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later. On spinning reels, it's usually easier to remove the spool, tie the line on, and replace the spool before reeling (open the bail before replacing the spool).

  1. Pass the line around the spool. If putting line on a levelwinding baitcasting reel, pass the tag end through the levelwind, around the spool, and back out through the levelwind. Tie a simple overhand knot in the tag end. Pull tight and clip the excess.
  2. Pass the tag end around the other strand of line, and tie an overhand knot around it.
  3. Hold the standing line (the line going to the spool of new line) and pull tight. The first knot will slide up tight to the second and cinch tight.
Tying a slip knot to a spinning-reel spool.

The Improved Clinch Knot

This is one of the best, and easiest, knots for attaching terminal tackle (hooks, lures, swivels, or snaps) to your line. The improved part is the last turn of the line.

  1. Pass the line through the eye of the hook (or lure, swivel, or snap). Make five turns around the standing part of the line, using the fingers of your other hand to hold the loop formed by the first turn.
  2. Pass the tag end through the first loop above the eye.
  3. Pass the tag end through the wide loop just formed.
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