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Old 01-14-2017, 10:38 PM   #1
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Wind knots are a common topic on every fishing forum in the world and the majority of anglers blame the braid they are using.

However, it has a lot more to do with casting then the manufacture of the braid.

There are several mistakes that cause wind knots. Failure to manually close the bail is a huge issue and I see this mistake made over and over again.

The bail should be tripped as the lure touches the water. "Feathering" your fishing line as the lure flies through the air ensures you stop the line and close the bail in one smooth action.

The video shows a quick demonstration and covers the topic in detail.

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Good vid Nick,
I'm right handed and never take my right hand off the rod when casting, or ever. Use my left hand to to feather line on drop and close bail. Interesting to see you cast with left hand and and switch. Whatever works, enjoyed it and you hit the nail on the head with name brand braid. Operator error is the my cause for failure.
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Good vid Nick,
I'm right handed and never take my right hand off the rod when casting, or ever. Use my left hand to to feather line on drop and close bail. Interesting to see you cast with left hand and and switch. Whatever works, enjoyed it and you hit the nail on the head with name brand braid. Operator error is the my cause for failure.


I spend a lot more time with a bait caster in my hand then a spinning reel. I have always switched hands with the spinning rod because if accuracy.


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Figured that was the reason, bass fishing will do that to you.
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I spend a lot more time with a bait caster in my hand then a spinning reel. I have always switched hands with the spinning rod because if accuracy.


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Ditto. Thought I was the only one.
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Well spoken and good explanation of the cause...Thanks
I've been pitching a lure from my dock to land behind my neighbor's boat and whenever the wind is blowing towards his boat, my line between the rod tip and the lure will arc towards his boat and foul on his swim platform or in some of the rigging if i get too close.
I have learned to crank and pull the rod tip downward and into the wind to pull the arc out of the line as soon as the lure hits the water to keep from having to walk around to his boat to retrieve the lure. The timing of the movement of the rod tip keeps the line tight as soon as it starts to build on the spool.
I am more likely to wind knot the line when there is little to no wind and never really saw the reason. sometimes I would notice that some of the line had wound onto the skirt of the spool without me noticing until it was too late and causing a problem.
I think you hit the nail on the head with the description of loosely wound line from a previous retrieve being pulled off of the spool as the tight line leaves the spool.... I need to modify my closing of the bail and making sure the line is loaded early on...... Thanks again for the tip...
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Well spoken and good explanation of the cause...Thanks

I've been pitching a lure from my dock to land behind my neighbor's boat and whenever the wind is blowing towards his boat, my line between the rod tip and the lure will arc towards his boat and foul on his swim platform or in some of the rigging if i get too close.

I have learned to crank and pull the rod tip downward and into the wind to pull the arc out of the line as soon as the lure hits the water to keep from having to walk around to his boat to retrieve the lure. The timing of the movement of the rod tip keeps the line tight as soon as it starts to build on the spool.

I am more likely to wind knot the line when there is little to no wind and never really saw the reason. sometimes I would notice that some of the line had wound onto the skirt of the spool without me noticing until it was too late and causing a problem.

I think you hit the nail on the head with the description of loosely wound line from a previous retrieve being pulled off of the spool as the tight line leaves the spool.... I need to modify my closing of the bail and making sure the line is loaded early on...... Thanks again for the tip...


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Another thing I find myself doing because it is hard to always tell if the 10 pound braid is where I think it is, I will dip the tip of the rod in the water and put tension on the line and then quickly pull the rod tip skyward and watch the pattern the line makes on the water hopefully in the direction of my lure and not my neighbors boat if I am lucky… LOL


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Side casting rather than overhead casting helps when fishing bridges and docks from a boat.

Close the bail manually and tugs an inch or two of line when you do so. This prevents and removes line twist. Closing the bail by reeling in adds twists to the line and causes foul ups, especially on braid.

My biggest issue is overhead casting where my line wraps around the tip, so I switched to side casting for accuracy and less hassle.

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Good tip and well done on the video.

A trick my Dad taught me - if you notice a loose loop covered in tightly wound line on your spool, DO NOT try to cast out to clear the loop. Loosen the drag, and without opening the bail, pull the line off manually until the loop is clear and reload the line under tension for a smoothly wound spool.
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