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I always use a small black snap swivel. I don't think the fish notice. 

Your line twist issue could also be how your line was put on your reel. The orientation of the new line spool when reeling the line on makes a difference. When putting new line on a spinning reel I always lay the spool of new line on the floor in front of me and give the reel 5 or 6 cranks. If the line twists, flip the spool over and you should be good to go.

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In addition to what MP mentioned above, there are a couple more things that could be causing your line twist:

1) Turning the reel handle as the drag is going out from a fish or pulling against a snag.  If your drag is adjusted too loose, it’s east to do this.  If it’s too tight, you risk breaking your line.  It’s a delicate balance and some lines (like fluorocarbon) are low stretch and offer little forgiveness.  Mono is more forgiving, due to its stretch, but also less sensitive, for the same reason. 
 

2) Using your reel’s automatic bail pickup feature adds about 1/4 turn of twist to your line per cast.  You can avoid that by manually tripping the bail after each cast.  This doesn’t take much longer and saves lots of twist over a day of your making lots of casts. 

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1 hour ago, Diplomat019 said:

I never paid attention when i spool my line.  I think that will help out big time.  And i ws always apprehensive about using a snap swivel for wild trout, but i think im going to give it a try.  That should resolve the issues. 

It does make a difference on how you spool new line on a reel like MPHunter suggested.

For spinners of any kind I will use the smallest barrel swivel I can get away with. The barrel swivel works much better than the standard ones. Try to match it to the bait you are throwing. Not too big or small.

Wolc gave another good tip. Always open and close the bail on a spinning rod by hand. As he said, it really does help reduce line twist.

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When you go to spool up line and tie it onto the reel spool put a piece of electrical tape over it before you start reeling so the knot doesn't slip or spin around before the line starts taking onto the spool.  Also if it's twisting while putting it on flip the spool of line over that can help.  

I use jigs mostly for trout and don't often use a swivel but with a spinner it's not a bad idea. Plus it's much less of a struggle to change lures.   My eyes for retying suck.   But I try not to run a swivel esp for finicky or pressured trout.  

 

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On 6/22/2023 at 7:31 AM, MPHunter said:

 

Your line twist issue could also be how your line was put on your reel. The orientation of the new line spool when reeling the line on makes a difference. When putting new line on a spinning reel I always lay the spool of new line on the floor in front of me and give the reel 5 or 6 cranks. If the line twists, flip the spool over and you should be good to go.

^ this, and where you fishing @Diplomat019? are you in Mahopac for the summer or Florida?

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On 6/22/2023 at 7:13 AM, Diplomat019 said:

Any tips for stopping line twist?  I fish streams/creeks for trout.  I use a spinning rod and tie directly to my lure.  Would a snap swivel be too much hardware or am I over thinking it.  

Use braid and then use a barrel swivel. Then tie a leader onto the swivel then direct to your lures..

 

mono sucks 

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