Since last year, I’ve become a bit of an arborist throw line evangelist. Arborist throw lines have made my wire antenna deployments so quick and easy compared with using monofilament fishing line or more complicated systems.
Since purchasing this arborist throw line last year, I’ve never looked back. The throw line never gets caught in tree branches, it’s reusable hundreds of times, and with it I can easily snag branches 50’+ above the ground to hang my wire antennas.
When I purchased my first arborist throw line, I also purchased this folding throw line packing cube:
While the cube folds into a compact triangle, it’s a little too bulky for backpacks I use during SOTA and other trailside activations.
A smaller throw line storage bag
A few months ago, I purchased a second throw line for backpacking and this compact Weaver Leather throw line storage bag (note: Amazon affiliate link).
If I’m being honest, I was very skeptical about how easily this bag would work in the field. One of the reasons my throw line storage cube works so well is the opening is large allowing the line to deploy without tangling. Packing up is so fast because the line can be flaked back into the cube in a matter of seconds.
Before purchasing, I was afraid the compact throw line bag might get tangled when being stored in such a small stuff sack. I was really concerned packing the line in the storage bag might take too much time.
I purchased the the throw line bag and a new throw line from Weaver.
At home, I did a full break-in of the new throw line (attaching it to a tree, stretching it to full length, then pulling it for enough tension that some of the bend “memory” is removed). Then I attempted to simply stuff the line in my throw bag–it took ages, because the whole idea of a throw line is that it doesn’t easily tangle. The line wanted to “spring” from the bag as I tried stuffing it in.
A much better way: The “Figure 8” stuffing method
After a field activation this spring, I received a game-changing tip from one of my subscribers
and I hope they step up to take credit! (Update: it was NW3S!–thank you!).
When stuffing the line back in the bag, wind it on your hand using the figure 8 method. I wind almost all of my lighter-weight cables and antenna wires in a figure 8 so that they deploy without getting tangled. I’ve been doing this for years and it works brilliantly.
I’d never thought about using this method on the arborist throw line. I was amazed with how effectively it worked.
I made a short video (thank you for requesting this, Scott!) to better demonstrate how I pack my throw line storage bag now:
This method works amazingly well and I can usually pack the entire line within one or two minutes.
Again, I’m incredibly grateful to the subscriber who first suggested this method!