I wind the excess line around my hand a few times, then wrap the line around itself and tuck it in. Not much trouble with tangles. I use tie outs on both ends for the ridgeline, with figure 9 biners. So far the tautline knot works well for me. I use the tautline to tie up my raft and I've never had trouble with slipping. The nice thing about the tautline is that is the water rises, I can easily tighten the line to take up slack. Same thing on the tarp line if it rains and gets slack.