The cause of line twisting
Line twist is a common problem for any carp angler using a fixed spool reel.
It is something we cannot avoid and it is often the main cause of horrific line tangles
around the reel or eyes of the rod, it
could also cause the fish to bite less as we will discuss later. Firstly, what
is line twist?
Line twist is when the main line coming off the reel coils around itself and
eventually tangles. It can cause the line to wrap around the tip of the rod
or if really bad, can fly off the spool quickly and bunch up to catch on the
eyes of the rod when casting.
What causes line twist?
Line twist is only caused on fixed spool reels. It develops because as the
line comes towards the reel straight it has to turn side wards in order to
load onto the spool. It is mechanically impossible for line to turn through
a right angle without twisting. This means that for every turn on the spool the line will
create one twist, so as the reel is loaded it forms thousands of twists.
It is crucial that line is loaded onto a fixed spool reel
correctly to limit line twist. Also, because line will twist as the clutch is used,
the more fish we catch using the clutch, the worse it can become, even if only catching a few
carp line twist can be rapid if the carp take lots of line from the reel
clutch. For this reason some professionals back wind when playing fish as
this limits the use of
the clutch. It’s impossible to stop fishing line from twisting but it can be
Problems with Line Twist
The problem when
fishing for carp with twisted line is it may cause the line to spring up off the
bottom. The line can loop up at each coil in the line. This means it will be
much harder to completely pin the main line to the bottom so carp cannot
detect it when swimming close to the lake bed.
How can you limit line twist?
There are 3 ways to limit line twist:
Load fishing reels correctly
Use clutch less often
Use big pit reels
Use a spin doctor lead
Load Carp Fishing Line Correctly
You can minimize line twist by loading the
fishing line onto the spool correctly. This is done by firstly checking to
see which direction your reel's carriage (or bale arm) rotates. Look at your
reel from the front, if the carriage rotates clockwise (which is the normal
for most fixed spool reels), then you need to make sure the line comes
off the new line spool anti-clockwise. Always loading fishing line onto
a reel the opposite way to which the carriage rotates stops the line from
Here are some pictures showing how to load
fishing line correctly onto a carp reel.
Different Fishing Reels
Fishing reels that have a bigger spool will
naturally produce less line twist than reels with a smaller spool diameter.
This means big pit reels will cause less line twists as there are less turns
but more capacity of line.
Eliminate Line Twist Problems
A spin doctor is a lead which
contains angled groves. The groves in the lead causes the line to twist anti-clockwise
as it is brought back through the water. Casting out and retrieving the lead takes out
the twists. How much line twist is on the reel will determine how many casts
will be required to eliminate it. As a guide, you don't want the spin doctor
lead to spin in one direction for a long time after retrieval. If you let
the spin doctor lead hang about 4 feet from the rod tip after retrieval, it
should NOT spin anti-clockwise for very long. If it spins anti-clockwise for
a long time then all the twist has not gone. If it spins clockwise for long
periods then you have added too much reverse twists.
It is actually possible, and probably a good idea to place reverse twists on
your main line when using the spin doctor. Firstly, get rid of all line
twist, then re-cast it out one more time and retrieve it. This will place a
little reverse twist on
the line, thus in effect, you have a slight credit of "good" twists and it
will go back to straight condition after the clutch has been used a few
times. Placing reverse twists onto main line means it will take much
longer for line twist problems to re-occur.
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