How to Thread a Zebco Fishing Reel

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Zebco, a well-known name in the fishing industry, produces a complete line of spincast fishing reels. The spincast reel is similar to spinning reels, except that the spool of the reel is completely enclosed under the front cover. The fishing line passes through a hole in the cover and attaches to a spool underneath. As the angler cranks the reel, a spinner head within the reel grabs the fishing line and winds it onto the spool. Putting line on a Zebco reel is relatively simple and takes only a few minutes to accomplish.

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Turn the front cover of the Zebco reel counterclockwise to unscrew and remove it from the reel.

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Place the spool of fishing line on the floor in front of you so that the line comes off the spool in the same direction it winds onto the reel.

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Thread the end of the fishing line downward through the guides on the fishing rod. Thread the fishing line through the hole in the end of the front cover.

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Press the "line release" button on the back of the reel to set the spinner head inside the reel in the up position.

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Loop the fishing line around the spool under the spinner head. Tie an overhand knot in the end of the line around the main portion of the line to form a large slip knot. Tie another overhand knot in the end of the line. Tighten both of these knots.

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Replace the front cover of the Zebco reel by turning it clockwise to screw it back in place.

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Place your index finger around the rod and the fishing line just below the largest guide to put tension on the line. Crank the reel handle to engage the line catch mechanism and begin winding line onto the reel.

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Continue winding line until the reel spool is approximately 3/4 full of fishing line. Cut the line at the line spool and tie on your choice of tackle.

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