Join Date: Dec 2014
Location: Northern California
Yep, warm water will do the trick. Not hot - you should be able to put your hands in it comfortably without an overwhelming desire to jerk them back out. Let it soak for a minute to get the temp up and then gently stretch it. Usually all you need to do is pull it from one end out of the water through your hands under light tension at that point. Of course let it cool laid out straight - don’t immediately coil it back up. If necessary rinse and repeat. Different line materials, I have noticed, sometimes require a little more effort at a given temperature, but I do this all the time. You can always raise the temperature progressively, but if it IS only memory, and not some actual damage like the core separating and twisting, then this WILL work. The technique also works great on coated shooting lines if you first remove as much of the twist as you can, but is especially useful for particularly thick parts that do not stretch easily. In the end doing it this way gently will probably be far better for the lifespan of the line than this using excessive force or friction.
“Gravity is a harsh mistress!”, The Tick