How To Set Up A Fishing Pole? – Guide

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If you are starting your fishing journey and are not sure how to set up even a fishing pole, you are in good hands.

We will give a step-by-step tutorial on how to set up a fishing pole.


The fishing pole is made up of two essential parts: the fishing rod and the fishing reel. When you buy your first fishing pole, always check if it comes with a fishing reel. Sometimes, the reel doesn’t come with the rod, and you have to buy it separately.

Some fishing rods can break down into multiple parts ranging from 2 to 4 pieces. The smaller sections are called ferrules. These types of rods are elementary to transport and are compact compared to full-sized fishing rods.

At the base of the rod is the handle. Most handles are made of cork grip while others are made of rubber. The handle is where you hold the rod.

The thickest part of the rod is called the butt while the opposite end of the rod is called the tip.

There are guide rings along the rods to guide your fishing line.

Lastly, the reel seat is where you place the fishing reel.

Clean the Pieces First

You should always remember to clean the parts first before assembling them. Remove any dirt or debris to prevent wear and tear and any unnecessary damage to the components.

You can use cotton or a soft cloth to clean the surface. Cleaning the parts will make them last longer.

Assemble all the Rod Parts

Once you are done cleaning the parts, it is time to put them all together.

If you have a multi-piece rod, align the ferrules together. Start with the thickest one and work your way up to the tip. Most of the modern rods have alignment dots to help you with assembly.

Most rods require you to twist the ferrules into place. Make sure to do that, and you should hear a click sound to signify that it is securely into place.

Attach the Reel to the Rod

The next step is to place the reel in the real seat of the rod. You should be able to find the reel seat near the butt end of the rod. Insert the fishing reel there and make sure it is secure.

Do not over tighten the reel to the reel seat as it may damage both components. To make sure, rotating clockwise will tighten the reel while turning counter-clockwise will loosen it.

Thread the Line into the Rod

There is an overhead piece on the reel, the bale arm, that keeps the line secure. Lift the bale arm up, and you should be able to pull the end of the line, and the reel will unravel it.

Make sure to lift the bale arm carefully. If you feel any resistance when lifting it, make sure you are doing to right. You should never have to apply intense pressure to raise it.

You should also check if the reel spins the same direction as spool line. Make sure they do because if they aren’t, it will cause a lot of knots and twists.

Insert the fishing line through the line guides on the rod. Most rods have four to five eyelets with which you can pass the line through. Place the fishing line inside the nearest eyelet from the reel then work your way towards the eyelet near the tip.

When you are done, close the bale arm to secure the line. Check to see if the line is secured by gently pulling on it while the bale arm is locked. If the line doesn’t move, you should be good to go.

Choose the Right Lure

The last step is choosing the right lure. There are many factors to check when selecting the best lure to take with you.

Pay attention to the weather. The color of the lure depends on the weather. Silver lures are best when it is sunny. Use a gold bait during cloudy days.

The type of lure is also essential. The best lure type depends on what kind of fish you are aiming for.

The jig type lure is best used in freshwater. It uses a metal head and feathers to attract fish. For drawing fish that target small fish, use a spoon lure.

If you don’t want to bother bringing different types of lures, try a spinner as it is an all-purpose lure.

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