Assembling Rod and Reel

A Guide for Beginners

This article guides you on how to assemble rod and reel in a perfect way before you begin angling. It takes you through every step from setting up rod, setting up reel, threading the line and attaching the bait. Although assembling rod and reel may be more complicated than you would think but the excitement and sense of fulfillment of catching a fish makes it worth trying. The most important step to begin with is setting up a fishing pole. Irrespective of the type of fish you are going after, you must make sure that your fishing pole is sturdy, and lure effective.

Terminologies Used for Assembling Equipment

Before we talk about assembling steps of rod and reel, we need to be aware of terminologies used for the equipment.

Following are commonly used technologies and their brief description:


The rod and reel are not available in a single piece normally rather the are fit together. The joint where sections of rod are fit together are known as ferrule. There is a male ferrule and there is a female ferrule which are fit together.


It is the part of the rod where you hold or grip the rod. It is normally padded with rubber in order to help you enhance your grip. It is a very important part of rod as it helps you to hold on to rod even if large force is being applied by the fish.

Tip and Butt

Tip is located at the top of the rod and it is most flexible part of the rod where butt is normally the thickest part of the rod which is near the handle.


Guides are the circular rings mostly metallic which normally run along the rod and they are used to guide fishing line.

Bale Arm

It is a metallic normally silver piece which is attached on the reel at overhead position. It is normally flexible and can be pushed to the other side by applying small amount of pressure.

Setting Up Rod

In order to setup your rod to catch fish for first time, you must follow the steps given below:

Cleaning the Rod

The rod should be free from dust or debris otherwise it can scratch your skin, or it may cause discomfort. You may use normal cleaning cloth or cotton swab for this purpose. You must also clean the ferrule as dust and dirt ruins the joints of the rod.

Attaching Rod Pieces

First, you must align the pieces of rod together and then attach male and female ferrule. Anchor the male and female modules firmly so that there are no loose parts which may damage your rod during angling. Follow the instructions manual available with the rod and lock the parts accordingly.

Attach the Reel

There is normally a female opening at the bottom of the rod. You can fix your reel by inserting it in the opening in the rod. Be careful when attaching the reel to the rod. If you push the reel too hard, it will crack your rod. Also, try to do threading in the right direction and keep the parts aligned when carrying out threading. If you try to do threading without properly aligning the parts, it may break the threads.

Pushing the Bale Arm to Pull thread

You must push the bale arm to the other side before you pull the thread out of reel. You must be very careful while doing this. Push the bale arm in the right direction as pushing it in the wrong direction might break it. While pulling the thread, be very careful of knots and twists.

Threading Line Through the Guides

Next, you should thread the line through each of the guide starting from the guide nearest to the reel to the guide nearest to the tip.

Flip the Bale Arm to Initial Position

Now you should flip the bale arm opposite to the direction you did for the first time. You can also test if it is closed by pulling the line as it restricts the line from coming out.

Attach the Bait / Lure to Line

Final and most important part of setting up Rod and Reel is attaching the bait and fastening of know. First of all, you should choose a bait according to type of water, type of fish and weather conditions. Normally baits have pointed hooks to capture the fish. They also have hooks for attaching reels. You must thread the line through bait hook and tie the knot may be more than one times to make it strong enough so that it can bear the wait of prey.

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