I know, there’s no such thing as a wind knot, they’re bad cast knots (even when it’s blowing 30 m.p.h.). But if you want to blame the elements, that’s fine with me.

I will say, however, that I have never, in all my life, seen a tangled line mess get fixed by whirling and twirling the rod tip in the reverse direction after the disaster happens. It might be human nature to try and “undo” the problem with a spastic wobble, but I’ve never understood why folks do that. “Oh dang, I have a loop in my leader, let me … oomph … just … shake … fix that … wiggle, twitch … by shaking the rod.” Voila! The perfect cluster(knot)!

When I see the intricate, complex knots that result from an angler brain-fart and a sharp shake of a graphite stick, it reinforces my belief that this whole delicately balanced planet–indeed universe–may have resulted from a massive explosion.