It may be a coincidence but afternoon , Tuesday 01- 05-2018 , I went fishing with 2 friends for some Redfin in a local lake . I always rig as Graham @grahroll advised using the 2 swivels . That really reduces line twist . /
I took my 2 side casts with me . One to cast out with 2 hooks in dropper pattern above the sinker . The other rod to cast various soft plastic lures around the deeper holes in the lake to see if I could get any takers . I ran a Texas style rig pattern for casting the soft plastics in and out . /
As Graham said running the 2 swivels helps a lot . Line choice is also important . I have tried them all over the years with varying degrees of success regarding birds nests . I now use Sunline exclusively on my Alveys . It sits well on the spool and is very , very forgiving on line layering on retrieves . I had no signs of birds nesting yesterday whilst casting the soft plastics . Maybe 50-80 casts in and out maybe more . Bagged 2 Redies on the lures and 7 Carp on the fixed bait
Just one last tip . Put some tape , I use surgical , on the finger you layer the line on with to prevent line rub and blistering . As a post script .This morning I ordered a new Fibre Glass spool 500bc Jetty Sport Alvey . May they go on producing reels for 1000 years ./
@obbigttam @grahroll @phbriggs2000 Thanks for taking the time to add to the post regarding your experiences with the Alvey Reels .