How to Assemble a Spinning Reel and Rod

Posted by nick under Fishing Beginners Guide


STEP 1: Assemble the rod sections

If your rod is a one piece, move on to step two. Putting the rod sections together properly, extends the life of your rod.

  1. Inspect the both ferrules for dirt and debris that might scratch your rod blank and weaken it. Keep those ferrules clean. Use a cotton swab to clean out the female ferrule if you see dirt.

    fishing rod ferrules


  2. Bring the ferrules together at a 45° angle, push them together while twisting to align the guides. *Do not push or pull by the guides, you will weaken or break them.

    assemble fishing rod step 1

    assembling fishing rod step 2

    assembling fishing rod step 3

STEP 2: Attach the reel



  1. Place the foot of the reel in the reel seat.
  2. Secure the reel seat hood over the foot, by screwing the hood up or down. *Do not over tighten, you could crack the reel seat.

    reel seat hood

STEP 3: Thread the line under the line roller and through ALL the guides.

One of the most common mistakes beginners make is forgetting a guide. Begin with the butt guide and end with the tip top. Double check you got every guide.

fishing reel line roller

STEP 4: Tie on your hook, lure, or practice plug

If you don’t know what knot to use, let me introduce you to the improved clinch knot.

spinner lure

All done. The only thing to do now is set the drag properly and you are ready to cast.


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