Have you stood back from the shelf at your local tackle store lately and
looked at all the fishing lines there are to choose from?
have over the years come in all types of colors, diameter, tensile
strength, and lately more highly technical properties. There are braided
lines, monofilament lines, super monofilament lines, fusion lines, and
lead core lines. These lines come in colors of green, gold, clear, blue,
yellow just to name a few. Some people swear by the line and others
swear at the line. Choices, choices! Where will it all end?
What is the
Answers to these questions are easy, especially if you think about where
you are fishing, what type of species you are fishing and what type of
presentation you are going to use.
If I am jigging I prefer to use a monofilament line that gives me some
stretch. The reason for this is that I am directly over the fish when
jigging and I want the line to give a little when I make the hookset.
This allows me to get the fish to the surface quickly and by adding
stretch to the formula the fish can run and yet not get off because
there is no slack in the line. Many fish are lost at the boat, so you
want a line that gives you some leeway at the boat and will help the
fish to stay hooked. The line that I use is not expensive line it is
simply Original Stren Clear Blue line. I do want my line to be abrasion
resistant especially while jigging in and around rocks. I also want it
limp so I can cast it a long way.
In trolling situations I will probably stay with the monofilament line,
but I may choose an 8lb. test rather than a 6lb. test. I again like the
stretching features of monofilament when trolling. The fish stays hooked
longer and I don't have to keep a steady retrieve on the fish. If a
person was to use super line or fused line you might be able to feel the
strike of the fish sooner, but with no stretch many fish are lost at the
boat. That is not to say that when you are trolling you should only use
monofilament line. I will periodically use lead core line.
I like lead
core line because it gets my lures down to the bottom and keeps them in
the strike zone longer. I have used lead core on open flats and it works
very well. It has a high tensile strength and very low stretch. Keep in
mind with the low stretch you have to keep you hand on the rod at all
times. When the fish is hooked it is a steady retrieve all the way back
to the boat.
A high-quality fishing line can mean the difference between a productive
day of fishing and a frustrating day of attempting to fish. Stren has
come to the rescue with their new line, Stren Extra Strength. It's
perfect for fishing heavy cover, for fishing structure or for going
after that once-in-a-lifetime record-sized fish.
Through the use of advanced research and development, Stren made Extra
Strength its strongest line ever. Strength in fishing line is defined by
tensile strength (breakload vs. diameter). Stren Extra Strength's
tensile strength exceeds that of other fishing lines.
This added strength translates into great knot strength, shock strength,
abrasion resistance, durability and castability. In addition, Extra
Strength is a low visibility fishing line so it won't spook the fish.
Its crystal clear color virtually disappears in water so fish don't even
know it's there.
The exceptional strength provides extra insurance against breakage and
lets anglers downsize the line to avoid further detection by fish
without the worry of line breakage. Extra Strength offers up to 50
percent extra insurance against breakage over what the label states.
Extra Strength is so strong that currently established standards don't
really apply to it.
If I am fishing for bass I might use Fusion line or Spiderwire. It has a
low stretch factor, but it has the small diameter with the highest
tensile strength. When you catch a five pound bass on these "super"
lines it feels like you have a 5 lb. bass in your hands. A word of
caution, if you are going to use these lines make sure that your rod can
withstand the additional shock to it without causing serious problems in
your rod. I know of at least a few anglers who had to replace rods
because they blew up their rods on hooksets.
Braided lines are like the "super" lines. They have been around for a
number of years and some people still use them for trolling. Others will
use this line for musky fishing. It is high in tensile strength, low
stretch, heavy line when it absorbs water, but extremely effective when
looking for a monster musky in the 30 lb. class range.
As far as color is concerned I use any clear monofilament. I have found
that most of the time fish are not concerned about color of line. Some
anglers would rather use a green to mask the presence of line, but I
prefer to watch my line above the water and therefore want to see where
it is. Colored lines have tendency to fade into the environment and they
get pretty hard to see. I would probably err in my favor rather than in
try to calculate if the fish could see it or not.
Of all the lines on the market today find a line that you like. Think of
where you are going to use that line. Match the line to the application
and then you can make a conscience decision as to what your line might be.
Late breaking news has just come in from Spirit Lake Iowa. Pure Fishing
has announced that it has purchased the fishing related assets of
Remington Arms Company, Inc. including the popular Stren brand,
effective February 10, 2004.
So what is the best line for you? The line
that meets your conditions and your fishing tackle will now be provided
by Pure Fishing which will include not only Berkley, Spiderwire and
SevenStrand, but now Stren as well.
Whether you are in the states of Alaska,
Delaware, Maine, Massachusetts, New York, Washington, Oregon, Idaho,
Montana, Minnesota, Wisconsin, North Dakota, South Dakota, Wyoming, Iowa,
Michigan, Illinois, Ohio, Pennsylvania, Missouri, Kentucky, Colorado,
Indiana, Virginia, California, Nevada, or New Jersey, there are fish to
If you are in one of the Canadian provinces of Ontario, Yukon, Northwest
Territories, British Columbia, Alberta, Saskatchewan, Manitoba, or Quebec,
there are fish to catch.
You might be trolling with cranks as your lure of choice. You might be
jigging with jigs. You’ll probably need rods, reels, some live bait
(crawlers, minnows, leeches), sinkers, leaders, and fishing line. More
often times than not, it takes a boat to get to those spots, as well.
Maybe you will be fishing from the bank or wading, however.
You may need fishing reports or maybe even a fishing guide.
This website will try to help you achieve the goal of catching bigger,
better, and more numerous fish.