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Line memory occurs when you fish with monofilament fishing line. That's when the line begins to bind together when you reel it in.

Here are a few ways to help correct line memory. One is to place the spool of line in a cup of hot water. This will relax the line.

If you are on lake try this: Tie a 1- to 2-ounce bell sinker directly to your line. Let out half of the spool on your reel and troll about 2-3 mph for 5 to 10 minutes.

Another way to help reduce line memory is to attach a 24-inch leader to a barrel swivel from your main line and then use a duo lock snap to attach your lure. If you want to dramatically reduce line memory then purchase fishing line that is advertise as low memory line.

If you have a tip of the week email Mark Ward at captain@montanaoutdoor.com. You can listen to the captain's show every Saturday from 6 a.m. to 8 a.m. on KGVO 1290 AM and 98.3 FM in Missoula.