How to Set Up a Fishing Pole

Learning how to set up a fishing pole can be a little more complicated than it sounds. Long gone are the days of using a long stick with a bit of string tied to the end. Fishing poles have gone very high tech, even for the most casual fishing trip.

When it comes to fishing poles, the first thing you need to think about is the type of fishing you'll be doing. Different poles are used for different types of fish and for different types of fishing. The main types of poles are freshwater or saltwater. However, you can also have a rod that work for both types of water, such as salmon fishing rod.

Put the pole together.
If you buy a fishing pole that comes in two detachable parts, you need to secure these two sections together before you do anything else. Make sure to line up the little hooks/eyes on each section. These hooks need to be straight to thread the line properly.

Attach the reel.
Once your pole is together, you need to place the reel into the reel seat/slot. Tighten the reel, but make sure you don't over tighten it to the point where the line is stretching.

Thread the line.
Pull the line from the reel slowly and thread it through the hooks/eyes of the pole. Start at the closest hook and make sure to keep the line straight as you thread it. Leave at least two feet on line hanging off the last hook on the pole. This gives you extra line so you can attach everything you need to start fishing.

Attach the bobber.
A bobber helps your line float at the top of the water, giving your hook the perfect depth underneath the water. To attach the bobber you want to slide it onto the line, leaving about 18 to 20 inches of line hanging off the end. Loop the line around the bobber a few times and tie several knots to secure it in place.

Attach the hook.
Slide the appropriate sized hook up the line. Loop the line through the hook a few times and tie several knots to secure it in place. The amount of space you want to leave between the bobber and the hook depends on how deep you want to fish. If you space the hook four inches below the bobber, the hook will float four inches below the water's surface.

Attach the sinkers.

You're going to need to attach a few sinkers to your line. The sinkers weigh the line down some, making it sink into 

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