This Trick Prevents Wind Knots, Line Twists, And Uneven Line On Your Spinning Reel


Hate wind knots and line twists on your braided line?

So do we!

And this cool video tip reveals a great way to help eliminate uneven line on your spinning reel (that will eventually lead to line twists and knots).

There are numerous ways that wind knots, line twists, and knots occur on spinning reels loaded with braided line, and one of the most overlooked causes is uneven line on your spool.

Here’s what happens when you have uneven line in the spool:

  • If your spool is sitting too high, the braided line will start to unevenly bunch up towards the bottom of the spool which will cause knots due to the line overlapping
  • If your spool is sitting too low, the braided line will start to unevenly bunch up towards the top of the spool which will cause knots due to the line overlapping

The great news is that there is a simple solution when you notice your braided line not being evenly distributed on the spool.

It’s simply to remove the top of the spool and adjust the washers as shown in the video.

It could mean taking away washers, adding more, or substituting for different size washers.

Note: Use nylon (or plastic) washer that will not rust or corrode. Now you know why there are washers in most of the new spinning reel boxes.

Trick To Prevent Knots Due To Uneven Line On Your Spool

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Kat Armstrong
Kat Armstrong
4 years ago

Great tip!!

4 years ago

Fishing spinning reels for 50 years did not know this tip, use mostly shimano reels never noticed extra washers, thanks

Jeffrey Wilson
4 months ago
Reply to  Joseph Simonds

This is 10000% true I just went and looked at my fishing ‘junk box’ and there were so many little baggies of washers and even an extra spool I had completely forgotten about.

Richard Devereaux
4 years ago

Wind knots on spinning reels with braided line are generally NOT because of washers on the reel. Spare washers provided with spinning reels are primarily to replace worn washers, not to “prevent” wind knots.

Wind knots on spinning reels with braided line (which should be infrequent compared to a baitcasting reel) are generally due to:
– incorrect initial loading of the braided line on to the spool of the spinning reel.
– incorrect casting technique and/or incorrect rigging of terminal tackle.
– very poor quality braided line.
– lesser quality reels (note Pflueger President reel in the video).

Be it fishing information or otherwise don’t believe everything you see on the internet.

1 year ago

Also it seems the more you implement the spool drag . After a day of big stripers on my trout rod , line twist requires me to troll a bare line behind the boat .

Tony Acevedo
3 years ago

Thanks for the feedback Richard.

(Update: I haven’t had a single issue with the Pflueger Reel after replacing the washer for the line to lay even)

William Eastburn
4 years ago

you replaced a washer with a thinner washer in your video; do ever or can you remove washer with out replacing it?

Tony Acevedo
3 years ago

You want to have some type of washer between the metal of the spool and on the shaft to keep metal from touching metal.

3 years ago

I guess I’m not the only one to toss the box (with the washers) in my excitement to get the new reel some action. I have a number of the Stradic 2500’s – now without washers. Any tips on where I might get some to replace the ones I tossed? I have a couple of reels that the line is wider at the top and/or bottom.

1 year ago


Michael Lupino
10 months ago

How do you stop the line from going to the top to leave an 1/8 inch or so? When I spool it goes all the way to the top, then back do you get that 1/8th ?

8 months ago

Out of curiosity, how come someone doesn’t build a reel that doesn’t need shimming? As in, machine the tolerances in the oscillation mechanism to be perfect out of the box. I find most reels I’ve bought (even Penn and shimano) to have very sloppy tolerances and poor line lay! I am constantly haunted by this issue.

John Lantz
3 months ago

Thank You very much for posting this tip! For over 50 years, I have never had to adjust the washers on my reel, until today. I bought 2 Piscifun reels, and while I was spooling them, the line bunched up significantly at the base of the reel while spooling 15# braided line. With a quick google search, I saw your post, and after swapping out 1 thick washer, for a thinner one on the base, the line spooled perfectly. So I guess an Old Dog, can learn new tricks. Thanks again and Happy New Year!

Last edited 3 months ago by John Lantz
Donald J serratta
30 days ago

Thanks for the great information on washers tip on my reel love your great video!!


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