Spool Up: How to Put Line on a Fishing Reel With an Arbor Knot

Grab your rod, reel and some line…

There’s a lot to learn if you’re just starting to fish, and knowing how to put line on a reel is up high on the list of essentials. Although it’s simple to do, spooling fresh line on a reel can be confusing.

We’ll get you casting in no time flat with a few quick steps and some demos.

Before we get going, note that we’re assuming you already have a rod, reel and some line at-hand.

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How to Make a Fish Stringer Out of Carved Wood and Cordage

Do it yourself with scrap materials and a knife…

If you plan to keep your catch, you’ll want some way to bring it along as you continue fishing – ideally keeping it alive in water so the meat stays fresh. Fish stringers made out of paracord, bank line or some other cordage are cheap and compact, so it’s worth keeping a couple of them with your other fishing gear.

Although basic rope stringers are only $5 or $10 on Amazon, you can make one yourself for free with scrap materials – a strong stick and some durable string. The only other thing you’ll need is need a knife or something to carve down the wood, and half an hour to spare.

Full demonstration video below!

The “needle” end of a stringer is narrow enough that it can slip through the mouth and openings in gills of a fish. You guide the needle through its mouth and gills, pull the string most of the way through, then wrap the needle around a ring or loop on the opposite end of the cordage to secure the fish. Now you’re ready to carry your catch from fishing hole to fishing hole.

These simple rope stringers are still great to have as a lightweight backup if you already own a heavier all-metal stringer like this.

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How to Tie Fishing Knots – Two of the Best Fishing Knots to Know by Heart

The improved clinch knot & double uni knot cover most of the bases…

Knowing how to tie fishing knots can make or break your experience on the water. For all the knots there are to wrap your head around, few are as valuable to memorize as the improved clinch knot and double uni knot.

Versatility can be hard to come by in a knot. Most of them serve a specific purpose with few use cases outside that special scenario. They also tend to be complicated, involving many wraps and loops to complete.

Animated GIF of Improved Clinch Knot Being Cinched Down
Full demonstration video below!

Remembering how to tie fishing knots can be difficult between their limited applications and how many steps are often involved with tying them.

Whether you’re fishing for the first time or just brushing up on the basics after taking a season off, we’ve got you covered with a quick guide on how to tie two fishing knots everyone should know: one that will let you attach any line to any lure, and another that will attach any two lines together.

Let’s get tying.

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