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The other day I was at my local Wal-Mart stores sporting goods dept. and a gentleman was standing by the fishing line rack and he had this confused look on his face. He looked my way and read the logo on my hat and said, are you a guide? I said yes. Would you mind me asking you what line you use.
I said to him, sure but before you buy any line, there are some questions Id like to ask you. I ask my clients this as well, just to see how they choose the line they are using.
He looked even more puzzled now. Well, tell me what kind of rod and reel do you use, and what species of fish do you generally fish for. You mean I need different line for different species he said. I said not necessarily. He said he fishes for Bass and Walleye and Pan fish, and he has St Croix rods and Shimano spinning reels. I said, good choice of rods and reels as you will not have problems with your choice, brand name equipment normally lasts a long time, and if you have the right line, youll be satisfied with that as well.
I said, did you know that fishing line in the early 1900s was made from linen, silk and cotton. These lines had to be carefully cared for by un-spooling the line, washing it, and spreading the line out, and drying it thoroughly to prevent dry rot. I could see by the look on his face that I should just get to the point and not give a history lesson on fishing line. I proceeded to tell this gentleman what line I would recommend for his type of fishing.
For fishing heavy cover and rough conditions like rocks, pick a monofilament designed for it, usually designated tough, extreme or extra tough. Also try braids and fusion line. For fishing clear water, choose a thin, clear line. Fluorocarbon lines disappear underwater as they refract little light. Others are usually called extra limp, extra thin and other names that designate it as small diameter. For fishing vegetation like lily pads, moss and grass, try a thin, tough line. It can be a braid or a fused line. Names like Fireline, Spiderwire and Power Pro are all good.
For spinning and spin cast reels, choose a thin, limp line for better casting. It can be mono, fusion or braid. Bait casting reels handle most any kind of line, but stiffer line works well on them, much better than on a spinning reel.
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