How To Prevent Wind Knots In Braided Line

Overall, many anglers believe that wind knots are common when you use the braided fishing line in spinning reels, regardless of different diameters or test lines.

However, the truth is 100% opposite. In details, this is because of the natural features of the braid fishing line. However, it is the only cause. The annoying occurrence of wind knots also results from our mistakes while we tie the fishing knots and the faults in our techniques.

There are many things that you can do to prevent wind knots. It is determined by our skills and techniques. Read on to learn more about these tips.

Here is how to prevent wind knots in braided line:

Keep The Line Tight

This is the most important factor that every angler should know with a braided fishing line. You can do so by using a little bit of pressure on the line while you spool it into the fishing reel. Just use the thumb of your hands to apply pressure to make sure the line is tight and straight all the time.

Keep The Line Tight

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Additionally, you should not fill all of the spools with the braided fishing line. In fact, you should leave about 1/8 inch of space.

Ditch The Rod Twitch

If you use different types of artificial lures such as jerk baits and spinnerbaits, remember that the techniques you use can also cause wind knots

The types of lures that you can use to encounter problems effectively are jerk baits (made from soft plastics) and topwater baits. When you use these lures, slack off in a tight line. It could possible cause wind knots and difficulty in keeping the line on the track.

Ditch The Rod Twitch

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You don’t have to move the rod tip much but depend on the movement of the lures itself. It’s because braided lines tend not to stretch easily. Therefore, when you use the lures, make sure you make the twitches as little as possible. By doing so, you could be able to cut down the amount of slack. The, you can avoid wind knots in your fishing line.

Make Sure You Have The Right Reel Guide

If you are careful enough and follow all of the instructions and tips but still have wind knots, you should look at your spinning reel. Keep in mind that, in some cases, wrong setup of the spinning reel can lead to this problem.

Also, you should know that some models of spinning reel have constructions that are not made for braided line. If the fishing reel guide is big, especially ones which are made to use with monofilament fishing line, the braided line will accelerate when it goes to the rod guides and causes loops. This will then later cause wind knots.

Make Sure You Have The Right Reel Guide

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Therefore, to prevent wind knots while spooling the reel, just buy one with smaller braided guides if you want to use this type of line more. Specifically, the low profile rod guide is more suitable for the fishing line with a smaller diameter, just like the characteristic of the braided fishing line. When shopping for a fishing reel, you can ask for one which is made specifically to use with a braided fishing line.

Finally, when you spool the reel, make sure that the spool goes in the right direction and the line roller can move freely and cleanly. If not, it would cause wind knots. Remember to check for any loose line that comes out of your reel’s arbor as well.

Accept The Bitter Truth

No matter how careful you are, you will probably somehow encounter wind knots. The thing is a lack of memory is a prominent feature of a braided fishing line. It comes with both positive and negative result. No memory can help you to wind and spool the fishing line into the reel without any difficulty.  However, it also makes the line goes faster when you spool it, causing loop inside the reel when you close the bail.

Therefore, you should accept the fact that once in a while, you will encounter this byproduct. When you see it, you should stay calm and try to unwind the line easily. Don’t rush as you might end up tangling the line further.

Additionally, you can avoid this problem by not buying a braided fishing line with the minimal coating. When a line doesn’t have a good barrier, it will absorb water and become heavy. And it ‘ll tend to cause more issues with the wind knots.

Accept The Bitter Truth

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To be honest, it is annoying to see it happen, not to mention that it would take the time to rewind the whole line and spool again. Sometimes, you cannot fix it by unwinding the line, but you have to cut it and throw it away. That’s why you should try to avoid wind knots as much as possible. I hope that all of the information above could help you to prevent wind knots in braided line and effective spool it in the future.

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