If using a spinning rod/reel, you are going to get some line twist. At times, I have spooled the reel with braid and added a fluro leader using the Alberto Knot
, but I prefer not to do this with my drop shot.
I prefer to minimize line twist by doing the following:
1.) Make sure you are spooling the reel correctly. All of my spinning reels add the line to the reel clockwise. I make sure the line is coming off of the spool counterclockwise when spooling.
2.) Add line conditioner to the line when spooling it. I will put the line conditioner on a cloth and run the line through the cloth when spooling for the first time and I periodically do this while fishing.
3.) Only fill the spool about 75% of the way full with line.
4.) When you are fishing, always close the bail of the reel by hand instead of closing it by turning the handle.
5.) If there is alot of slack in the line after the cast, close the bail, pull the rod tip back to try to eliminate the excessive slack, and let the line tick against the index finger of your off hand while reeling in the slack.
6.) If you start to get line twist in the line, it will only get worse as you fish. When you have the opportunity, clip the line at the hook, put your boat in idle, and let out a little more line than your normal cast. Idle for a 1/4 mile or so, stop your boat, reel in the line using line conditioner, and retie.