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line twist question on a little crappie spinning reel

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By JoJo - Posted on 27 January 2011

what steps can one take when spooling a spining reel to avoid the dreaded line twist? I have multiple rod/reel setups for all the different tactics I use through out the year, and usally when we get ice I change all my mono out in prep for the upcoming year. on most of my reels the line goes on great and has no twist, but its inevitable I usally have one or two that has enough twist to make a preacher cuss. its not always the same reels so its not that, I use a line spooling tool to keep decent tension, but I have to be doing somthing to cause it. I can fill multiple spools from the same spool of line and one twist and one not. I have used the same name brand line year after year, and even ventured trying different brands with no luck.

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I pay attention to the direction of rotation on the reel and the spool to make sure they aren't opposing. After that, tension. Not super tight but no loose line. The most important thing to remember is that a 5" spool and a 1 1/2 inch spool will generate some twist. So buy a ball bearing snap swivel and tie it to the end of the line when you finish spooling the line on. Hook it to something outside and start walking backwards, a long way. I try to take off about half the line if I have the room. Reapply the tension and reel, walking back to where you hooked it fast. The ball bearing will spin easier than the barrel swivels. If you still don't think you're getting it all, stop occasionally and reduce the tension and allow the bearing to spin and release the twist. Don't allow loops to form when you do that. Best is to let it out behind the boat when under way and let most of it out with nothing on the end, there's a lot of drag on bare line.


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