How To String A Closed Face Fishing Pole? 7 Ways to Learn Can Make You Invincible

How to string a closed face fishing pole

Fishing is a popular outdoor activity since forever. Humen started fishing in ancient times for the need of food. No matter whether you do fishing for professional purposes or it is just a hobby. It is super fun when you get a hold of it.

I think I have got the hobby of fishing from my father. We used to go fishing every weekend at the lake near my house. I used to only help him in putting his catch in the cooler bag. It is not until recently that I have started fishing on my own.

Have you also just started fishing? If so, you have to learn how to string a closed-face fishing pole. But before that, you should know about all the fishing lines, reels, and poles. Read till the end to learn how to string a closed-face fishing pole.

closed face fishing pole

Fishing has come a long way. There is a lot of new equipment to make the job easy now. But not knowing how to use them can make the work more complicated. Here, I will give you some information on different fishing lines and reels.

I will also teach you some common fishing suggestions and tips to properly store and care for fishing lines.

Table of Contents

3 types of fishing lines:

A fishing line is a cord or a wire used for angling. Basically, it is the thin wire that you see in the fishing rods. I will discuss three types of them suitable for different types of fishing. Different rodes also require unique lines.

Braided fishing lines:

You can tell from the name how it looks. It is weaved with different types of fibers. It is used since ancient times. However, it is not as thick as it used to be. Due to the new technologies, braided lines are now slimmer and a lot less apparent underneath the water.

Storage: You can keep them on the spool as it is and use a rubber band to keep them in place. You can later store it in a box. Label and keep them in a cool or dry place. Use regular dishwashing liquid for cleaning.

Monofilament fishing lines:

Unlike the braided fishing lines, monofilament lines are made of a single fiber of plastic. So it is naturally a lot thinner than the braided ones. It is nearly invisible to the fishes. So it makes fishing pretty easy.

One of its cons is its memory. It means the tendency of the lines to adapt to the shape it is in. That is, mono fishing lines become round or curvy when they are stored in the reel. For this reason, they are also more stretchable.

Storage: The same as Braided fishing lines.

Fluorocarbon fishing lines:

They are comparatively new to the line. They are made of fluoropolymer. It is less visible in the water due to its excellent refractive index (similar to water). It is a bit denser than Monofilament lines.

It is used to keep the bait closest to the bottom without using any sinker. It is mostly recommended for baitcasting reels.

Storage: They require extra care. Fluorocarbon fishing lines must be washed and stored with a special lubricant. It needs to be applied every time before use. Unlike the other fishing lines, they need to be stored in the reels. You can spray the lubricant on the line before fishing.


  • Do not knot dry lines. Make sure you wet your lines while tying and untying the knots.
  • Check your lines thoroughly every time before fishing. Cheap ones get damaged easily. So, check before using, or you might miss a big catch. 
  • Do not store the lines too tightly, especially the monofilament ones.
  • Learn some common and popular fishing knots.

Types of stringing reels

The types of stringing reel you choose should depend on your fishing style. The right line is also needed for the reel you choose.

Spincast reel:

This is also called the closed face reel. This is the most basic stringing reel so far. It used to be popular when it first came out. Now its popularity is fading.

However, it is still popular among the newbies and anglers who do not want to spend much. 

The important components of the reel are covered with a metal nose cone. Casting is the easiest with this reel. It functions with a single button.

Spinning reel:

Currently, it is the most popular one in the market. It is a bit complicated but still widely used by beginners as well. It is a lot more efficient and durable.

Spinning reels can get a bit tough to use for the first time. But with time, it gets easier. Many regular anglers cannot think of fishing without spinning reels.

The design of the spinning reel is the opposite of the Spincast ones. It has an open design. It comes with a metal bail and has a drag adjustment on the top.

Baitcasting reel:

It is the boss of fishing reels used by experienced and professional anglers. It has many moving parts with a learning curve. They provide ultimate precision and accuracy. It has a semi-enclosed design. It comes with a braking system.

This reel is mainly used for catching large fish. For it has the highest pulling power. Anglers can manually control the line in this reel. So, it allows us to decide when to stop. It is the most expensive reel ranging from a hundred to five hundred dollars. 

How to string a closed face fishing pole:

  • First of all, check the capacity of your reel. It is usually printed on the reel. Also, make sure you are putting the appropriate line on the reels. I have already mentioned the most used lines above. 
  • Lay the rod flat and open the face or cover of the reel. Unscrew the head of the reel and take it off. Some Spincast reels might have a button to open. And some might have a pin and a notch. 
  • Remove any line remaining from the previous day before you spool. You can keep them as a backup.
  • Pass the new line through the tiny hole in the cover of the closed face of the reel.
  • Lift the bail arm of the reel before reaching the edge of the new line.
  • To attach the line to the reel, make an overhand or an arbor knot. There are some knots, like Uni and Palomar knot, that you should be able to make for fishing. 
  • Wrap the line around the reel. Now make another overhand knot or arbor knot. Make sure the first knot stays outside the second knot. 
  • Make sure the line is finely around the spoon, and then tighten the second knot up. Pull the mainline as it is going to tighten down. The first knot will slide right underneath and snug up to the line.
  • Clip off the extra line on the free end attaching the line.
  • Close the closed reel back. Make sure you hold the line tightly while putting the cover back. 
  • Now it is time to reel the new line in. This step is important to make sure that the line slides off the spool smoothly. Again hold the line tightly with one hand while reeling to provide enough tension. Make sure the line is tight or you will face casting problems. 
  • Remove the front covering to see how much you have reeled on. It is recommended to leave 1/8 inch of the lid. Do not put an excessive line on the reel. You should open the reel’s cover every 15-20 seconds to ensure the reel does not get overloaded with the line.

The closed face/ Spincast reels hold less line than the other types. But make sure that you do not accidentally tweak the lines when replacing it with a new one.

  • Put or screw the cover back on. Run the line through the guides on your rod, tie a lure, and you’re all set!

As you can see, it is pretty simple. Try a few times if you cannot get it right the first time. Follow all the steps carefully to string perfectly. 

Make sure you tie the knots properly. It is recommended to use overhand or arbor knots while stringing in Spincast reels and Albright knot in Fly reels.

Spincast or closed-face fishing reels are good for beginners. Though it is fastly losing its popularity for the modern reels, closed face reels are a great apparatus to string properly and take care of the lines as I have earlier.

Most importantly, they are super easy to use with their one-button operation. Casting with this reel is also super easy.

With all these advantages, you surely do not want to spoil your fishing for faulty line stringing.


You surely do not want to deal with a twisted and tangled line while fishing and miss a big catch, do you? That is why it is important to know how to string a closed face fishing pole to get a tangle-free fishing experience.

I have also mentioned the most common fishing lines to help you pick the right one for you. Monofilament lines are mostly used in Spincast reels. You can pick the right line for you according to your need. Follow all the storage tips correctly and enjoy fishing the most.

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