Line twist can be the bane of anglers’ lives, but there are some things you can do to avoid it. Here, top caster Terry Edmonds shows you what he does to combat it.
“Line twist, which can be infuriating and lead to crack-offs when casting, has a number of causes, the main three being: incorrect loading of the line when new; using the clutch to play fish; and using freespool systems.
“When loading new line, many people soak the line in warm water, then wind the line on with the sticker of the bulk spool facing upwards.
“In my opinion this causes twist.
“My preferred method is the old-fashioned way: soak the line in warm water then get somebody to put a pencil through the bulk spool, and wind on under moderate pressure, with the line coming off the top of the spool.
“For all my fishing and tournament casting I've used this method, as do all the tournament casters I know.
“When playing fish, if you can backwind, rather than use your clutch you will help limit the build-up of twist, but if it does occur, one trick I use to get rid of it is to walk out 200yds of line on a field, snip the lead off the end, then wind back the loose line through a wet rag.
“Alternatively, Gardner produce a Spin Doctor that you cast out and reel back in to produce the same effect.”