How to Set up a Spincast Reel for Trout Fishing


If you want to learn how to choose the right spincast reel, you should definitely have a look at our recent post. In that article, you will find our top choices as well as plenty of interesting information about spincasting and the different types of reels. Like most products, spincast reels have their own advantages and disadvantages.

That is why it is always good to be well-informed before making your final decision, and in that post, we have managed to gather all the characteristics that a good product should have. The nice part about spincasting reels is that they can be used in both salt and freshwater, but many people want to learn more about how to set them up for trout fishing.

Getting started

Many people consider fishing for trout quite troublesome and the part that most individuals find complicated is the setting up of the fishing rigs and lines. For those people who don’t take fishing very seriously and they only do it occasionally for recreational purposes, this task can prove to be challenging and might make them ask themselves if it is actually worth the trouble.

Besides requiring plenty of attention, skills, and knowledge, gathering all the equipment and putting all the pieces together also implies a lot of patience. However, it is up to us to decide if we want to make things a little easier or if we want to complicate them even more. There is a wide selection of fishing lines and rigs available on the market.

Anyhow, this doesn’t mean that you need to know everything about each of them in order to enjoy good results. Since you are doing this just for fun, spincast reels will help you keep things simple and just enjoy some quality time bonding with nature. In this case, the internet is of great help, especially this article, as you will be able to learn everything you need to know.

Let’s first learn a few things about trout in order to be prepared for everything and to understand more in terms of what their catching involves. The term trout is used to define a variety of freshwater species that are closely related to the Salmon family. Also, each trout is different and they can live in various places which means that they can be found pretty much everywhere.

While some variations of trout such as the lake trout live in freshwater lakes and rivers, others can switch from living in the sea to living in freshwater, and here we can mention the rainbow trout. Trout not only live in different places, but they also look different! This is due to their specific habitat and environment as they will adapt to the place they live in.

This means that it is common to see certain fish that have different colors and patterns but are considered to be part of the same species named trout. In the wild, fish need to protect themselves against predators, and that is why they will need to camouflage which means they will change their appearance according to the environment they live in.


Setting up the spincast reel

Anglers often seek four major species of trout: the Brook trout, the Cutthroat trout, the Rainbow, and the Brown trout. So, if you are ready to go catch them, you will need to follow some steps in order to enjoy a fun and fulfilling day. First, you will need to set the rig - the term refers to all the equipment and the arrangement of things that are usually used for fishing.

Some people prefer to attach the rig to a rod, while others feel more comfortable to carry all their equipment by hand or on a boat. First and foremost you need to have your fishing rod and reel ready - here we refer to the spincast reel that you already have. After that, you have to make sure that the fishing line is neat and it is well set up for trout fishing.

If you don’t have the line and you need to buy a new one, you will have to spool it in the fishing reel. It is very important that the line is properly set up without any tangles or flaws that might compromise your fishing experience. That is why you need to be patient and to do all these steps with increased attention as you want to avoid unwanted situations.

You also need a set of hooks that are suitable for trout fishing - it is recommended to use those ones that are sizes 4-12. Also, a bobber that is big enough will also contribute to a nice and fun trout adventure. When we are talking about sinkers, you need to know that they must be light enough because you don’t want the bobber to be dragged down when they are attached to it.

Choosing the right bait is also super important, and in this situation, you can opt for freshly picked worms as they will manage to attract plenty of trout species. Also, you can even use Berkley trout worms or crickets.

How to re-spool a spincast reel

The first thing you need to do is to check the line capacity of the reel in order to make sure that you are doing everything correctly. After you have completed step number one, you can go to step number two which is to remove the front cone of the reel and just take all the remaining line off of your reel in order to make room for the new one.

Now you are ready to take that new line and run it through the front cone of the reel and then just tie a knot. You need to tie it with a simple overhand knot and then it just needs to be wrapped around the reel. After that, you will have to tie another overhand knot and the key here is to make sure that the first knot that was tied will stay outside of your second one.

Also, you need to ensure that the line is perfectly around the spool because you don’t want to create unwanted situations. If you keep things simple, you don’t rush, and you follow all the instructions, your success is guaranteed. Once you have fixed the line around the spool, you are now ready to tighten the second knot very well.

Make sure that you pull on the main line which will make the second knot tighten down and your first knot will slide right underneath your spool and snug up to the line. After you have attached the line to the reel, you can go ahead and put it back on your front cone. When you do this, you need to remember that it is extremely important to keep the line tight.

Now you are ready to spool! It is imperative that you continually apply pressure to the reel and you can begin winding it right on. You can always remove the front cone to check how much line is on the reel to make sure that you have about a ⅛ inch of the inside of the reel still showing. You just need to tie on your favorite lure and you are ready to go!


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