Push Button (Spin-Casting) Reel

  1. Twist off the face of the reel
  2. Unscrew the bolt holding the line in (by hand or with pliers)
  3. Take out old line (if there is any)
  4. Feed new fishing line through the top of the fishing rod and through the cap of the push button reel
  5. String around reel and tie line
  6. Put plate, washer, nut and cap back on
  7. Hold line above cap while reeling in the line

Easy Method for Relining an Open Faced Spinning Reel

Casey Davidson from Shakespear shows a great video on how to reline your shakespear fishing rod.

  1. Open bail of your reel
  2. Thread line through guides
  3. Tie overhand knot on end of fishing line (see video)
  4. Wrap line around reel and tie two overhand knots
  5. Close reel bail
  6. Hold line above reel while reeling in the line

Respooling a baitcaster with braid or mono line

  1. 1.  Thread line through guides
  2. Tie overhand knot
  3. Tie second overhand knot (see video)
  4. Have a friend hold the spool with line coming off on top of spool


As seen in the video you can tie mono as the starting line for a baitcaster and half way through use an uni-knot to tie the mono and braid together for stronger line.

How to setup a fly reel properly

  1. Tie on “backing line” with a double surgeon knot (see video)
  2. Create a slip knot and loop over reel
  3. Reel on 10-15 feet of backing line and cut off tag
  4. Tie backing and fly line using a nail knot (see video) and cut off tag
  5. Tie fly line and strike indicator using a perfection loop
  6. Tie strike indicator to leader using a loop-to-loop knot