Fishing is a popular pastime enjoyed by people of all ages and backgrounds around the world. For some, fishing is a means to an end – catching fish for their dinner table. For others, fishing is a way to relax and de-stress after a long day. Whatever the reason, fishing requires the use of a fishing line. A fishing line is a line used to reel in the fish. It is attached to the reel at one end and the other end is attached to the fish. This guide will show you how to put a fishing line on a closed face reel.
Putting fishing line on a closed face reel
Select the right line for your fishing reel
Always check the maximum line capacity of your reel, which is written in lbs./yards. Don’t try to use a reel that can only handle a lighter line if you have a heavier line on hand because it will be too much work to cast or shorten your casting distance.
Pull your line first from the reel
Before you put a new line to your reel make sure that you pull your line off from the reel. But If you are planning a cast that is longer than usual, it is best to tie the two together. If the line snaps, you can always use the old line as a backup to keep on fishing. Dispose of the line properly to keep our environment safe and clean.
Remove the nose cone
To remove the nose cone of your reel, proceed by loosening it clockwise until it is detached. If your reel has a button to open the cone, you may need to press that before proceeding. Once removed, pull off any old line from your reel and cut it to approximately six inches in length.
Tip: Before buying a spincast reel always try to buy a reel that has two pickup pins. There are some spincast reels in the market which has one pickup pin. So the fact is that if you buy a reel that has one pickup pin then it will take a long time for that reel spool to grab the line and start that retrieve.
Draw the line through the hole of the nose cone and attach it to your reel
Before you attach the line to your reel you need to draw the line through the hole of the nose cone first. This is a very important part of it. After drawing the line through the hole of the nose cone it’s time to attach your line to the reel. You can’t connect the line directly to the reel. Firstly you need a scissor to cut the line then make a nail knot or two clinch knots to attach the line.
Put the nose cone back
After attaching your line to the reel put the nose cone back on the spool. It’s very important to do it in the right way or your reel will not work properly. There are three different ways of putting the nose cone back on. The first is by screwing it on from the front, secondly, you can use spacers that come with the reel, and lastly, you can slide it onto a bolt that goes through both sides of the spool.
Spool the reel
Now it is time to spool the reel with the line. But make sure that you spool the reel with approximately 1/8 inch of the lid. Do not put the excess line on the spool. You need to check about every 25-30 seconds to ensure that your reel does not get overloaded. It is a little bit difficult to spool the reel because you can’t see whether your reel is overloaded or not.
What is a closed face reel?
A closed face reel is a fishing reel with a cover that sits over the spool while in use. This prevents the line from getting tangled or caught on the gears and facilitates quick line changes.
What types of fishing lines are available?
When choosing a fishing line, it is important to consider the type of bait you will be using, the size of your prey, and the range of your fishing spot. There are three main types of fishing lines: monofilament, Fluorocarbon, and braid. Each has its own advantages and disadvantages.
Monofilament fishing line
Monofilament is a type of fishing line made of one continuous filament. It is very strong, but also very thin, making it easy to cast and retrieve. Monofilament lines are usually colored either light blue or white, to help them be more easily seen in the water. A great misconception about monofilament and fish is that it will actually wrap around the lure causing your reel to overwork, wearing out weaker lines. Another drawback of monofilament is that if a worm or bottom bait comes in contact with one of the fibers inside an unseen crack on the spool while being retrieved can easily cut through this line without even knowing.
Currents tied into each strand causes lots of problems”, especially when fishing in the high seas of near-shore areas. In this case, a modern fishing reel like a Shimano Alivio Series II is your best friend since it features an Aruka mechanism that distributes any sudden strain automatically and reliably to a lower tension single line (called de-biner).
- Versatility – one of the main benefits of a monofilament fishing line is that it can be used for a wide variety of activities, both on land and on water.
- Easy to control – due to its thinness, the monofilament fishing line is easy to handle and can be cast with great accuracy.
- High strength – unlike other types of fishing lines, monofilament has a high strength-to-weight ratio. A shark can bite through a 1-lb (500 g) braided line in seconds, but such damage to monofilament would take much more effort and cause an aluminum reel like the Shimano Alivio Series II to rather quickly fail due to the increased stress on its bearings and gears.
- Easily adapted – speaking from experience when it comes down to technical issues, fishing is all about adjusting your equipment based on what you see on your hook set. So, a monofilament fishing line can be easily adapted to a wide range of applications thanks to its flexibility and multiple uses.
- Low reliability – monofilament fishing line can break easily, making it difficult to fish with.
- Poor knot retention – a common problem with monofilament is that it tends to fray and pull apart when tying knots, making it difficult to reel in your catch.
- Easily tangled – when using monofilament, it’s easy to get the line wrapped around objects and trees, which can be challenging to untangle.
- Low availability – since monofilament is a consumable material, it tends to have limited production capacity; the tug on reels from breakage means that there’s not always enough of this line available for each fisherman/fisherwoman (reel usability is further impacted by its very low strength-to-weight ratio). This has led manufacturers and brands/commercial fishing tools to adopt alternate types of fishing lines as a replacement for monofilament.
When to use the Monofilament fishing line?
A monofilament fishing line is typically used when fishing with a spinning reel because it has a strong and consistent drag. When fishing with a baitcaster, monofilament lines can be used on the retrieve as normal to create a tight loop.
