How to Set Up a Fishing Rod for Lure Fishing




This is an Instructable to help all the beginners of the great sport of fishing! It will show you how to spool(put line on) a reel and attach it to a fishing rod. PLEASE RATE MY INSTRUCTABLE..

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Step 1: What You Will Need

You will need:
-A Rod
-A Reel
-Fishing Line
-A Lure
-A Scissors

Step 2: Putting Line on a Reel.

Image 1: The reel.
Image 2: Open The Bail Arm.
Image 3: Tie on line. This is the knot you tie:
Image 4: Close Bail Arm.
Image 5: If you are a young beginner get a parent or a friend to put a pencil through the line holder so it will come off easier. Remember to keep the line tight when you are loading the reel to prevent kinks and twists.

Step 3: Mounting the Reel

Image 1: Cut the line when the reel is full but not over full.
Image 2: On most reels there is a line clip on the side. Clip the line in here for now.
image 3: On a rod, near the handle, there is a reel mount that looks like this.
Image 4: Slide the reel into the mount.
Image 5 Screw the mount tight.

Step 4: Bring Line Through Line Guides

Image 1:Un-clip the line and open the bail arm.
Image 2:Put the line through the line guides.
Image 3:Close the bail arm when there is about a meter of line coming out of the top line guide.

Step 5: Attach Your Lure

You are almost done!!!!!!!!
Image 1: Tie on the lure. This is the knot I use with my rapala (pictured):
Image 2: Cut of the left over line.
Image 3: You are ready to start fishing!!!!!

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    11 Discussions


    3 years ago

    What is the rod's casting weight,also,are telescopic rods any good??

    4 replies

    Reply 3 years ago

    Hi there!
    A rod's casting weight is a recommend weight range that a rod is capable of casting to achieve maximum performance without damaging the rod. Casting a weight higher than this recommended casting weight could snap the rod. Casting below the weight range wont allow you to achieve maximum casting distance.

    Telescopic rods are great for travel uses where you need to pack a rod into a suitcase. Telescopic rods are not your only option however. There are also multi piece rods that come in sections. You can get very good telescopic and multi-piece travel rods. Shimano makes some good value telescopic rods, namely the Shimano Catana spinning rod. As long as you stick to major fishing equipment brands you should get a good quality rod!

    Hope this answers your questions!


    Reply 3 years ago

    Well,i wanted to buy Spro TFX6 dyno force,it's a telescopic spinning rod with 5-20 grams casting weight for 20$ BUT,im not sure should i buy a two piece

    spinning rod with 10-30 grams casting weight,also 20$

    My only problem is,is the first one srong enough,im a begginner...

    I wanna fish for Chub,pike...European classics,i live in serbia,they can grow to 4-7 kg rarely so i think first rod is better for me,but i want a pro's thoughts... :)


    Reply 3 years ago

    I would personally go with the telescopic rod purely because it's easier to transport. Then again you can also float fish for pike and chub. There are rods specifically designed for pike fishing. The rod you mentioned would be a good all rounder beginners rod that could be used for many applications. The best bet would be to get in touch with your local fishing tackle shop and ask them for recommendations. They will be the most knowledgeable about what gear you should be using in your area. They will also be able to recommend you tackle and hooks etc. that should be used.


    Reply 3 years ago

    Nah,i'll just buy telescopic one,but i will check the store anyway(but this is Serbia,they don't know anything!)


    5 years ago on Introduction

    That's not the proper way to line a spinning reel. You should leave the spool on it's side facing up, then reel it in. (The way you show is for spincast reels) They are designed to reel in fresh line that way. And if it does get knotted or kinked just pull the knot out and flip the spool over. Later on it will be less hassle and less of a chance of your line getting all tangled up while trolling or reeling in.


    8 years ago on Step 5

    Thank you for this! It helped greatly!


    9 years ago on Step 5

    Thank you for this guide, i live in Middlesbrough, North East England, I will try this guide out for myself when i go sea fishing next and let you know the outcome of my fishing trip using this guide.


    10 years ago on Step 1

    there is a repella lure that work real well, its blue on top and silver and orange in the bottom, works danm good, i bought my second one today(lost first one) and on the first cast when i realed my rod in a 1 1/2 foot fishpike or trout) swims right over it and grabs it, but i was so used to bass fishing that i riped the hook right out of em'. made me sick to my stomach

    1 reply

    Reply 10 years ago on Step 1

    cool (just one thing its called rapalla not a repella)