Why does the fishing line keep curling up?

Boating enthusiasts and avid anglers know the frustration of a fishing line that just won’t behave. One of the most common issues that anglers face is a fishing line that keeps curling up. This can be a major inconvenience and can even cause lost catches. So? There are several reasons for this annoying problem.

Firstly, the type of fishing line you are using can cause it to curl up. Monofilament line is known to curl up because of its memory properties. This means that when the line is spooled, it retains the shape of the spool. When it is unspooled, it tries to return to its original shape, causing it to curl. Fluorocarbon and braided lines are less likely to curl because they have less memory.

Another reason why your fishing line may curl up is due to poor spooling techniques. If the line is spooled too tightly or too loosely, it can cause curls. It is important to spool the line correctly, with just the right amount of tension to avoid this issue. You can also use special spooling tools or techniques to help prevent the line from curling up, such as adding tension with your thumb as you spool.

Water temperature can also cause the line to curl. Cold water can make the line stiff, causing it to curl up. This is because cold water makes the line less pliable. If you know you’ll be fishing in cold water, it’s important to choose a line that’s less prone to curling and has increased flexibility.

Exposure to sunlight can also make your fishing line curl up. Ultraviolet rays can weaken and damage the line, causing it to curl, especially over time. When not in use, it’s important to store the fishing line in a cool, dark place.

When casting your line, it’s important to avoid “snap casts.” This is when you snap your wrist or arm at the end of the cast. This can put extra stress on the line, causing it to curl up. Instead, use a smooth, fluid motion when casting.

In summary, a fishing line that keeps curling up can be a frustrating problem for anglers. Paying attention to the type of line, spooling techniques, water temperature, sunlight exposure, and casting method can all help prevent this issue. By taking these precautions, anglers can minimize the frustration of a curling fishing line and increase their chances of catching the big one.

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