Fishing Lines (cont)

Last week we spoke about different lines and their characteristics.  To choose the appropriate line for each presentation you must consider all the variables.

One variable to consider is line diameter.  Line diameter is very important when fishing baits that dive or sink.  The smaller the diameter is, the quicker the lure will sink.  Large diameter line will create resistance and slow the baits sink rate or limit a lures diving range.  With this in mind you can use diameter to your advantage, and reach desired depths.  Also, when choosing diameter, consider how it will affect the baits action.  A limber, light line will let the lure move freely and a stiffer, heavy line will hinder the lures movement and take away from the action.

Another factor that needs to be considered is line buoyancy.  Does it float, or does it sink?  Monofilament floats, fluorocarbon sinks and braid is neutrally buoyant (or sinks very slow).  Obviously, when fishing topwater baits monofilament or braid would be the best choice.  Fluorocarbon will drag a topwater lure below the surface.  When fishing in deep water fluorocarbon or braid would be a better choice.  Fluorocarbon and braided lines cut through the water and monofilament does not.

With all this information it may seem like you would need 20 rods and reels with each line type and size.  This is where splicing line comes into play.

With braid spooled onto a reel as your main line you can splice in many different diameters of fluorocarbon and monofilament or, run straight braid.  With a handful of leader spools you can use the same reel for many different applications.  Just splice in the appropriate line for the presentation.

A good knot for this is the Alberto Knot, here is a link to learn to tie it.

How To Tie A Fishing Knot/ How To Tie An Alberto Knot/Fluoro To Braid/Mono To Braid
How To Tie A Fishing Knot/ How To Tie An Alberto Knot/Fluoro To Braid/Mono To Braid

30# braid works great for spinning gear and easy to cast.  Splice in 4# mono to fish a Kastmaster just under the surface for trout.  Splice in 6# fluorocarbon to dropshot in 60′ of water for finicky spotted bass or run straight braid to a topwater frog for largemouth in heavy vegetation.  This can all be done with one reel.

For casting reels 50# braid works well.  Troll for kokanee with a Rubber Snubber and a 10# monofilament leader.  Splice in 6# fluorocarbon and long-line a Shad Rap for rainbows or splice in 12# fluorocarbon and roll shad for big brown trout.  It is a great system once you get familiar with it, and using the right line will help you catch more and bigger fish.

Thanks- from all of us at Glory Hole Sports