PREVENTING SPINNING REEL PROBLEMS
Many anglers are making the move to spinning reels as they are great for making long casts with smaller lures and with today’s finesse techniques. However, spinning reels can develop loops and line twist problems and since we have received a few emails asking for help, we hope to offer some proven ways to minimize the spinning reel problems of loops making your fishing more enjoyable.
Most spinning reel problems happen when you make long cast with light baits causing the line to not straighten out at the end of the cast but bows. This means the line does not get pulled tight below the level of the spool and a loop is formed on the spool as you start reeling in line. If you do not see this loop and continue making your next cast, you will eventually have to unwind the line or put this rod down.
First thing is to make sure the loop does not happen, close the bail manually and not by reeling. Next, tug on the line to snug it against the spool and now you can start reeling since this will prevent a loop from forming. Closing the bail manually does two things; it serves as a reminder for you to tug on the line since your hand is there and it keeps you from reeling the loop onto the spool. This also gives you the ability to stop a cast short when you over-shoot your target..
The worst thing you can do is to keep casting. We have found if you remove the spool and pulling off line from the backside till the loop comes out is the best way to prevent more twisting or other problems.
Line twist is another culprit that causes loops. Line twist comes from using in-line type spinners, some soft plastic baits or a misaligned bait that spins. Using a swivel and proper rigging will eliminate line twist and thus stop looping. Line twist can be removed while on the water by removing your bait and just let out line as you pull it through the water slowly, which will straighten your line as you reel back in. I know you may have heard this before, but it really works.
Line twisting can also happen by improper spooling on new line. When spooling on new line, lay spool flat on table and check for line twist after about six turns of the handle while also keeping pressure on the line. This twist will normally wrap around the rod tip. If this occurs, stop and turn the new spool over and continue while checking again. Just remember it is important to check for twist early to make sure you are spooling correctly.
Other pointers on spooling line are do NOT overfill the spool as this will cause looping but keep it down about eighth of an inch and use recommended line weights. By this I mean, if your reel says for 4 – 8 pound test, do not spool 10 or 12 pound line on as you will get coiling. If you need to use stronger line, than you should consider getting a different reel. Spool some monofilament on the spool first when using braided line or the braid will spin around on the spool so that you can’t set the hook or set the drag.
Stiff line will loop more, so select a line that says it is limp and castable within the pound-test guidelines on the reel. Check and set the drag regularly and stop reeling when fighting a fish as the drag is going out to prevent line twist. Use your hand on the spool to get control over the fish, or tighten the drag if you need to. And lastly, keep your reels clean and give them a light oiling at least once a season.
The new spinning reels are designed to be very user friendly and greatly reduce problems with twisting and looping. Try these tips and you will have less down time due to spinning reel hassles. Visit us at www.larrysfishinghole.com for more Fishing Tips, Events and Reports.
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