How To Spool A Conventional Reel

You can feel the experience of being a professional angler when you do things related to it by yourself. One of the tasks is spooling the reel. Spooling a reel by yourself has a different level of excitement. 

Do you know how to spool a conventional reel? Well, we are here to guide you regarding this matter. 

Put the line through all the guides, then place the spool of mono in a box sideways. Then you have to put the line around the spool and make sure it is tight on the spool. Lastly, reel the lines slowly back and forth to set them evenly. 

To know more in detail on spooling your reel, stay with us.

Guideline On How To Spool A Conventional Reel

Let’s look at the detailed steps of spooling a conventional reel without much delay.

How To Spool A Conventional Reel
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Drifting Line

Drift the line through the lowest part of the line guide of the rod.

Finding Holes In Spool

In the spool, you would find a hole or set of holes. 

Directing The Line To The Hole

You need to direct the line through the line guide in the reel and then put it inside the hole you found in the spool.

Looping Line 

To loop the line around the spool, you need to turn the handle slowly until it brings that hole and line back to you.

Securing The Line

To secure the line on your spool, you need to tie an arbor knot; if you are using electrical tape on your spool, you are most likely to use a braid directly.

Placing The Knot Properly

The knot needs to sit directly in the middle of the spool, so adjust it properly. 

Aligning The Line Guide 

You must position the line guide on the reel to align with the knot you have formed. If you don’t want your line to get pulled while aligning the line with the knot, you need to follow a simple trick. 

Loosen your line but place your thumb on the spool so it doesn’t move but keep on turning the handle. While doing it, you will see the line guide is moving but not spooling. Keep doing it until and unless both the line guide and the knot are aligned.

The Line Coming Off

Place the new line spool so that the line comes off the top of the spool.

Checking the spin of the spool

To see if the spool is spinning correctly, slide a screwdriver or pen into the spool. Make sure the spool is secured and not bouncing or running around. To ensure, hold the spool between your feet on the ground.

Tying To The Main Line 

While reeling, apply steady pressure and don’t quicken the speed; keep at a slow and steady pace. After that, when you cannot see the surface spool, be sure that you are ready to tie the connection fly fishing knot to the mainline. 

The knots you can try are FG knot and double uni. And make sure to trim down the tug ends.

Continue Reeling

It can get boring to do the same work continuously, but what else to do. Keep on reeling to a steady pace to spool on a mainline until you hit the 1/8in of space to the spool’s edge. Tie the fish straight braid.

Other Method

Above, we have discussed the primary method of spooling the conventional reel with braid. There is another method by which you can get your work done. The name of the method is the bucket method. 

The Things Needed For The Method

  • Thick pair gloves
  • Five-gallon can with two gallons of water in it
  • Reel of your choice you want to spool

The Steps

Using the loading mono, you have to tie an arbor knot to the spool and cut off the tag end, leaving almost an inch. Then take the spool and drop it in the bucket filled with water. 

Hold the rod with your gloved hands and pinch the line closely using your thumb and index finger.

Lastly, put tension on the line while reeling using the other hand. And don’t forget to move your hand while applying pressure side by side so that the line lays down evenly. 


We have discussed the methods that will help you spool the conventional reel. In addition to that, we thought of presenting you with tips that can help in this method of reeling.

Using of holder

It can be a handful when holding the fishing rod and applying pressure. If you are using a holder, you only have to use your gloved hands to guide the line. Moreover, this way line will also remain tight on the spool even after winding it.

No Fish Bucket

You might not have a fish bucket or have forgotten to bring it. Then, what to do as you need when applying the bucket method. So what you can do is put a rod through the spool and have it freespin.


  1. Does braid or mono cast further?

According to the experiment, braid is the winner when comparing braid or mono line for casting distance. The first test with heavier weight showed that a 7percent advantage comes from the braid later. Braid is another test done with wet lines, and both are newly spooled. It showed that a 30 percent advantage comes from the braid. 

  1. What is a braid-ready spool?

Braid-ready spools have a rubber band inserted into the arbor of the spool. Due to this, you can tie the braid directly to the rubber band. Having the braid tied to the rubber band directly, you will have a good hold on the fish you are fighting to catch. 

But a problem can occur: after your spool wears tears down, the rubber band can lose its seal to the arbor and lead to your line slipping down the spool and losing your fish.

Parting Words

Hopefully, now the question of how to spool a conventional reel is understood by the methods we have provided. The first method is the primary method of spooling the conventional reel. Includes the general ways of reeling and securing the lines around the spool to be appropriately used when used for fishing

The bucket method is way more straightforward than the first method; all you need is the suitable materials to proceed with it. Lastly, keep in mind the tips we have suggested for you while going through the methods.

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