Join Date: Dec 2014
Location: Northern California
Jason, when I first started casting I had the twist problem, very badly and obviously, but it mysteriously went away almost entirely after about 6 month of practice. I'm not sure about the durability problem. That has not been my experience with the airflo ridge lines. The twist, if bad enough might be causing the durability issue, especially it the problem gets escalated to serious knots. I can't imagine how the durability issue would arise otherwise, unless you have to regularly yank it out from under a rock or are fishing in a fumarole, but that doesn't mean there isn't a way. But I suspect the issue may be connected.
As I mentioned, twists were a major issue for me once. I mostly use airflo ridge running lines as my favorite, but have tried many others. While I think maybe some lines might lend themselves more easily to getting twisted, I'd say it is a symptom of you and not of the line. The ultimate solution for "the twists" is going to be casting style and "line maintenance", and probably not in finding a new running line. The new running line thing never really helped with me, and the fact that many, if not most, people using the airflo ridge don't have the problem you are talking about does seem to strongly indicate it is not the line per se. OTOH, switching to a solid shooting line like mono will by default get rid of the separation problem. :-)
Your problem might not be twist, but I agree with some above that it might be. The twists will definitely lead eventually to tangles (and maybe even the separation from the core you experienced) as the line twists over itself. I do know that if you twist a flexible solid cylinder it will create shear forces between inner and outer layers. Why twists happen - short answer is I don't know. At various time I have heard, or figured out the following (full disclosure I have a PhD in Physics and I still don't fully understand it):
(1) Certain spey casts apply a net torque to the line. (2) When some people strip in they unconsciously apply torque to the line - check and see if you rotate your hand when doing this. The twist get trapped behind the stripping guide and eventually chaos ensues. (3) One of my instructor's opinion is that twists can come from the motion of the rod tip in the air together with the friction on the water as you strip in. He believes if you strip in with your tip in the water (also a sign that you are a bad-assed "serious" spey caster, according to him) then this will get rid of the twisting. (4) If by chance you practice on still water then that will increase the problem ten-fold - the reason being that both the avoidable and unavoidable twists in the line should work themselves out on the swing if all your running line is out and your rod is pointed directly at the line. Was a big one for me once, but the still water part doesn't sound like the issue in your case. If you line is still has a net twist after the swing and stripping in then of course when you rinse and repeat thing are going to get worse. But the issue resolves itself as long as all the accumulated twist untwists by the end of a swing. If you leave a net twist on the reel when you go home I suspect this might also have a cumulative effect in the line durability over time as well.
I'm sure on here we could add at least 1/2 a dozen more of these theories from other folks without trying hard. How did I get rid of them - not completely sure. I implemented attempted fixes for all of the above theories, and about that time I also started systematically making loops of running line in my left hand - line management. I realize this is a bit like the famous far side cartoon where the scientists are looking at a chalk board with the problem on one side, and the answer on the other- in the middle are the words "and here a miracle happens".
I do know that when my twist went away, my tangles went away too. If the tangles are causing the durability issues then maybe that is something to look at. But I could be completely off here.
Last edited by Botsari; 07-08-2015 at 12:49 AM.