By Montana Grant

Posted: April 12, 2019


What kind of line do you prefer? Monofilament, braid, Fireline, Spider wire, Hybrid, Suffix, Fluorocarbon, Dacron, or other variations. There is no shortage of line on the market. When choosing your favorite, you will need to consider several things.

REEL / ROD TYPE    Spinning rods can be more effective with mono or thinner lines. Spinning is about casting lures and baits. Boat rods can hold up to thicker braids, and heavier lines. These lines will not be casted but instead can drop and sink.

COLOR    Yellow, green, clear, dark, red, or white. Do some research and make a choice. The tippet section should always be clear. Fluorocarbon is a great choice. Thin but stronger than other monos.

KNOTS   Each type of line will require a superior knot. Some knots require a different twist, more time, or tools. Learn the knots that will be strong while weakening the line as little as possible.

DIAMETER    You want the thinnest, but strongest line you need. The thinner the line, the less likely the fish will see it. Lighter lines are also more sensitive.

STRENGTH       Not all lines stretch the same. Nylon lines will stretch more than braids. A little stretch can help set the hook and deal with the any breakage. Braid will not stretch and can quickly tear free from the fish.

EXPENSE    You should change your lines annually. Sun, heat, use, and wear will degrade your line quickly. This can get expensive. Keep your gear in a case when not in use.

NEEDS   If you are fishing for trout, you don’t need tuna line. Go with the lightest gear and line that you are comfortable with. A great rod and reel will also support the line. Your reel needs an excellent drag.

Once you select a line. Practice your casting and knots. The more familiar you are with your gear, the more fish you will catch.

Rip some lips!

Montana Grant

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