How to Set Up Fishing Poles in just 7 Easy Steps – Informational Guide


There are plenty of ways in setting up a fishing pole depending on the fish you’re catching, where you are fishing and the techniques you’ll use in deploying.

You should have setup with your rod and reel that would match your fishing presentation.

For instance, walleye fishermen use a setup with a slip sinker, slip bobber, trolling and jigging combination with their rod and reel.

In short, you need to follow the appropriate and proper way in setting up a particular pole, so that your rod will not just be sturdy but also lure effectively.

Now we get to the most exciting part! Drum roll please. . . We now present to you the step by step guide on setting up a fishing pole in just 7 easy steps!


What You Will Need

Before gathering all your needed equipment, you must bear in mind and take into consideration what kind of fish you plan to catch and what type of fishing you’ll venture into.

For example, are you going to fish into freshwater or saltwater For it will be going to be the basis in choosing the right equipment because freshwater equipment is different from that of saltwater.

If you’re unsure yet, ask an employee from your local fishing store or someone from the fishing department for assistance and guidance in choosing the appropriate fishing gear for you to use.

1. Fishing Rod

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The fishing pole is a complex piece of work at first but you’ll get the hang of it by first learning the parts. You must learn all the terminologies and techniques before assembling on your own.

2. Fishing Reel

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Lastly, we have the Reel. The reel is the cylindrical device attached to the fishing pole used to pull in your catch.

There are plenty of different kinds of fishing reels available in the market today to choose from. It’s up to you what to use, depending on your fishing style and set-up.

3. Fishing Line

The fishing line is considered to be the most important fishing equipment for anglers for it creates a direct connection between the fisherman and the fish.

Using the appropriate line when fishing is the key for a great and successful catch, yet plenty of fishermen are not aware of these.

Many modern fishing lines available today are made up of artificial materials including polyethylene, spectra, dacron, dyneema, lead, polyvinyl chloride, wire and nylon, each having unique uses and special qualities.

4. Baits/Lures/Hooks

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There are plenty of baits and lures to choose from, each of which has a corresponding hook to match. Depending on your target fish to catch, it’s up to you what to choose and prefer to put in your set up.

5. Scissors

There’s no need to research about this, any kind of scissors will do, as long as it can cut those excess fishing lines perfectly.


How to Set Up Fishing Poles in just 7 Easy Steps

1Check Quality of Fishing Equipment

Before even starting to set up your fishing pole, you must first ensure that the fishing gears and equipment you have are in good shape, free from scratches, tears and any kind of damage.

You can do this by making sure that the items you purchase are of high quality, made of strong materials for durability.

This can help your fishing pole withstand any wear and tear and even last longer in your every fishing trip.

2Start Assembling the Fishing Pole

The first thing to do is to start assembling your fishing pole. You might get a rod that breaks apart by two and the joint where the section fits together are called the ferrules.

There are two of them namely the male ferrule and the female. The male ferrule is the top section while the female ferrule is the bottom section.

Carefully assemble the ferrules in a flat surface and slowly insert the male ferrule securely into the female and make sure that they are aligned perfectly.

If your rod is not perfectly aligned and coming together, you should stop immediately. Read again and look at the instructions.

Maybe there’s a locking mechanism of any sort you’ve missed to take account. Don’t force the rod together if it won’t, or else you risk damaging it permanently.

3Attach the Reel

The bottom section of the rod has an opening for the reel to be set in. You must first loosen the reel seat on your fishing rod, big enough for your reel foot to fit in.

Once it’s set, slowly tighten the reel seat. One thing to remember is not to tighten the reel too much when attaching. It may damage the reel in the process.

4Spooling the Reel

  • First, you must open the bail arm.
  • Slowly place the fishing line around the reel and tie a knot. The arbor knot is the appropriate knot for this job as it secures your line to the reel.
  • Carefully tighten it to the reel and clip tag ends if necessary.
  • Then close back the bail.
  • After that, you should tightly hold your fishing line a foot away from the reel to prevent it from being tangled.
  • Lastly, turn the reel until the desired amount of line is on the reel. Watch out for Line Capacity, some reels have them, telling you the maximum amount of line for the reel.

Remember that threading the reel to the right can tighten it and threading it to the left can also loosen it.

5String in the Rod

First, grab the tip of your line with one hand and then open the bail arm with your other hand. Then slowly thread the line through the rod guides.

After successfully treading the line. You lock the thread with the locking mechanism located on the reel.

6Choose a Bait or Lure

There are plenty of baits or lures to choose from depending on where you’re fishing and what kind of fish you’re catching and type of fishing activity you’ll get into.

Color of the lure may vary depending on water clarity and weather. It has been a general rule of thumb to anglers that lighter-colored lures work best in clear water and bright days.

Meanwhile, fluorescent covered and dark-colored lures are favored in stained or murky waters and cloudy days.

7Attaching the Bait

After choosing what bait you want. Attach it by using a knot.

The best knot to use for lures is the Rapala knot for it creates a non-slip loop at the end of the line, allowing the lure to move freely and naturally.



There you go, folks! Just by following these 7 easy steps and you’ll be a pro in setting up that trusty fishing pole.

If you find these step by step guide helpful and informative, please do share it to other aspiring anglers out there to help them set up their fishing pole properly with less hassle.

Any concerns, questions or reactions regarding the topic please do feel free to hit the comment section below.

John Morris

Hi, I?m John Morris. I?m an avid outdoorsman and fisherman, blessed with an awesome wife and 2 kids. Fishing is not my passion, it is my lifestyle. I fished before I knew how to walk! I?m obsessed with all things related to fishing, even the fishy smell. I?m always willing to extend a hand to novice anglers looking for fishing tips and tricks thus I created this blog. This blog is a collection of my experiences, knowledge, and also research from other blogs.

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