How to Set Up a Fishing Pole

You have recently picked up fishing as a hobby but still, find trouble connecting everything for a complete working pole. One of the things that make the best angler is how easy you can set up your fishing pole. The pole is what makes fishing great. Being a beginner in this sport requires you to familiarize yourself with its components. Otherwise, you will still be stuck figuring out how to do everything. 

Being a good angler goes along with knowing the basics in fishing, from the requirements to how to tie a knot or fix things. Do not let a broken or a loosely fitted fishing pole stop you from going fishing. In this guide, we show you how easily you can set up a fishing pole in just a minute.

How to Set Up a Fishing Pole

Familiarize yourself with the parts of the fishing rod

Understanding what you are working on is important to learn how to set it upright. It is very difficult to put together parts that you have no idea of their names. The names of the parts and their uses guide you into making the right thing. The parts that make up a finishing pole complete are;

Fishing line

A fishing line is kind of like a thread that gets attached to the fishing pole. It is the part that you get to cast when trying to catch a fish. Fishing lines get categorized into monofilaments, fluorocarbon, copolymer, or braided.

The reel

They get placed at the bottom of the fishing pole near the female ferrule. Reel seats secure the reel tightly onto the pole. It attaches to the handle of the pole, and there are several ways to install it.


These are artificial baits that are used in a tempting and tricking fish. They resemble live baits but are a little lighter. The fish gets attracted to them, and it is what leads the fish to get caught.

Bail arm

It controls your fishing activity. When it’s opened, it allows you to cast your pole, but it gets closed whenever you are fishing.

The ferrule

Ferrules can either be male or female, and they provide stability to the fishing pole. Ferrules are in the middle part of the pole. They connect the pieces of the fishing rods or poles. When attaching a rod, the female ferrule goes into the male ferrule.

The guides

The rings you see on your fishing pole are what you refer to as guides. As the name suggests, the guide on how to set the line. The guides run from the bottom to the top of the fishing pole.

These are the most important ones to guiding you on a successful setup of a fishing pole. Other parts not discussed above include a butter cap, butt guide, a grip, which is easy to understand. Here are a few steps on how you can set it up. 

How to Set Up a Fishing Pole

1. Assemble the materials needed

A complete fishing pole will have a rod, lure, and reel. Gather all these in place beforehand. Ensure you are fixing your pole on a clean surface by wiping all the materials with a dry paper cloth and set them aside. Have a guide standby if you can’t figure out the name of the part you are holding. 

2. Reassemble the pieces

A fishing pole has both the male and the female ferrule. Attach the male ferrule into the female ferrule and rotate the male to lock the fishing rod. As you are rotating, hold the female ferrule firmly.

3. Adding the reel

Locate the reel seat, an opening at the bottom part of the female ferrule. Pass the reel through it and then place the reel seat. Rotate clockwise until tight to make everything secured. If you don’t tighten it will loosely fit, and if you over-tighten it, you risk damaging the fishing rod.

4. Attaching the line

Lift the bale arm on top of the reel and gently turn it in the opposite direction. Take the edge of the thread and pull it. Depending on the type of fishing rod you own, you will need to pass through the thread through all the eyelets on it. Thread from the bottom until all the holes are done and only stop when you reach the top part of the rod.

5. Flip the bale arm

Flipping the bale arm in the opposite direction will make it close. 

6. Placing the lure

Lures come in different designs and categories. The type of lure that goes into your fishing pole depends on the season of the year. Thread deep lure on a fishing pole during the summer season. When it falls, attach sub-surface lures mostly, and surface lures when it’s spring season.

Pass the thread through the eyelet of the lure and leaving some extra inches of the line hanging on the other side. Take one end of the lure and wind it a few times until it forms a knot. The knot secures the security to the fishing pole. Lubricate with cooking oil, water, or saliva, and then tighten the knot by pulling it. There are several methods you can apply to achieve a knot. Choose the type of knot that feels comfortable with tying.

The final step is to test your finished fishing pole to see if the set up was successful. Cast the lure and see how it works.

A fishing pole is a key component of fishing, a component that anglers should be familiar with setting up. It’s what makes fishing enjoyable. Therefore, having a good setup summarizes your whole fishing experience. Often, you will be required to dismantle your fishing pole after every fishing session. Your next session will call for a new setup; for this reason, learning how to do it on your own is important. Setting up a fishing pole can be approached with different techniques depending on the type of fishing you intend to do. Understand the pole you intend to set up as all rods differ. Some are pretty basic, while others have additional features.


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