Line Coils and Twists? Try These Tips

News & Tips: Line Coils and Twists? Try These Tips

Line issues are a prevalent problem that can be downright frustrating. Twists and coils can lead to knots and breaks, ultimately effecting both the action of your lure and the ease in which you can cast and retrieve. Here are some helpful tips to prevent and fix this common nuisance.

Spooling Reels

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Duplicating the way the line sat on the spool will help make smoother casts.

When spooling reels— especially spinning — always ensure that the line comes off the filler spool in the same direction that it would come off the reel spool. All line has memory, so duplicating the way it sat on the spool will work to your advantage. Reversing this direction leads to coils and line twist; meaning line will be more apt to "spring" off your spool during casts.

The line should also be wound under tension. Take care not to overfill your reel spool. It is recommended to wind the spool to within 1/8-inch of the front lip.

Try Some Conditioner

To reduce line memory, which will increase casting distance, try a commercially made line conditioner. A few sprays on your reel spool, both before and after fishing, will make a noticeable difference.

I also like to use a liberal amount of conditioner immediately after spooling reels. This will ease the memory right from the get go.

Drag Your Line

Line twist often occurs when jigging, with a common culprit being the spoon. If this occurs out on the water, remove your bait and begin trolling your bare line behind the boat. This action will untwist your line, bringing it back to its original state.

In order to abolish line twist altogether, tie a small swivel up from your lure. This isn't feasible for all presentations, but if it is, the difference it will make will be well worth the piece of added hardware.

Choose the Right Line

Heavy pound test line can cause significant issues when used in conjunction with a spinning reel. "Thick" line will kink and coil, leading to obvious frustrations. Follow the recommended line pound test that is printed on your reel spool. Light line will always work best on a spinning reel — and that is what they are designed for.

If you need to use heavier line on a spinning reel, opt for braid. The tensile strength compared to thickness is significantly higher, leading to less troubles on your reel.