How to string a fly fishing rod

How to string a fly fishing rod?

If you want to learn how to string a fly fishing rod then you are in the right place! Hi, my name is Adam, ive been fly fishing for a number of years and will walk you through the process in this article.

Step 1: Backing line to fly reel spool

Assuming you are starting from the beginning and your fly reel isn’t set up with backing and fine etc….

Take the backing line spool and the fly reel. Remove the spool from the reel and set it aside.

Take the backing line and tie it to the fly reel spool using the Arbor Knot as shown in the diagram below.

Step 2: Tying the backing line to the Fly Line

Take the other end of the backing line and using a Nail knot, tie the backing line to the fly line as shown in the image below

Step 3: Tie the leader to the Fly line

Next take the leader line and using the Albright knot tie the leader line to the fly line as shown in the image below.

Step 4: Connect the reel to the fly rod

The next step is to connect the fly reel to the fly rod.

Take the reel and seat it onto the butt end of the fly rod by slotting the reel into the reel seat and then wind and tighten the screw all the way up so that reel sits tightly onto the fly rod.

Step 5: Assembling the fly rod

Take all the remaining pieces of the fly rod and connect them together and so that the eyelets (where the line passes through) of the fly rod are aligned.

Step 6: Passing the line through the fly rod

No take the end of the leader and slowly thread this through the eyes of the fly rod. Once you have threaded the line all the way to the top of the fly rod and through the last eye of the fly rod, you have now almost finished the setup.

Keep pulling the leader all the way until the leader and fly line are out to about a 4-metre length.

Step 7: Attaching the fly to the leader

In this last step, all that is remaining is to tie on the fly you choose to the leader line.

In order to tie the fly to the leader line, i generally use a blood knot. There are many knots you can use for this purpose but i have always used a blood knot.

You can see how to tie a blood knot in the image below.


The above steps i have laid out are the way i string a fly rod for fly fishing. I have used these same methods for all my fly fishing trips and they have never let me down.

If you find it easier to watch and apply then there are plenty of videos on youtube that will also demonstrate these steps above to.

I hope you found these steps easy to follow and learned how to string a fly fishing rod and I wish you all the luck on your next and future fly fishing trips!