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there are a couple of things you can do. one tie a swivel(?) up the line from your lure. also when casting; if you close your bail with your hand instead of turning the handle. this will help some. most of time i don't use a swivel on my panfish rigs do to the small lures( 1/64-1/80) and using 4# mono. what i do is pay attention to you line. if it is showing heavy twisting there are a couple of things you can do. if in a boat; let out your line( with nothing attached) behind the boat and pull it for a little ways. this will allow the line to relax. then reel it back in and back to fishing .if on land; (again with nothing on the line) let out the line , then pull for a little ways to relax it( best if done on grass). then reel it back on. del

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One of the main reasons for line twist ( other than incorrect spooling) is reeling against the drag ( spinning reel) when fighting a fish. I try to have my clients either let the drag do it's job and then reel or teach them how to back reel.

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All of these have already been stated.. but I thought I would re-state them because they are important.

Everytime you turn the bail over by cranking the reel it can put anywhere from 1/4 to 1/2 twist in your line(ALL SPINNING REELS DO THIS, nomatter who makes it!).. if you make 200 casts.. do the math!!!! if you manually turn the bail over with your hand there is no Twisting! AT ALL~

Reeling against the drag.. if you are reeling against the drag. you are putting at least 5 full twists in the line each time you turn the handle.... OUCH! If the drag is going out with out you reeling there is NO TWIST...if the fish is pulling drag, let it go... stop reeling.

When putting line on a spinning reel start with the filler spool facing label up... Crank a few times and check to see if its going on without twists. .if you see a few twists, turn the filler spool over so that the lable is down and cranka few more twists.. check again... continue till reel if full!

This should help.. take care!

Deitz Dittrich
Shimano Prostaff...

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I manually close the bail 100% of time and this does help! However what you have at the end of the line makes a HUGE difference. For example, 75% of the time I am using soft plastics...the general action of a worm, tube, lizard, etc. will spin as part of it's action. This goes straight into the line. The quick fix is to cut off the rig...let out 30 yards and it will work out "most" of twist. Another trick I use before tournaments is to stretch my mono...go out in the yard tie the end to something solid (mailbox, tree) let out the line and pull...hold for 30 seconds. remove from the post and reel up. 95% of the twist is GONE!

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I think that all mono line twists even off the spool. Even if I flip the spool over it still twists. I just accept it. The tips help, but it's mono.

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When you put line on a reel spool, off of a line spool, you will always get some twist because the reel spool and the line spool are different diameters. I found a product that elimintes all the twist in my line when I put it on. It's fast and really works. It's called, "Twist Free Line Winder" and it cost me under $10. It uses your electric drill to spool line on your reel. I fill all my spinning reels with it.


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