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Old 01-15-2017, 02:57 PM   #11
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The only time I've gotten wind knots was when I had FINS XS Braid 15lb on a Penn Battle. For whatever reason the combination of that line on that reel with me casting was no good. I was getting knots constantly. I've fished braid for 10 years now and never had a problem. I have the same braid from the same spool on three other types of reels and zero issues.
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Old 01-16-2017, 07:45 AM   #12
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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.
That's an excellent point and easily prevents casting a wind knot!
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The only time I've gotten wind knots was when I had FINS XS Braid 15lb on a Penn Battle. For whatever reason the combination of that line on that reel with me casting was no good. I was getting knots constantly. I've fished braid for 10 years now and never had a problem. I have the same braid from the same spool on three other types of reels and zero issues.
I had the same issue with a Quantum Smoke. I switched the braid several times and quickly realized it wasn't the braid!
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Good tip. I've not been manually closing the bail as much as I should. Gonna work on being more consistent.
I've also had regular wind knots with 3 different types of braid on my Battle II.
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Good video Nick.

couple other tips.

when possible, remove lure, open bail paying out line into water behind moving vessel - close bail at end of line. Re-wind under tension...if you haven't done this great way to remove twists, unbelievable how heavy your line gets when fully extended.

another benefit of feathering is to orient your lure facing you to avoid unusual splash, movement, etc., I like to have my 1st movement towards me, ready for a hook-up.
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Good video Nick.

couple other tips.

when possible, remove lure, open bail paying out line into water behind moving vessel - close bail at end of line. Re-wind under tension...if you haven't done this great way to remove twists, unbelievable how heavy your line gets when fully extended.

another benefit of feathering is to orient your lure facing you to avoid unusual splash, movement, etc., I like to have my 1st movement towards me, ready for a hook-up.


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Great video, and also great followup posts. I have some tools now to be able to prevent, detect and fix this nuisance. Thanks!
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Great video, and also great followup posts. I have some tools now to be able to prevent, detect and fix this nuisance. Thanks!


I'm glad you found it useful.


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One huge thing I always add (in addition to pretty much everything else you said) is to pay attention to your rod ratings. So many ignore the lure/weight ratings on their rods and they are there for a reason and very critical when fishing braid in particular.

For example, you can almost guarantee an increase in wind knots when trying to throw a 1/8oz jig on a MH rod rated for 5/8-1oz lures. The rating is there to let you know the ideal loading weights for the rod to cast effectively. Less weight than the lowest recommendation generally leads to an angler whipping the rod faster to compensate for lack of load and to obtain further distance. The issue is the lure accelerates fast from the rod tip but slows rapidly through the cast. Line also accelerates quickly but as the lure slows, the braid begins to push back on itself, forming those loose coils onto the spool before the lure has even hit the surface. It creates the same effect as not closing the bail manually and will lead to the same loose coils trying to pull during the cast.

When fishing braid, its certainly better to throw lures to the heavier side of your rod's weight rating than to the lower recommendation.

Another is to do a somewhat slower cast instead of the bullwhip-style of whipping the rod back and forth like your trying to get the line to make a popping sound. let that rod make a big arc as you power through the cast. It'll be just one more step to cutting wind knots down.
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One huge thing I always add (in addition to pretty much everything else you said) is to pay attention to your rod ratings. So many ignore the lure/weight ratings on their rods and they are there for a reason and very critical when fishing braid in particular.

For example, you can almost guarantee an increase in wind knots when trying to throw a 1/8oz jig on a MH rod rated for 5/8-1oz lures. The rating is there to let you know the ideal loading weights for the rod to cast effectively. Less weight than the lowest recommendation generally leads to an angler whipping the rod faster to compensate for lack of load and to obtain further distance. The issue is the lure accelerates fast from the rod tip but slows rapidly through the cast. Line also accelerates quickly but as the lure slows, the braid begins to push back on itself, forming those loose coils onto the spool before the lure has even hit the surface. It creates the same effect as not closing the bail manually and will lead to the same loose coils trying to pull during the cast.

When fishing braid, its certainly better to throw lures to the heavier side of your rod's weight rating than to the lower recommendation.

Another is to do a somewhat slower cast instead of the bullwhip-style of whipping the rod back and forth like your trying to get the line to make a popping sound. let that rod make a big arc as you power through the cast. It'll be just one more step to cutting wind knots down.
Excellent point, Chris.
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