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Old 04-26-2006, 08:32 AM
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Iíve read that to prevent birdís nests in leaders you should soak the line in warm water and then wrapped the line around trees or poles to straighten it out. Now my question is should I do that with my regular line? Iím using 20lb. Andre and feel that it holds a lot of memory and has a tendency to curl up right off the shelf. What are your thoughts? Thanks
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Old 04-26-2006, 01:56 PM
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I wouldnt wrap your line around any trees or poles as it could damage the line. There is something called wet packing which is similar to what you describe. I wouldnt "soak" the line, but many will let out all the line while in the boat and then repack it all on while wet.
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I wouldnt wrap your line around any trees or poles as it could damage the line. There is something called wet packing which is similar to what you describe. I wouldnt "soak" the line, but many will let out all the line while in the boat and then repack it all on while wet.
This will take all the twist out of it just let the line go no hardware at all and it will straitgen(spelling ) all my by self You should do this to any line you put on by yourself or at home
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Old 04-26-2006, 09:19 PM
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So I could just remove enough line from the spool that i bought it on and then spool it on to the reel and it shouldn't knot up? How often do you guys respool your line? I really like how Andre line works for me but I feel that it "curls" up on me. I use spinning reels, maybe I should just respool more often.
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Old 04-27-2006, 09:50 AM
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Trailing an empty line behind your boat is a trick George Povermo talked about at his SW seminar to regularly untwist your line on spinning gear. I think you twist your line a little every time you crank and set the bail. Regularly untwisting just keeps the loops down. Replacing line depends on how much use and conditions you use it. Once a season I'd say is a minimum as mono degrades. If you are casting over shallows/rocks, do it as often as you think your line needs it. Chaffe and nicks will lead to failure, and it is an easy maintence item so as not to loose that next big fish. High stress can also weaken mono and fluro leaders. Some guys replace leaders after every big fight.

Wet packing applies ( I think) more to dacron backing, or even braid. Most do it as a way to limit the line biting down on itself in the reel.

The best way to pack a reel is to use a winding maching. You can also just wind it on off the spool, and then let it trail behind the boat on the next outing to get any twists out.
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Old 04-27-2006, 02:58 PM
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I heard from a respected source - although have not tried it myself - that pulling mono thru a non-static sheet used in clothes dryers will remove the memory.
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Old 04-27-2006, 08:44 PM
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I use short (5 feet) mono leaders spliced onto PP or Fireline on my spinning gear. It allows me to tie on rigs and lures more easily and more reliably because I am tying the mono, not the braid. When the leaders get too short over time, I just tie in new ones. I use 15-20 lb Ande pink on some rods. To get the kink out from the spool, I hold one end and "draw" the line through my pinched fingers . This stretches the line a bit and the friction from your fingers heats it up a little, making it very straight.
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Old 05-02-2006, 10:36 PM
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Chicken...

Are you talking about curls? Roughly the size of the spool diameter or, are you talking about twisted loops? They are two distinctly different problems. The curlies are memory related as you note. The warm water deal of soaking a spool in warm water will help some but, if you leave your reel in a hot vehicle for a period, the curlies will come right back. The twisty loops are actually induced by the person using the equipment. Reeling on a fish that is taking line produces a lot of line twist, eventually it will end up poking a loop out when you least expect it. Birds nest sure to follow.

As for hitching up to a tree or pole. It's common practice for flyrodders to "stretch" a line before heading out for a day on the salt. By that "stretch" I mean tying the line to a branch or fence post or on the cleat of a boat. Then walk away paying out the line until the full 100 ft or so is off the reel. (but under light tension so the line is not drooped on the ground) Pulling slightly to make the line taught and holding for a few seconds will take a lot of the memory out of the line. Thus cast further, less tangles etc. It works on fly line so, it will work on mono.

Hope this is helpful Bud.
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Old 05-02-2006, 10:45 PM
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ChickenNecker - 4/26/2006 9:19 PM

So I could just remove enough line from the spool that i bought it on and then spool it on to the reel and it shouldn't knot up? How often do you guys respool your line? I really like how Andre line works for me but I feel that it "curls" up on me. I use spinning reels, maybe I should just respool more often.
For clarification, you let it out on a moving boat with nothing attached and wind it back on. Your done.
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Old 05-03-2006, 09:33 AM
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Make sure that when you put the line on a spinning reel you put it on in the right direction. I have started having all of my spinning reels "loaded" professionally. It has cut down on the number of loops and birdnest. I tend to respool them every year. I don't use the spinning reels as much anymore.
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