Differences In Line Types Used In Ultralight Fishing


Now that we have discussed a few Must Have Baits For Ultralight Fishing, how about a discussion on the line types used to hold those things to your reel. The general rule on line type, is you get what you pay for. If you spend $4 on some fishing line, expect it to break … at the worse possible time. I am not telling you to spend $40 on a spool, but just know going into it, that if you buy cheap things, you get cheap quality.

Up to bat first is my favorite for Ultralight Fishing, is braided line. This stuff comes in high pound test, and still maintains small diameter ratings. The stuff I typically use it Power Pro 10/2 in the Moss Green. The 10 stands for 10 lb test, and the 2 means it has a 2 lb test diameter. Extremely thin. If the Moss Green color is too hard for you to see, try going with the yellow color instead. It is so thin, that I haven’t noticed a difference in bites between the colors, but yellow is a little bit easier to see if you are required to watch your line.

Braided Line is super sensitive, and has no stretch at all. You need this when ultralight fishing, because of the normal use of exposed hooks. Fish can spit the bait out easily, but with braided line, you feel that “tick” a lot more often. Then all you have to do is sweep your rod tip. Braided line has the best abrasion resistance. Watch around rocky areas though, as they do tend to have a weakness torwards rocks.

Remember though, with braided line, especially this thin, KEEP YOUR FINGERS AWAY FROM IT WHEN A FISH IS RUNNING, OR YOU ARE REELING. This stuff is like a razor blade when it gets moving, and you will get cut down to the bone in the blink of an eye if you are not careful.

The second runner up, and my second favorite is fluorocarbon line. This line right here has almost zero stretch, and virtually disappears underwater. I prefer using Suffix Elite 4lb test when the water is extremely clear, or the fish are weary of the braided line. The zero stretch does allow you to feel “ticks” more often, but with zero stretch, you have to make sure your ultralight fishing reels drag is set low enough that you don’t break the rod. Also, make sure you wet your knot with some saliva before tightening down on a fluorocarbon line. It can snap, or burn the line, weakening it. Flurocarbon line sinks, so use it when fishing baits like jigs, worms, spinnerbaits, crankbaits, etc.

Fluorocarbon line has incredible abrasion resistance, however on the smaller diameters, you still must be careful around sharp objects, and rocks. Be sure to check your line often, feeling for knicks, cuts, or gouges. If you find any, it is time to retie.

Third on the list is monofilament. This stuff is unique, in that it has a nice stretch, but still maintains low visibility in the water. It also floats on top of the water, which makes it perfect for topwater situations! When I am throwing buzzbaits, minnows, spooks, or other topwaters, I always make sure I am using monofilament, to ensure the proper action from the bait that I am fishing. The stretch comes into play when a fish takes your bait. With braided or flurocarbon having no stretch, you will almost instinctively pull the bait from the fishes mouth. Monofilament has a good amount of stretch to allow you to “feel” the fish before you sweep the hookset. Monofilament will get cut if the fish runs into the slop. Make sure you are fishing relatively clear areas if you plan on using monofilament line.

Last on the list, and one that I personally despise, Copolymer. This line is made up of some cheap stuff, almost junk. I have gone through a few spools trying to give it a good name, however, every spool had the exact same defects. When going to tie a knot with this line, you cannot tighten it down at all. As soon as you tug on the tag, and the spool line, it is going to break. Needless to say, I never actually caught a fish using this stuff. If it broke in between my fingers, I can only imagine what would happen if a bass’s largemouth and sandpaper lips rubbed it. Done for I tell ya!

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