Fishing Line Tips
Fishing line is the critical link or connection between the reel and your bait. “TEST” or strength of your line is determined by which species of fish you are going after. Replacing the line often is the cheapest insurance an angler has in securing his catch!
There are several reasons for your fishing line failing: Unseen nicks, cuts in the line from abrasive surfaces; Knot failure - poorly tied/incorrect knot for line or situation; Poor match of diameter/lb. test to species or lure; Reel drags set too tight; Rod action too stiff - not rated properly for line weight.
Replace/Refresh Fishing Line - Check your line regularly for signs of wear and refresh (cut off worn section) whenever necessary. When to re-spool your line: At the beginning of each fishing season; Before any tournament or contest (pros do!); Before any long-distance Fishing Trip; Anytime your line has been subjected to extremes of sunlight or heat.
Types of Fishing Line
- Nylon monofilament (Comes in standard and premium)Has the highest knot strength. the density is slightly higher than water. It is a great shock absorber with good stretch qualities. This is a popular choice for general fishing with the weekend and casual anglers
- Fluorocarbon monofilament (Main line and leaders) The fluoracarbon attributes are: Refractive index is close to water. It is virtually invisible to fish. It is more abrasion resistant than many nylon mono lines. This coupled with the invisibility makes it a great leader material. It has the highest density allowing it to sink and have the lures running deep
- PE braided superline (Fused and non-fused) The PE superlines are gel-spun polyethlene lines. They are three to four times stronger than nylon and fluorocarbon with no stretch. They have extremely small diameters at the same break strength and allow for lures to run deeper and more natural with greater line capacity.
Fishing Line Knots
The knot is the critical link between you and the fish and is the most common cause of line failure. Wet the knot before tightening, to reduce heat friction. Pull knots tight to prevent slippage. Then trip the "tag end" closely to the knot to keep from catching weeds and snagging. Three commonly used knots are the clinch knot, palomar knot, and the trilene knot.