Since I started spey casting last winter I've been focusing on my form and casts and not so much about the pile of slack around my waders. Since my casting and the distance I'm shooting has taken leaps I'm finding myself trying to figure out how to manage my slack properly with my compact skagit. For instance, yesterday on the river;... Standing in relatively slack water I did fine just letting my slack hit the water and pile up. setup, cast, line would shoot, no problem. At the end of the day, on the best water we saw all day, i was thigh deep in current and the hydraulics wanted to suck the running line under. when i went to shoot my line, the drag killed my distance and I wasnt hitting the seam like i wanted. so i started holding loops of slack which half the time turned into birdsnests in my first guide.i tried holding all the strips in my hand, tried seperating several strips between different fingers. it was all kinda sketch, and typically resulted in a tangle. anyways, how do you manage your slack?