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Old 05-29-2012, 12:35 PM
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Airflo Ridge Running Line Problems

I'm wondering if anyone has problems with Airflo's Ridge Running Line. Mine is always tangling in the guides and I'm spending more time untangling it than fishing.

I've only used Slickshooter and a homemade running line off an old fly line and have rarely had this problem with them.
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Old 05-29-2012, 02:18 PM
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I don't have that problem with ridge running lines--quite the opposite in fact.

It sounds like it might have a fair amount of twist in it.
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Old 05-29-2012, 02:24 PM
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I've had the same issue with both lines I have. More tangles than any mono running line I've used. I've tried untwisting the lines thinking that was the issue. Still super twisty.
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Old 05-29-2012, 02:38 PM
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When one buys a running line (any running line) there is no twists in it. Any twisting issues one has is a function of the cast and how one goes about the cast or in how one spools the running line on the reel.

If one has running line twisting issues one might want to purchase one of Mr. Linn's spey swivels. http://www.flyfishusa.com/lines/splines_home.html
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How you get the line out and fishing is personal preference so as long as it works and is easy no one should care but the caster. MSB

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Old 05-29-2012, 04:50 PM
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Personally I do not use Skagit heads, but have seen running lines twisted by them. No issues with a traditional lines and Scandinavian heads.
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Old 05-29-2012, 06:24 PM
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Here's an excerpt from Spey Page's sponsor Mark Bachmann's website.

"Most Spey casts involve circular motions with the rod, which have a habit of twisting the line. Some types casts may put a full revolution of twist in your line each cast. As you work down stream through a piece of water, possibly fifty or more revolutions in your line may result. Pretty quick your shooting line is so twisted that executing a cast without tangles becomes nearly impossible".

The link I posted above has the full article.
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Old 05-29-2012, 08:24 PM
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a little twist

Hey Poppy,
I believe his comment about line twist was prefacing a promotion of a
swivel. Have you used them and do they help? ( I know there was a recent
thread on spey pages recently about this swivel.) I surf fish 2 or 3
times a week and have found that line twist is often a result of not
casting out the full length of line in my striping basket. To eliminate that,
I reel in extra line before making a shorter cast. Before making my first
cast, I will strip out the anticipated length of line and hand stretch it.
These are sink tip lines, of course.
Best, and thank you Poppy for all you do.
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Old 05-29-2012, 08:49 PM
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Yes the comments from Mark's webpage are on using a swivel, which he does sell.

My point was/is lots of people get line twists which is a product of one's casting. Twists can easily be taken care of in several ways. Many people don't for whatever reason take care of twist in a timely manner and wind up with tangles. For some Mr. Linn's swivel setup might be a cure that is less bothersome then untwisting the line manually.

Line twists are never are fault of the line no matter what the brand.

I do get minor line twist but don't use a swivel. I just cut my fly off on the last cast and reel the line back in. I don't however use a head for most of my steelhead fishing. We are all different and there are many ways to solve this problem. That swivel is one of them.
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I recall reading that there have been AF Ridge SL with softer coating and it does tangle more.

I assume you didn't have tangling issue with other lines or when Ridge was new and you know the method where every new line loop in fingers must be smaller than previous one so smaller loop can not crab bigger ones when it runs out.

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I don't get a lot of line twist spey casting, buit that may be because I enjoy casting cachanded so much, that the on-side and off-side may cancel each other out.

I fish shooting heads a lot in salt with a sh rod, and use a modified Belgian cast a good share of the time, which seems to twist things up pretty consistently. As soon as I get an errant twist, I launch long cast so the running line's tight to the reel, put one hand on the fighting butt, the other above the stripping guide, and holding arms out straight with the rod in a loose grip, I spin it - well, til it feels like enough. When I think about it I spin it so the reel rotates out away from me, up and over, rotating it probably a couple dozen time. A couple/three times per day seems to keep the tangles away.
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Line twist

Cure for my twists....snake roll pick up.....
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Cure for my twists....snake roll pick up.....
That will work 'In Spades.' One other thing that come into play is a fly (poor construction) that's actually spinning rather than riding 'hook down.' (Or up depending upon the construction.)

End game is just to cut off the fly every once in a while and give the head a toss and feed out a chunk of your running line. Like mono, the current will straighten same out in a minute or two (amount of twist dependent).

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