If you are about to head out with your co-workers, friends, or family, but you have no experience in the art of establishing a fishing rod, then you may need assistance.
Before heading out on the water, there are a couple of steps you should know to avoid fumbling around in front of your fellow anglers as you try to figure out how you can set the pole.
Below is a step by step guide on how to set up a fishing pole.
Be Familiar with the different parts
Before you begin setting up anything, you have to be well conversant with what you are handling. Know the different aspects of the fishing rod, with their names on your fingertips. That will make the whole procedure more comfortable.
This region is near the bottom part of the rod. It is also known as the grip because it mostly has a soft grip coated with rubber around that part to make it more comfortable while you use it.
The butt is the lower part of the fishing rod where there’s a large, usually round, section. Its importance is to stop your hand from losing hold of the rod if a big fish pulls hard enough to haul it from your grip.
The Tip and Guides
The tip refers to the top section of the rod, where it is the most flexible. It enables the fishing pole to bend. The guides are the rings you can see along the rod’s tip that orients your fishing line.
The ferrule is the area where the two parts of the rod fit together. There are two ferrules on each rod. The larger piece is the male ferrule, ad it positions directly into the female ferrule.
It is the mechanism that rotates the fishing line to project or bringing it in.
This piece you can attach at the end of the line. It functions as an artificial bait to aid in attracting fish to the fishing line.
Wipe it Down Thoroughly.
Whether you have invested in a new fishing rod for future fishing trips or just rented it for a day, you will want to ensure the rod is clean first before you use it. Dust, dirt, and small particles that settle on the rod can damage it by scratching its surface.
Wipe down the rod using a clean and dry cloth. That will help you remove particles so you won’t damage them. Besides, thoroughly clean the ferrule. You can use the clothing, but you will have to use a Q-tip or cotton ball to get deeper.
Read also: How to Use a Spinning Reel
Assemble the Pieces
1- Connect the Rod Pieces
To start assembling your fishing rod, you will need to lay the two pieces on a desk or table and identify the male and female. Is that difficult? No.
You check and quickly tell by their difference in size because the male is larger. Therefore, take the two pieces and place the male ferrule over the smaller female ferrule.
Most rods lock by rotating the pieces until you see they are firm.
2- Attach the Fishing Reel
Attach the reel to the rod near the opening called the reel seat. This section follows a flat plastic piece to slide under two marginally gaps. Additionally, there’s a ring about the bottom space to tighten it. Also, the reels have an arm-like part with an attached flat intersecting piece. The flat portion is what connects to the reel seat.
Lay the pole flat on a desk, move the top part of the flat piece of the reel below the opening on the top part of the rod. That enables you to move the flat piece up and below the section’s opening; thus, the rod loosely holds it.
There is a ring on the bottom section, which rotates when you turn it. This piece should drift up and over the bottom part near the lower opening. Turn the ring around the threaded part till it is firm and no longer moving.
3- Unwind the Thread
Now, you need to lift the bale-arm or the metal arch on the top of the reel, flip it until it turns to the other side of the reel, and you can outreach the line of thread. Get the end of the thread and start to unwind it. One thing you’ll note; the spool unwinds following the direction the reel spins.
4- Thread the Line
Once you get the thread and unwound the spool slightly, start threading the line vie the guides on the road. Remember, the spaced rings aligned along the rod are the ones called line guides. Start with the one next to the reel, then gradually work your way to the tip. Leave an extra line at the end for your lure.
Note: Be careful. Do not unwind your thread too fast because it can make your line tangle.
Work slowly to ensure there are no knots.
5- Close the Bale Arm
The moment you have threaded the line to your tip’s guide, go to the reel and close the bale arm. That means you have to draw the metal arch back to its original position. Once you complete the component, you can pull gently to make sure that no more of the fish line comes
6- Attach Your Lure
Choosing a lure depends on various factors. Nevertheless, for a start, you can use a spinner. This lure works for multiple fish in different areas. It has a piece of metal that spins due to the moving water and waves.
To attach your lure, find its end piece with a small ring, then thread the line vie the ring and wind the remaining part of the line back around itself. It should look like a twist-tie.
Wind the line around more at least five times. Next, take the line’s free end and pass it through the first loop on the fishing line close to the ring. Finally, pull both ends of the fishing line simultaneously to tighten a knot.
Well, with the simple steps we have discussed above, you can now comfortably set up your fishing pole and have fun regardless of how inexperienced you are. One thing to consider is the type of target fish as they affect the kind of equipment you will use for successful fishing activity.