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#11 Posted : Thursday, March 21, 2019 7:50:10 AM(UTC)
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Braid is very limp and therefor tends to wrap itself around things more. I would try adding a mono leader, and the heavier the better (to a point). I'd try something stiff like 10lb. XT. A stiff line will tend to hold form and not wrap around hook shanks, split rings, wire shafts, etc. This leader doesn't need to be very long either. If you don't want to do this, at least up your braid to 10 or 12. A little thicker diameter and a little less likely to tangle.
#12 Posted : Thursday, March 21, 2019 8:53:39 AM(UTC)
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Braid works for those who favor it, but I’ve used nothing but P-Line Fluorocarbon for the last 3 years and it’s great stuff. Much cheaper than Power Pro, and the stuff is strong. I run 8 lb for Trout and 10 for Steelhead. For Chinooks, I’ve landed them on the 8 and 10, but if you don’t want to be super sporty, I’d go with at least 17... Hooked one on the 8 and it took the better part of the hour to land the thing since it broke my damn rod 2 minutes in.

In terms of the cast, I agree on handbreaking, and pitching seems to reduce the tangles. It’s going to happen every 50-100 casts no matter what, but underhand casts with a bit of hand breaking goes a long way.
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#13 Posted : Sunday, March 24, 2019 5:18:20 AM(UTC)
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So letting the line slip through your fingers towards the end of the cast may help? I'm a manual bail closer always so this may be something I could adapt too. Still not sure what changed that I do this so often but it wont be an overnight fix regardless.
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