As anglers one thing we can all agree on is that we have plenty of options to choose from in the fishing industry. Another thing we can all agree on is that fisherman are very opinionated as to which products we use and why. I feel like the reason for this is primarily based on confidence. Since we are all chasing such a finicky creature when we see results using something we tend to gain confidence in it and stick with it. Fishing line is quite possibly one of the most highlighted and controversial subjects around in this day in age.
There are three main options with a couple of sub divisions we have to choose from. Monofilament, fluorocarbon, braid, nanofil, and copolymer. To attempt to explain each one of these options in one blog would be almost impossible so I am going to break it down one line type at a time over the next couple weeks starting with the line type I personally use the most, fluorocarbon!
Fluorocarbon has a few key qualities that make it my primary fishing line choice. I love fluorocarbon for three reasons: Low Stretch: It's Invisible: It Sinks.
When I Use Fluorocarbon:
I personally select fluorocarbon when using any technique that is fished under the surface of the water, with the exception of fishing heavy vegetation. So basically anything other then topwater baits fluorocarbon line is my personal favorite. For fishing crankbaits I love fluoro so I can get my baits deeper based on it's sinking qualities as well as being able to feel everything my bait bumps in to with ease. For jerkbaits fluorocarbon allows my bait to suspend perfectly and reach it's maximum depth potential, while being able to feel even the most finicky bites. For texas rigs, carolina rigs, drop shot rigs, shakey heads, and any other bottom fishing technique you can think of fluoro is my choice based on the fact that I can feel every bite with the low stretch line as well as still maintaining the invisibility factor, which in my personal opinion will get you more bites throughout the day. The sinking factor is also very important for the reason that it allows you to have more direct contact with your bait while working it through cover, detecting bites, and setting the hook. Floating monofilament or braid will create a bow in your line which can hurt your efficiency when fishing in deep water.
While fluoro is a great tool for all of the other things I mentioned it is not good at all for topwater fishing because it will sink your bait, and does not work any where near as good in heavy vegetation as braid does. It also has a tendency to have more memory especially on spinning reels. This being said I still use fluoro on my spinning reels all the time, and with the proper technique and some good Vicious Line Conditioner you can do the same with great success.
I hope this helps and I hope you will read my next blog talking all about when and why I use monofilament.
I'll see you on the water!!!