While spinning for trout line twist is an annoyance which causes tangles, knots and even break offs. While prevention is better than cure, mistakes happen and lines become twisted. In this guide we look at ways to remove line twist. Once the line twist is removed, it is important to keep the line twist free. The main causes of line twist include.
Not using a swivel.
Using the wrong type or size of swivel.
Having a seized line roller.
Spooling a reel with the line not under tension
Troll twisted line behind a boat
If you own a boat, kayak or any watercraft, one of the best ways to remove line twist is on the water. Go boating somewhere quiet and obstruction free. Avoid crossing path with other water users while using this technique.
Remove all terminal tackle, hook, lure from the line. Then with an open spool feed the line into the water. Then move the boat away at a slow speed (I use trolling speed). This should allow the line to slowly unwind.
Continue moving until all the twisted line is pulled behind the boat. I often empty the entire spool. The weight of the line dragging through the water should cause the rod to bend slightly. I like to drag the line behind the boat for at least five minutes.
The drag of the line through the water slowly stretches it removing any twist. Wait about five minutes before slowly winding the line back in. Now, you have a twist free line to start fishing again.
How to remove line twist On land.
In a large open area, without any predestinarians or traffic. Tie the line to something solid (The bull bar of my truck works well).
Holding the rod and reel, slowly walk away un-spooling the line. Walk in a straight line, do not zig-zag or go around corners. If space allows, you can empty the entire spool but the the first hundred yards or so should be sufficient for a trout reel.
Once enough line is out, apply the drag and gently pull the line straightening it out. Leave the line under tension for about five minutes. I prefer doing this on a hot day, I feel the line is more supple.
After five minutes, slowly start winding the line back in, maintain tension the entire time. Some people recommend running the line through a damp towel at this stage but that requires a third hand.
Removing line twist Inside.
For this method you need a second rod and reel with an empty spool. Feed the line through the guides of both rods and tie it onto the empty spool. Get a helper to hold one rod and reel and set a light drag.
Gently wind the line onto the new reel. Once the line has transferred over, reverse the procedure. This time apply slightly more drag and run the line through a dump cloth, I also like to weigh the cloth down between the pages of an old telephone book.
Maintain tension, slowly wind the line back onto the reel. Reeling the line in too fast can cause heat friction damaging the line.
Alternatively, a despooling machine such as the Piscifun Speed X Fishing Line Spooler Machine with Unwinding Function can be used. Make sure that the Spooler machine can transfer line in both directions.