The Line Between You and Your Fish
Fishing line is an important part of anyone’s gear no matter what type of fish you are wanting to catch. A lot of people I meet seem to treat “the line” as the least important. When in all reality it is your “lifeline” between you and whatever you have caught on the end of it.
First decide what type of line you want to use, for instance, monofilament or superlines like braided or fluorocarbon. Each has its own characteristics as well as advantages and disadvantages.
Mono has been around the for a long time and is a staple product pretty much everywhere. No matter where you go a person can find it even in a time of needing a replacement line. It comes in a variety of colors anywhere from clear, pink, blue and green.
The type of fish you are wanting to catch should be a major factor when choosing size and color. For example, fish with excellent eyesight like the walleye or steelheads, you will want smaller tests strengths and low visibility. However, for catfish which is my usual choice when fishing, color doesn’t seem to matter as much.
Mono vs. Fluorocarbon
My flathead rigging consists fo 30# Berkely Big Game in solar green as my main line with a 50# leader. It’s tough, abrasion resistant and UV sensitive line, so when it is black-lit, it glows well and visibility increases to make it easier to see what’s happening.
My bait rods have Trilene XL in clear or cajun red and range from 6# to 10# test. With my “grab and go” rods, I stay with a #10 to #15 Big Game in moss green.
A benefit I have found to using mono line is its no particular on what kind of knot you decide to use and will handle abrasions better, unlike the superlines.
Superlines, like the braid, come in many colors and have an advantage which is strength to size ration as well as low stretch. A #20 braid, like Power Pro has approximately a 6 diameter. This will be less resistance in the water and be able to cut through vegetation. A disadvantage it seems to fray easily when in a rocky area and only a few types of knots will hold. I recommend either the Palomar knot or the UNI knot (more on knots in an upcoming blog) when using superlines.
Fluorocarbon has been used in saltwater but is now also making its way to freshwater. It is virtually invisible, abrasion resistant and has an overall toughness to get the job done. A disadvantage that I have come across is the memory and availability, but when using a leader these factors lessen. The reviews have been very good however I don’t find myself using it as much.
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