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New line puts better spin on spinning reels

Spinning rods and reels are perhaps the most popular kind of casting and just plain fish-catching gear for area anglers.

With all that popularity, one of the most frustrating features of this simple, spool-out line casting system is that the line tends to twist. In fact, each turn against the drag of a spinning reel puts another twist in the line.

Most casts add a twist or two in the same direction. Anglers often have to let a casting line unwind from time to time. Or, if fishing in a boat or in open current, the line can be spooled out with no terminal tackle and allowed to unwind as the boat or current water untwists the line.

While we try to avoid product-feature reports on this page, Berkley's new NanoFil line has cured this major line-twist ill.

Berkley sent a sample spool of 8-pound-test NanoFil line a few weeks ago and I finally had a chance to test it out on a panfish run to Honeoye Lake on Thursday afternoon.

The line currently comes only in a clear mist version that looks like white thread in daylight. But underwater it blends like a mist. The other three rods I had strung with 4-pound test Berkley and other company-brand lines.

First off, diameters were about the same. When switching off on rigs I had to look closely to see if it was the Nanofil or another line. On purpose, I strung a small spinner bait -- notorious for line twisting -- on the rod with NanoFil.

The fishing was slow, the bright, sunny evening ended with a pelting thunderstorm, and about one small meal of bluegills and sunfish went into the cooler. But that new line was well worth the time.

Seems Berkley has combined features of monofilament and braided line; it's a filament that is neither braided nor a single-strand system. They call it "unified filament technology." Maybe a chemist might get that; I don't. But I can assure you that after 2-3 hours of casting that spinner bait came in without a twist after every cast -- even when the heavy rainfall started.

A special Nanofil knot is recommended for terminal tackle, and its fine diameter calls for a mono backing on most spinning spools. I backed the 8-pound and wound about 75 yards onto the spool. But a Rapala and an improved clinch knot seemed to lock the line into place.

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