Hi, I’m Charles Fort, associate editor of BoatUS Magazine. And I’m Lenny Rudow, BoatUS Magazine’s fishing editor. You may have seen our videos on how to choose a fishing rod and how to choose a fishing reel.
Well, once you get that rod and reel, you’ve got to rig it. Let’s get to the basics. So first off, Charles, we’ve got to figure out what this rod and reel are rated for as far as the line size goes. So what do you have here? This says 8 to 12.
OK, so a good choice might be right in the middle, say, 10 pound test. So Lenny, I see there’s two different kinds of fishing line: monofilament and braid. Which one do I use? That’s a great question, Charles.
A lot of people like braid for it’s low stretch properties. It’s excellent for trolling and casting and retrieving, jigging … mostly lure fishing. A lot of people like monofilament because of its stretch particularly when they’re baitfishing.
What do you think? Are you going to do more baitfishing or lure fishing? I plan on lure fishing, so it sounds like braided is what I need. Probably so. I think that’s the pick. That’s a good choice, Charles, but if I were you, instead of buying that line and taking it home and putting it on the reel yourself, I would have them do it here in the tackle shop.
In the tackle shops, they have spoolers that have line tensioners. They can really make a line taught as it’s going on to your reel, and it packs more tightly and does a much better job. Alright, Charles, now while your new rod and reel are being spooled up, let’s take a look at a rod and reel that have already been spooled and is all set and ready to fish, right? You’ll notice here this is a monofilament leader, right? Right.
That’s not braid. Ah. Ah! So you’ve got to string the braid through the rod and then tie a knot right there. We call this the line-to-leader connection. A good connection to use for the line-to-leader is called the uni-to-uni knot.
So why don’t you pass me the end of that cord, and we’ll do a quick demo on how to make a uni-to-uni. You just lay the lines down side by side. You do that end, I’ll do this end, how about that? We’ll both learn at the same time.
You make a loop around. Nope. I’m working with white line, you’re working with the yellow line. Make the loop around and lay it right against the white line. Very good. So you’ve got your loop, now you’re going to go around both lines with the tag end.
Underneath? Yep! Around both ends. Both lines. There you go! Now do that four or five times. Now with thin monofilament, you would do this six or seven times, but with this thick line that we’re just using for demonstration purposes, you can’t really do it more than four times.
Then pull the knot tight. OK? Now let go of the middle, grab the end, and we’re each going to grab the end of the line and pull until those two knots hit each other. Got it. There’s our uni-to-uni. Umhmm.
Cool! Now, of course, Charles, there’s one more knot to learn yet, right, because we need to attach our jighead or whatever your lure is to your monofilament leader. I wondered how we were going to do that.
So for that, we’re just going to use a regular fisherman’s knot — an improved clinch — which is a simple but very effective knot. Now obviously this is not to scale, we just grabbed something large here for demonstration purposes, but the way this knot works is, you put the end of your line through the eye or the loop, whatever you’re tying on.
Again, I’m only going to make four twists because this is very thick line. If I was using 6, 8, 10, 12 pound mono, I would do six or seven twists. Then you take the tag end, pass it through the loop you’ve made, turn it back and pass it through the loop you just made again.
Pull it tight, and at this point, especially with monofilament, you want to lick it, lubricate it a little bit, so it cinches down nice and easy. There we go. Now you’re ready to fish! Great! Alright, we have this all rigged, so Lenny, when are you going to take me fishing? ASAP! But until then, folks, we hope you’ve enjoyed this video.
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