Fluorocarbon fishing line
The fluorocarbon fishing line is made of slippery fluorocarbon that makes it ideal for use with spinning and casting devices. It is also resistant to breaking, making it an ideal choice for catch-and-release fishing. It is also resistant to temperature extremes and laundry bleach, making it a great choice for active individuals that like the outdoors. The downside of fluorocarbon fishing line is its low cost (compared to monofilament), which has led many anglers to switch over from using mono when they can afford it.
- The fluorocarbon line is strong, suitable for baitcasting, ultralight-weight (extremely light), and durable in breezy conditions. It can also be used to tie flies that don’t require a tight knot due to their slipperiness
- It’s available most wherever fishing tackle is sold because it has been designed into machines by popular brands, those that are easier to use than monofilament include.
- It will never stretch like mono and it breaks less often (however there is a real risk that fluoros can split if bagged & unbagged wrong). Despite this, most people experiment with their casting rods and rigs before choosing how they want to finish the job. Fluoro is often used in kayak fishing but has better casting performance than mono.
- On the downside, one of the fluorocarbon’s most significant disadvantages is its price. Fluoro can be twice as expensive as mono! In a way, that makes sense; it’s more than twice the thickness and you get over 2X in strength (mono usually comes in multiple grades each with less and greater tensile amounts)
- Anyone who wishes to use this line must have a device that changes tie-in knots. There are 4 ways:
- Tie a knot to keep the line slack (most of us will ignore this because it increases tangles).
- Put tie-in that has too much ease.
- Ties in less accessible places, like fishing rod tip or jig butt
- Double-knot off current ends. This is best if you plan on using more than one lure at once; otherwise doubling could damage the line if not done properly.
When to use Fluorocarbon fishing line?
Fluorocarbon fishing line is most commonly used when trolling for a big game, such as largemouth and spotted bass. It is also very effective for drifting worms and jigs across the bottom. When trolling for largemouth, I have found it to be just as effective with a needlefish handled worm and two beads.
Braid fishing line
A braid fishing line is a type of fishing line that consists of two or more strands of different diameters. Braid lines are often used to catch fish on a hook by forming loops in the line, enticing the fish to bite at the bait. When fishing with a braided line, it is important to know that there are 2 types of braids used: the round braid and the flat or universal braid. Round Braided lines consist of a single continuous strand through which multiple strands have been threaded in order (otter annal) or each individual section can be tied off individually for looping purposes.
- Allows for great movement and resists kinking & tangling well.
- Easier fitting of lures to hooks due to no hard spots from starter knots.
- Various color combinations are available when mixed with mono/fluoro or monofilament line (two or three colors used in a braid).
- Can unwind in the water if overloaded, causing the line to pull out of knot or loose connection.
- Difficult and time consuming tying knots compared to single strands (beading) lines.
- On a lure that has no added weight should be used with more caution as it will tend to float freely which can cause unwanted tangles when barely any tension was built up during casting and retrieving operations.
- Universal Braids consist of multiple individual threads all of the same diameter with a few other components such as toggles, eyelets, or even sinkers. Using universal braids is often viewed as less harmful for fish and more versatile in comparison to round braided lines, especially when changing hooks sizes. Some brands are also available which have Sinkers within them without needing any line added externally
- Can be used on most types of baitcasting rods (multi-strand, baitcasters, and reels with single line guides).
- Often carries more live bait than mono/fluoro lines due to less resistance. Many brands use this type of braid on the spool as well via built-in sinkers or some sort of weight added or inserted internally.
- Multiple colors are available when mixed with mono/fluoro fishing line (two or three colors used in a braid).
When to use a braided fishing line?
A braided fishing line is typically used when you want to create a strong, durable line. This is especially true when fishing a lure, but it can also be used if you are trying to mend and fix the line once broken. Braided lines must have sufficient design features in order for the user to know that through increased elasticity or flexibility it will not easily snap especially with knots.
What is the difference between mono and braid fishing lines?
There is a significant difference between mono and braid fishing lines. Mono lines are made of a single filament of wire, while braid lines are composed of multiple filaments woven together. This combination provides several benefits over traditional monofilament lines.
Firstly, it makes the line more flexible – allowing you to pull in larger prey with less effort.
Secondly, it promotes better water drainage, so your bait stays wetter for longer.
Finally, braid patterns more naturally and interact better with the structure of your environment making it easier to land bigger fish, in particular the big game.
Braid fishing lines will dry faster than monofilament line because they sandwich one another and can breathe like monofilaments. But if you apply this thing called ‘End Tie’ or I use wire leader+Nest egg knot when uncoiling a braid then as I followed by my knots when fish sees it then he will attack the line as soon as possible. Because a braid fishing leader has the thickness and you can cast more than mono so.
How do I know how much line to put on my reel?
The first thing you need to do is figure out how long your reel will be. For standard 8mm film, the reel should be at least 24 minutes long. For 16mm film, the reel should be at least 48 minutes long. Once you know how long your reel will be, divide that number by 2. This will give you the minimum amount of line required for your reel.
Is it necessary to get a specific type of fishing line?
No. A variety of fishing lines will work, depending on the type of bait and lure you are using.
Tips on choosing the right choice of fishing line for your needs?
Some factors to consider when choosing a fishing line include what type of fishing you plan on doing. The pull strength of your rod and reel, the size and weight of your lure or bait. And whether you are using a spinning or bait-casting style fishing rod.
Putting fishing line on a closed face reel can seem like a daunting task, but with a little instruction it’s easy to get the job done. By following these simple steps, you’ll be able to put your line on the reel with ease and start reeling in some fish! Don’t forget to check back on our website for more helpful guides and tutorials in the future!