How to Set up a Fishing Pole: What You Need to Know

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Do you want to go fishing, but don’t know how to set up a fishing pole? If so, we have created a simple 6-step instructional guide on how to set up a fishing pole. Just follow these instructions, and you’ll be fishing in no time!

Steps at a Glance:

  1. Join the two parts of the pole together
  2. Attach the reel
  3. Thread the line
  4. Attach hook
  5. Attach weight
  6. Get to fishing!

What you’ll need:

  • Rod pieces
  • Fishing line
  • Hook
  • Weights
  • Scissors


Here are the steps to setting up your fishing pole:

1. Join the two parts of the pole together

The first step of setting up your fishing pole is to bring the two parts of the pole together. Simply hold the top section in one hand and hold the bottom section in the other hand. Slide the top part of the pole into the bottom piece of the pole.

You can tell which piece is the bottom by its size and features. The bottom section is slightly thicker than the top, and it has a handle on it.

After you join the pieces together, make sure that the top piece fits snuggly into the bottom piece. Then, make sure the guides are aligned down the pole perfectly. If the guides are not in a line, twist the top piece until the guides are in order.

2. Attach the reel

Once the pole parts are perfectly aligned, you will need to attach the reel. At the bottom of the fishing rod, there will be a reel seat. This seat will be placed right above the pole’s handle.

Simply attach the reel to the reel seat. Screw it down until the reel is firmly in place. The reel should not wiggle around in the reel seat.

3. Thread the line

After the reel is attached to the reel seat, you can thread the line throughout the pole. The line should already be on the reel.

To thread the line, bring the line through the reel’s roller and feed it through the guide holes. While doing this, you will want your drag to be loose. This will help to prevent tangles.

Bring the thread all the way through. You should have a substantial amount of excess thread hanging out the top of the top guide hole. The excess thread will allow you to feed the hook and tackle comfortably.

4. Attach hook

To attach the hook, thread the line through the eye of the hook. This step might take you a couple of seconds to get the line through. Pull the line through the eye and bring it back on itself. The line should form a V shape with the hook at the tip of the V. You will want about 6 inches of line threaded through the eye.

Hold the hook between your index finger and thumb and hold the end of the thread with your other hand. Wrap the end of the thread three times around your thumb and hook. Remove your thumb from the three loops but hold them so that they retain their shape.

Feed the end of the line through the three loops and pull it in the direction of the main line until there is a knot. Then, pull the main line so that the knot rests on top of the hook’s eye. Remove excess line with your scissors or knife.

This knot is one of the simplest knots for fishing, but it is one of the strongest too. If you only learn one knot, it should be this one. If interest, feel free to look up other fishing knots to try out.

5. Attach weight

After your hook is firmly attached, go around 6 to 18 inches above the hook on the mainline. At that point, attach the weights. The easiest weights to attach are the split shot weights, which clamp around the line.

You can attach as much or as little weight as you want. You determine how much additional weight you should add based on the following things:

  • Desired bait
  • Casting length
  • Security to the bottom of the body of water

6. Get to fishing!

Once your weight is properly attached, your fishing pole is all set up. All that you have to do now is attach bait and head out to the water!

Here are some factors you’ll want to consider when fishing:


Here are some tips for setting up your fishing pole:

  • If your pole is dusty or dirty, you will want to clean it off before setting it up. Cleaning the pole beforehand will protect the pole from any scratches or damage. Pay careful attention to the reel seat because debris on the seat can affect how well the reel attaches.
  • Make sure that your pole sits comfortably in your hand. Most pole sets are designed for both right- and left-handed people. Adjust or turn the handle so that it is adapted to your preferred hand.
  • Pay attention to the direction of the spool. The pool’s direction determines which direction the line will be spooled in. You want the line spool and the reel spool to turn in the same direction.
  • If the water is muddy or cloudy, you will want to add a lure that causes a lot of motion. A lure that moves will cause vibrations in the water which the fish can feel in the case that they can’t see through the mud.


Learning how to set up a fishing pole does not have to be difficult. With the help of our 6-stepped instructional guide, you will be out fishing in no time!