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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Why Should You Learn How to Fish? That’s a Good Question

Some lifelong skills and lessons we’ve learned from fishing…

They say that nothing worth having comes easy, and this is certainly true when it comes to catching fish. Learning how to fish is anything but easy. Getting started involves handling sharp things with unfamiliar motor skills, there are plenty of confusing knots to memorize, and because the activity has an infinite skill ceiling, it can take a while before you’re any good at it.

But once you get the hang of it, fishing is more than just fun. Casting and retrieving eventually becomes muscle memory, letting you focus deeper on all the other factors that can be taken into consideration when catching a fish, and worrying less about keeping your line out of a tree.

Rippled water surface.

Before long, fishing becomes meditative and struggling through the initial learning curve comes with valuable lessons.

If you’ve ever asked yourself why people like to fish or how people benefit from fishing, here’s our best attempt at answering those questions…

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