Wednesday, June 11, 2014

Braided vs Mono

Color - Smoke
In the world of fishing, there is nothing quite as important as the line that connects you with the fish.  Regardless whether you are a seasoned professional or the weekend angler, the type of line that you use is incredibly important as to whether or not your hook-up ratio will be high or low.  As time went on and my physical condition began to worsen, mono-filament line really no longer gave me the edge I needed.  There were many braided lines on the market and I began to try these.  They are all very good and give you low stretch will give you a better hook-set, however I found one in particular that I like a lot - Berkley Fire-Line.

Magnified pic of Fire-Line
 In the fresh-water environment, you rarely need higher than a 10-12 lb test-line because a braided line is super tough and nick resistant.  I have pulled entire trees out of the lake with the stuff.  But, what is really advantageous about it, is the line comes in a much smaller diameter than the mono-filament line in the same pound test which inadvertently tackled another problem entirely.  As my strength began to wain, I found I could no longer manipulate a bait-casting rig very well.  A good spinning reel proved invaluable.  I figured if a majority of in-shore saltwater fishing is done on spinning reels then certainly they can do the trick in fresh-water.  Spinning reels work best on smaller diameter lines than the bail of the reel.  Additionally, the lower diameter allowed the baits that I prefer to use to really get the greatest action out of them.

So, let's recap!  Get a good braided style line that you like.  Match it with a good rod and reel combo and you should see that all important hook-up ratio go through the rough!  One last tip or two - Because the braided lines are so tough you will need good pair of clippers or scissors made especially for braided line and remember that the higher the line test, the tougher it's going to be to cut.  The other real secret is to take your time in tying a good knot.  Try to make it really sit down on the bait or hook.  Once you do, it is almost impossible to break.  Lastly, the line is so tough that you need to make sure your drag-system is set correctly.  You can mess up your reel if your ego is too big to give the fish a little line.

- Scott Anderson

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