Setting-up and Using A Spinning Reel

A spinning reel is sometimes called fishing reel. It has a cylindrical shape and is connected to a rod mainly used in fishing, specifically for winding and stowing line. Most of the modern spinning reels nowadays are equipped with fitting aids to ensure accurate casting for distance and retrieving line.


However, a traditionally made spinning reels are used in the recreational sport of angling, as well as competitive casting. They are typically connected to a fishing rod, though some specialized reels that are mounted directly to boat gunwales or transoms.


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How to Set-up and Use a Spinning Reel?


Before we proceed with the steps on how to use set-up and use a fishing reel, take not first this top: use a fishing digital scale or a fishing spring scale to set the drag. Configure your drag so it’s at 25% of the line’s break strength. The break strength refers to the pound test of your line, which should be indicated on the spool.


  1. Join the ferrules at an angle of 45 degrees. Push the ferrules together while aligning the guides.
  2. Put the foot of the reel along the reel seat and fasten the seat hood by fastening the hood down or up.
  3. The line should be threaded below the line roller and in all the guides.
  4. Tie the hook, plug or lure.
  5. Now you just have to set the drag.


Hold the rod with your hand to make the reel is under it. Then. spin the line in or pull out until the hanging line is around 6 inches from the top tip of the tool. Now, turn the handle gradually so the line roller is just below your index finger. Using the crook of your index finger, the line is set against the fishing. After that, use your other hand to open the bail and position the rod on your target spot.


Bring the rod up following a straight vertical line in one motion. It’s important for you to just let it flex in order for the tip to bent back naturally. This process is commonly known as the rod loading. While allowing the flex movement, there must not be a pause, and you need to push the rod. Remember that you continually do a forward movement of the fishing rod with your wrist and elbow. As your rod is midway to the target, use your index finger or the forefinger to release the line, allowing the lure to fly. Use your other hand to close the bail and prevent line loops, tangles, and unusual knots.