How to assemble a spinning reel and rod

So, first time angling with spinning reel and rod?

You might be wondering if this trip is going to be fun or not, but we’d recommend you not to panic. Because the first time angling might not go as splendid as you expect, but if you play by the rules, we can assure you that it won’t be a failed idea. Just have a good knowledge of what you’re about to do and follow proper instructions, you will learn it in no time.

Fishing is a fun trip and an amazing way to spend hours. But you should also be familiarized with your gears: your rod and reel. When you’re planning to go for fishing, you must learn how to assemble your gears. For instance, if you don’t know how to set up your rod and reel for angling, how are you supposed to fish? You have to learn thee method.

There are different types of rods and reels for angling and today, we’d like to discuss about assembling spinning reel and rod. So, in this post, we have tried to provide you with tactics to set up a spinning reel and rod, for your next angling trip.

Steps of assembling spinning reel and rod:

Step 1. Gather your materials

First, gather following materials:

• A spinning rod

• A spinning reel

• Fishing line

• Lures

Step 2. Learn the Equipment

To assemble the materials, first you need to know them properly. Get familiar with the parts. Learn about the sections of a spinning rod, it’s reel, fishing line and lures.

Spinning rod:

There are two types of rods available in the market-

a) Some rods have male and female ferrules.

b) Some rods are available in whole.

Now, rods have different parts for different purposes. Let’s have a look-

Handle and butt cap: There’s a thick spot at the bottom of the rod for holding it. Also known as the grip. Under the handle, a tiny blunt object is placed, made of cork or foam, is called the butt cap. Butt cap is made for your safety.

Real seat: Situated on the handles to place the reel. You put the reel foot on the empty space referred as the real seat.

Hook keeper: Situated over the handle in the bottom of the rod. Used for hooking the lure, so that it doesn’t hang loose in the air and protects you from getting scratched.

Butt: The lower part of the rod starting from the handle is a bit thick. The whole thick part is referred as Butt.

Guides: There are several rings attached to the rod that are used for lining up the fishing line with the rod and throw it out of the tip top. A good rod should have a sufficient number of guides hooked to it.

Butt guide: The ring(s) attached to the butt is/are called the butt guide.

Windings: Strings to bind the guides with the rod. After tying, it’s painted with enamel for long lasting effect.

Tip and tip top: Tip is the thinnest and flexible part of the rod, situated over the butt. The guide situated on the tip for throwing the line out is called the tip top.

Ferrules: Different types of spinning rods are available in the market. Some rods come in whole and some come in two parts — the thick area with the handle and thin upward area. Those parts are connected by their joints which are referred as ferrules. The ferrule with the lower part is called female ferrule and the other one is known as male ferrule.

Spinning reel:

Almost all rods are same looking. It’s the reel which divides them in different kinds. Reels have different types for different purposes. Spinning reel is one of a kind and used for small or medium sized fish and a small area. Also the popular choice for a beginner or a non-professional angler. Spinning reel consists of handle, body, spool, drag adjustment knob, gear box, bail and anti reverse switch.

Body: Where the reel foot, gear box housing and support arm is placed. The body is usually made of aluminium or plastic.

Reel foot: The metal made part that holds the body and also the handle.

Handle: Reel handle is attached to the reel foot. Have to rotate the handle to wind the line out of the spool.

Gear box: Gear box is situated inside the body.

Spool: It’s situated between the bail. Often made of metal objects. The fishing line is wrapped around it.

Drag adjustment knob: Drag holds the spool tightly to the shaft. There’s a knob on the rear or in the front of a spool to adjust the drag.

Bail: A wire attached to the body. It is flipped forward to release the line.

Anti reverse switch: Stop the reel from rotating backwards when engaged.

Lure / Hook:

The tiny object you will be using as bait to attract fish. The choice of lure or hook depends on you and your target.


The string to hang the bait and catch fish. Thinner lines are better.

Step 3. If your rod has ferrules, connect them

* Assemble the sections (Ferrules). Firstly, clean both ferrules. Then connect them by pushing together. Twist to fit the ferrules by shoving the thin part into the thick part.

* While twisting, keep in mind that all the guides should be aligned. If they are not, you might have to twist a little more…. Or a little less.

* After joining the sections or if it’s a whole piece, now time to focus on the reel.

Step 4. Assemble the reel

1. Start by adjusting the reel seat. Loosen the seat and put the reel foot between the seat ends. Now tighten the seat by screwing to fix the reel. Shake to check if the reel is stable or not.

2. Feel the spool with line. To avoid line twisting problem later, do the part carefully.

* Open the bail

* Tie a knot with the line around the arbour inside the spool. Secure it by checking knot’s tightness. If you are using a thin line, tape the line to the reel instead of tying an arbour knot.

* Now take another spool and wrap it with a line. Imitate the direction the line has faced here to reel it back to the reel’s spool, so that it can spool back facing the similar direction as it was inside the other spool. Spooling the line into the reel following the same direction saves you the problem of line twisting.

* Hold the line with one hand’s thumb and index finger and use another one to hold the reel. Start rotating the reel and slowly spool the line. Rotate several times. After you have wrapped a good amount of line onto the spool.

* Now put the spool on a surface so that the label faces upward. Hold the line with two fingers and slowly reel onto the spinning reel’s spool. While loading the line, keep a light pressure on the line with finger grip. So that the line doesn’t get loose. Also check it by letting the line go slack. If the line gets twisted, spool from the beginning carefully.

* Don’t fill the whole spool. Keep an empty space of about 1/8th of an inch.

* Close the bail.

3. Open the ball again. Now take the line to the tip top and carefully through all the guides. Now tie a knot in the line’s end and tie it with a lure.

4. Adjust the drag moving the knob clockwise or anticlockwise.

By following these four steps, your spinning reel and rod set up will be accomplished.