Assembling Your Fishing Rod
What could be more relaxing than a peaceful morning on calm waters; the humming of the line being cast followed by the perfect drop of a lure causing ripples of potential for the days' catch. But before we get to the lake, we need to assemble the key piece of equipment- the fishing rod.
Assemble the Rod
The first step in assembling a two part rod is to slide the pieces together; the most important note here is to ensure that the rings on the rod are in alignment with each other as they will be the guide going forward. The easiest way to check that the rings are in the correct position is to hold the handle of the rod and then look down the length of the rod; if you can see through the middle of all of the rings in a single line, your new rod is ready for the next step.
Add the Reel and Line
All rods have what is called a reel seat which the portion of the handle which will cradle the reel. Position the reel foot into reel seat with the spool facing forward and then screw the seat down to firmly secure the reel. Next, thread the line by opening the bail arm and gently drawing the line off of the spool. Some people prefer to thread the line with the bail arm engaged, however, this method often will encourages the delicate to twist, which of course is undesirable. Once you have thread the line through the first few eyes, it is a good idea to place the rod on a table so that rather than bending the rod down to your height to reach the taller guides, you can thread them through by simply moving alongside the rod. The less tension you can place on the physical rod by bending it back, the less chance of the rod snapping.
Most common spool reels have a 'drag'. The drag is used to set the tension at which the spool will turn as line is drawn out if the spool. Think of it as a safety setting against your line snapping. There are "front drag" reels and "rear drag" reels, either of which will set the tension level with a dial on the front or rear of the reel, respectively. Ensuring that the bail arm is closed, hold the rod with one hand while holding the fishing line with your other hand. Holding the line at an angle, tighten it bu pulling it from the rod just until you feel enough tension that you feel it may snap. Now, with the dial located on either the front or rear of the real, adjust the setting accordingly until the line beings to come off the reel while still under pressure.
Rig Your Bait
Choose your favorite lure and tie it on to the end of the line using any secure knot. Some popular knots include the Bobber Stopper, Dropper Loop, and the Willis Knot
Once you have your lure ready to go, all that's left to do now is practice your best cast!