How to Spool a New Line on an Open Face Reel

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    • 1). Pull the old line off the open face reel.

    • 2). Mount the open face reel to a spinning rod. The line guides on these rods are smallest near the tip and largest near the handle.

    • 3). Open the reel's bail by flipping it upward.

    • 4). Put the line through the tip of the rod, then through each line guide as you work toward the reel.

    • 5). Wrap the fishing line around the reel's spool and tie an overhand knot -- the kind you use to knot your shoelaces -- to connect the line to the spool.

    • 6). Close the bail.

    • 7). Reel line onto the open face reel until it is 1/8 inch below the top of the spool.

    • 8). Cut the line so one foot of it hangs from the end of the rod.

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