How to Set Up Fishing Rod | Assembling the Fishing Pole

Learning how to set up a fishing rod is as important as learning any skill for a business plan. The rod assembly comprises well-set-up reels, double-checks line flow, and further involves choosing and attaching the lure. Therefore, it gives you confidence in your gear and enables you to have an error-free fishing trip with fun and success.  

How to Set Up Fishing Rod

While a rod setup blesses you with so many perks, it requires to be done correctly and that’s what this article will help you in. It’ll guide you from the very start about choosing the materials you’ll need to the very end where you’ll also get to know about attaching and choosing your lure so you can just instantly start fishing. Though, we haven’t worked on providing you with all those bits and pieces only, but also made it very easier that even a beginner can do this job with the least possible error. 

How to assemble a fishing a rod: 

To set up a fishing rod, you will assemble all the parts of the rod, then connect it to the reel, and spool the line through the guides. Lastly, you’ll attach the lure that you’ll be using with it. We know that assembling the rod parts, connecting the reel, and so on, is way harder than it just sound, so let’s make things easier for you! 

Getting everything altogether:

Imagine you are in the middle of setting up the rod, and you miss out on an ingredient. Let’s suppose line, scissor, or the lure, for example. So, in order to make things done finely and easily, you’ll have to put everything right on the table. The rod setup essentials include;

  • Fishing rod: fishing rods are of many types and the setting up of a process for all of them is pretty much the same so it doesn’t matter whether you are using baitcasting, spinning, or a telescopic rod. You’ll just need to use it the right way for the reel attachment.
  • Fishing reel: again, it can be of any type. However, make certain that you are using the right reel for the rod i.e spinning reel for spinning rod, baitcaster for baitcasting rod, etc.
  • Fishing line: though, we prefer a “spooled reel” with a fishing line so you’ll be using the line directly from the reel. If the reel is not spooled, then you first need to get a fishing line (mono, fluoro, or braided). Then spool it through the reel to make it ready to be reeled through the rod.
  • Lures: lures can be both artificial and natural but aside from that, they should be “effective” that complement your fishing gears and techniques.
  • Scissors: scissors are minor but very essential to have when you are involved with the reeling part. So make sure you have one pair
  • and you don’t have to run here and there in the middle of the process.
  • A cloth: a fiber cloth for cleaning purposes.

Alright, folks! Let’s begin the work!


cleaning the fishing rod

No Dexter, you can’t get away without cleaning. Puns aside, cleaning saves you a lot in the long run as it enhances the performance and durability of the rod. Surprisingly, you don’t need a lot of tools to do so, just get a simple soft cloth and wipe away all the dirt and dust.

In addition, the reel must be cleaned as well but the process is different and a bit lengthy. You can read our article on how to clean fishing reels for a detailed process if you previously have never cleaned one.

Assembling the rod:

This step is for those who have rods in pieces. Rods with more than one piece have ferrule so you have to connect these ferrules. Every rod has different settings for assembly so have to follow instructions as per the manufacturer’s guide. Be careful with screwing i.e too tight might damage it while too loose won’t hold the pieces together. However, if you have a one-piece rod, you can simply start the process by attaching the reel. 

Connecting the reel:

Look at the ending part or the bottom side of the rod and you’ll see the female opening. That’s where you’ll attach the reel. Hold the reel such that the reel foot faces the reel seat and place it there gently. Now tight up the screws so the reel sits firmly on the rod. Be careful, you don’t want to break the gears.

Connecting the reel

Reeling the line:

Now comes stringing the rod. Though, if you have the baitcaster you can directly start threading the line from the closest eyelets to the ending one and left a few inches of the line so you can tie the lure. 

In the case of a spinning reel, you’ll first open the bail arm and make sure the spool unwinds in the right direction as the reel rotates. This will make sure that the line is spooled smoothly. Mow you can thread the same way as with the baitcaster. Just when you’re done with threading, close the bale. Don’t forget to reel the line and check the spool direction prior and make sure the spool still rotates in the same direction as the reel. 

Attaching the lure:

Attaching the lure

This step is often done when casting the rod but since you need to set everything up, it’s better if you attach the lure beforehand in order to avoid extra work on the water. So what we gonna do is to tie the lure but that’s not a simple “tie”.

Initially, practice tying knots with colorful lines or shoelaces, strings, etc, and then apply the techniques here. You’ll need to knot it tightly and make several shuffles so they don’t come off from the lure.

Though, if haven’t chosen what type of lure to go with, you can simply go with these suggestions.

  • For sunny days, choose lures in silver color and golden for cloudy days.
  • A spinner is a good choice for attracting sharp-minded fish.
  • Freshwater fishing will have jigs to be successful.
  • Don’t choose moving lures in clear and stagnant water.
  • Spoon works best for fish who eat other small fish.

You can also pick other types of baits/lures as to what suits you the best and your fishing conditions as well as techniques.

That’s a wrap: 

Congratulations! You have successfully learned how to set up a fishing rod. Now you can head out to hit the waters! Though the first rod you’ll set up could be hard as well as adventurous but with time and practice, you’ll definitely master it. Also, you can reach out to us through the comment section if you have any further queries and/or is confused about any of the step mentioned. Thank you for stopping by!

Clinton Shannon

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