He’s qualified for 29 Bassmaster Classics. He’s won two Toyota Tundra Bassmaster Angler of the Year titles. He’s also watched a lot of amateur spinning reel users come unspooled. â€œPeople fail to pay attention at the end of the cast,â€ says legendary angler Gary Klein. For him, avoiding dreaded spinning reel tangles is a matter of habit — the habit of manually flipping the bail closed.
Klein is adamant about the importance of making sure you manually flip the bail closed on any spinning reel at the end of the cast â€“ every single time — before â€“ he repeats â€“ â€œbefore!â€ — your lure touches the water at the end of the cast.
â€œAt that split second before the lure touches the water, there is still tension on the spool,” Klein said. “The line is tightly packed. When you wait until the lure settles into the water you’ve also inadvertently waited for slack line to form on the spool. Slack line forms loops. That’s where spinning reel nightmares start.â€
Quantum Product Manager and avid angler Chris Strickland said, â€œI completely agree with Gary. I always flip the bail manually to help prevent line twist. Quality reels like our Tour Edition ® and Energy ® series have a bearing in the line roller to help eliminate line twists and wind knots, but the best assurance for using spinning reels without frustration is to manually flip the bail at the end of every single cast.â€
Klein warns that anglers who fail to flip the bail will experience nightmarish line issues even more frequently with braid than monofilament. â€œMono has some memory, which allows it to repeatedly pack itself on the spool a hair better, but braid has very little memory, so every cast with braid is like starting from scratch.â€
And above all, manually flip the bail closed. Every time. Just before your bait hits the water.