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Fixing a Backlash

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You set your reel correctly for the bait your using, but the reel backlashed anyway. It can happen, a gust of wind, not seeing when the bait hits the water, or other causes can create a backlash and a mess. When this happens most people start trying to pick the backlash apart. This can take care of smaller backlashes, but if you have a real birds nest picking it apart can make it worse. 

To clear the backlash apply thumb pressure to the line on the spool. Next disengage the spool. With your free hand pull line off the reel. When you get resistance pull a little harder. If you can't pull anymore line, reel in about a foot of line. Then disengage the reel again and continue. Depending on how bad the backlash is you may have to repeat the process of pulling and reeling in a few times.

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# Greg Lester 2014-12-16 13:17
My dad was a master at getting an Albatross (our name) out of his Ambassador 7000 knotted up with 20lb. Ande Mono while we fished for Stripped Bass at The Fort Gibson Dam outside of Muskogee, OK. He would pull out his trusty black plastic hair comb and begin meticulously pulling on little loops of mono until he had the mess re-spooled and back casting his Jigs. Very seldom would he resort to doing what I used as a first option, cut-clear-re-sp ool. Bird Nests are a pain, but also were part of the experience I loved so much, fishing with my Pop.
# sokyfishing 2014-12-16 19:32
I never would have thought of using a comb. It makes sense, a backlash is a tangle and combs remove tangles. I like those old Ambassadors, the not so old ones too. They have style and are work horses. I have one that I will be rebuilding. Sorry, but I forgot the model.

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