How to Set up a Fishing Pole

No matter how fun you think fishing is, there are some fundamental skills you need to master before getting started. For instance, the first basic technique is how to set up a fishing pole. The process of setting up a fishing pole may sound tedious. But it’s the basic to effective fishing. No matter where you want to go fishing or what species you want to fish for. The first step is always setting up the fishing pole.

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1. Introduction

A fishing pole is the most basic tool to participate in fishing. When you get a new fishing pole, the first step is to set it up and get everything prepared. To get all the things done, the must have materials are fishing pole, fishing line, fishing reel and fishing lure. With all these things set up, you can go on your fishing trip any time. Setting up the fishing pole is a prep job before catching fish.

2. How to choose the fishing pole

To go fishing, you will have to get a fishing pole, the tool people use to catch fish. There are multiple fishing poles on the market. Some are designed for specific type of fishing. For example, ice fishing rods are designed for ice fishing, fly fishing rods are designed for fly fishing, and surf rods are designed for sea fishing.

Knowing what you are looking for is the key to choose the right fishing pole. Generally speaking, the fishing poles that commonly used for lure fishing are spinning fishing rods and casting fishing rods. These are much recommended for not only novice freshmen but also experienced anglers. And if you are looking for an appropriate length, 6 to 8 feet range is the most recommended.

In addition, when choosing the fishing pole, you should know some basic knowledge, like rod power, rod action and rod material. This helps you to choose the best suited fishing pole.

3. Fishing line

Fishing line is an essential part of catching fish. It always comes in different materials, and some of them are recommended for specific types of fishing reel. There are these 5 fishing lines we can see most on the market, monofilament fishing line, braided fishing line, fluorocarbon fishing line, wire fishing line and fly fishing line.

The most frequently used fishing lines are monofilament fishing line and braided fishing line. Monofilament fishing line is the most popular fishing line used on both spinning reel and bait casting reel. It is the most affordable fishing line with high performance, very smooth and easy to make knots with. Braided fishing line is much stronger than monofilament line, it is famous for landing big fish, more expensive than monofilament fishing line. It is often used during saltwater fishing. Fly fishing line is light, especially designed for fly fishing.

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4. How to assemble the rod and reel

To assemble the rod and reel is not as difficult as you think it is. It just needs a little patience. Fist, take your fishing pole out and wipe it with a piece of cloth. Then connect the fishing reel to the pole by inserting it into the reel seat that comes with the pole. Rotate the handle clockwise which is at the end of the reel seat to make the pieces tight, but not over tight; as your fishing pole would

5. Jointing the Rod

Fishing pole always comes in 2 or more sections. The left to do is to joint all the sections together. Before that, make sure you have all the sections on the table. Joint the top of the pole by sliding or screwing it in place if your fishing pole comes in 2 pieces and make sure the line guides are all in line with the fishing reel, so you can thread the fishing line easily.

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6. Thread the fishing line and attach the lure

Thread the end of your fishing line from the very top of the pole, through all the guides on the pole all the way down to the fishing reel. Wrap the line twice on the reel and fasten a few knots to secure the fishing line. Open the wire arm of the fishing line and start rotating the handle of the reel to wire the line on the spool. Close the wire arm by flipping it down when the left line is about the same length from the top to your reel, 1-2feet length is recommended.

Attach the lure by threading the fishing line through the lure back and forth several times, and then make some knots to secure it. Trim the over excess line and it’s done.

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7. Tips and tricks

After reading through this article, we are sure you have mastered the steps and skills of setting up a fishing pole. But there are some tips to keep in mind.

When choosing a fishing pole, always know what species you want to catch, this decides what type of fishing pole you want to go with. And if you are not sure about the length, always get a medium length which is the friendliest one for beginners.

The weight of fishing line determines what fish you can catch. Usually, light fishing line is used to catch relatively small fish and vice versa. Get the right construction helps you catch more fish.

Do not miss any guides when threading the fishing line on to you fishing pole, it would directly lead to failed cast if there is any missing guide.