Fishing For Beginners: How To Set Up Your Fishing Rod

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Fishing rods can be complex depending on what kind of fish you want to catch.

If you’ve been fishing for many years or you’re just a beginner fishing, knowing how to set up your fishing rod is an important, if not the most essential, step.

Here in this article, you’ll know all the basic steps to setting up your fishing rod, so you can start catching fish!

Know Your Parts

There is some jargon when it comes to fishing rods, so knowing the terminology can help you understand what the parts of your rod are called.

Fishing rods can be assembled with two parts or more. When these parts connect, the joint is called a ferrule.

The handle on the fishing rod is also called the grip.

The tip of your rod is the most flexible part.

The bale arm is a moveable guard that sits over the spool.

The rings throughout your rod are called the guides or eyelets. This is what you will pull your thread through to make your line.

The metal part at the end of your rod is called the butt.

Clean Your Rod

Making sure that you clean your rod will help prolong the longevity of your rod.

Use a clean cloth to get rid of any sand or dirt that may be on your rod. You can also use water to help break off the debris. Just make sure you dry it again.

Clean your rod regularly and after every fishing trip. The sand and debris can get inside parts of the rod, damaging some of the functions and quality of your rod.

Assemble Your Fishing Rod

It is good to start with a fishing rod that only has one ferrule. However, each kind of angler has different goals when fishing. If you’re a beginner, it’s best to start with a simpler attachment system.

Look at the instructions that came from the manufacturer. Use this manual to see if there are any special ways of locking the pieces of your rod together.

If the pieces aren’t already together, stop and refer to your manual about how to assemble the fishing rod.

After you assemble your fishing rod it is time to attach your reel.

Attaching Your Reel

There is an attachment opening at the bottom part of your rod, that is called the reel seat. Insert the reel. Once it is attached, move the reel seat over the butt of your rod and start rotating until all pieces smoothly fit.

Threading Your Line

Your line is what makes your rod function. This is what will be attached to your lure later on to secure your fish.

The first step to threading your line is to lift your bale arm. The bale arm is like a silver handle that protects the threading. Use a small amount of pressure to lift it over the spool head. It should not take a lot of strength to move it and if it does, you may be attempting to lift the wrong piece.

Lift the thread and start threading through your guides. Make sure the line winds and unwinds in the same direction as your rod. If you don’t check this you can risk unnecessary knots and tangles.

Double-check to make sure the thread is accurately going in the right direction. Once you’re done threading, close the bale arm.

Pick Out Your Favorite Lure

It is always a good idea to pick your lure based on the type of fish you are going to catch. If it is freshwater, a jig is one of the best bass fishing lures.

If you’re trying to catch bigger fish, try a spoon. The way the spoon dangles back and forth mimics the way smaller fish move when they are fleeing. This will make bigger fish want to bite.

Also, check how clear the water is in the area that you’re fishing. If the water is muddy or dirty, it is a good fishing strategy to use a lure that has a lot of movement.

Once you pick your lure,  make sure you loop the thread through your lure. Once you loop it through your lure, then wind it back down the line. It should mimic the look of a candy cane and make sure you are not winding more than five times.

Once you finish the knot, tuck the free end of the line back through the loop on the lure. Fishing lines are hard to see, so this might take a few tries to successfully complete the knot. Clip off the excess once you have a secure knot.

Start Fishing

Once you’ve assembled the rod, you are good to start fishing. Make sure that you can wind up and unwind the thread with ease and make sure that your reel isn’t too tight. Once you start fishing your rod and reel should feel easy to use.


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