We’ve all had tangles in revolving spool reels. Whether from overzealous casting or because a newbie crewman dropped to the bottom without thumbing the spool, bird’s nests happen. Here’s a technique taught to me in my youth. It works about half the time, and don’t ask me why. Sometimes you have to do it more than once. So before you break out a crochet needle and a magnifying glass, give it a whirl.