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5 Quick Tips on Understanding Fishing Line

One of the most important parts of our tackle is our fishing line. There are so many brands, colors & sizes to choose from, but it really does not have to be that difficult.

Line Thickness & Spinning Reels

When selecting fishing line, line thickness is a very important factor to consider. If you are using a spinning reel for example, a heavy/thick line will not spool up very well & will not handle very well.

So if you want to use a heavy line on a spinning reel, you still can – you just need to be sure it is a thin diameter line.

Advantages of Thin Diameter Line on Spinning Reels

A thin diameter line will spool up nicely & cast off nicely. Also, the thinner the diameter is, the less visible the line will be to the fish… which is a big advantage.

Another clear advantage of thin diameter line is that you will be able to put more line on your spool. This is a huge advantage, as you can now buy a smaller reel & still have a large capacity of fishing line. Fishing with a smaller reel all day will also be less fatiguing.

Fishing Line Color

Fishing line comes in various colors. When considering line color, be sure to consider the color of the water you are fishing in. Clear line is best suited for clear water & your green based colors are best suited for “tea-stained” or murky water.

If you have a hard time seeing your fishing line & need to use a bright color, such as bright yellow fishing line, then be sure to tie on a clear – or fluorocarbon leader. Do not let your bright yellow fishing line go down to your lure or bait.

Braided Fishing Line

When using braided fishing line, always tie on a monofilament or fluorocarbon leader. Braided fishing line is great because it is a thin diameter line and you can get a lot of fishing line on your spool, but fish can see it. So always use a monofilament or fluorocarbon leader, if you plan on using braided line.

Fluorocarbon Fishing Line

Fluorocarbon fishing line is “virtually” invisible to fish and can be used in any water condition. It also has many advantages and although it is a bit pricey, it’s worth it!

Fishing line is a key component to consider, so be sure to keep these few tips in mind & get ready to have a great day on the water!

Until next time, good fishing,

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