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Sorry about all the question posts but I am fly fishing again after many years off and am really hooked (no pun). Anyway my question is why does my tippet become twisted? How do I correct this or if it happens to everyone does a leader straightener fix it?
 

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Usually a twisted tippet is caused by large bushy flies that catch a lot of resistance in the air during false casts and twist a lot before landing. Large dry flies with large posts or wings can cause this. Large leeches and woolly buggers can also do the same thing.

Not adjusting the timing of your cast while casting these large flies can mess with your tippet. Remember that larger flies are more wind resistant and take more energy to move, and you will have to adjust your timing to wait for them to catch up with your line before starting the opposite casting motion. Do it too soon and you will get wind knots or twisted leaders. HTH a little.
 

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Those same large bushy flies will often spin when trolling or retrieving them. To prevent this I usually trim the hackle on the bottom of wooly buggers and the like. this gets them tracking better on the retrieve. It also results in the fishg seeing a fly behave normally and thus more hook-ups (I believe).
 
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