Author Topic: Does fluorocarbon increase helicoptering??  (Read 250 times)


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Does fluorocarbon increase helicoptering??
« on: Jan 11, 2017, 03:40 PM »
I've been using fluorocarbon line and leader with a swivel 3 feet above my small jigs.  I've noticed a signficant amount of helicoptering, particularly when I haven't been careful enough in applying the plastic tail (and a spike).  I wonder if the stiffness of the fluoro increases the amount or speed of helicoptering in a case like this, especially compared to if I were using a very limp mono of about the same strength.  What are your thoughts?


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Re: Does fluorocarbon increase helicoptering??
« Reply #1 on: Jan 11, 2017, 03:48 PM »
Everything dropped down into the water will move in its own way.
A bare jig will move a little, a jig with a spike or rubber grub will move more.
The swivel, although designed to eliminate line twist, is more geared towards open water trolling and cast-retrieves.
You drop any lure down an ice hole, and it WILL spin. and when you reel it back up it WILL spin again! It's the laws of nature at work.
Water resistance causes lure movement, which is why a spoon flutter, spinning blades spin, and buzz baits buzz.

A swivel will only eliminate so much of the spin (line twist).

The only true way to prevent it is to lower your lure very slowly, which would be counter-productive when you spend most of your time just lowering your lures.
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Re: Does fluorocarbon increase helicoptering??
« Reply #2 on: Jan 11, 2017, 04:42 PM »
An inline reel and slow drop will pretty much eliminate it
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