No 3 – Selecting the correct line

Thursday, March 27, 2014
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No 3 – Selecting the correct line

Once you have your rod and reel selected, you will need to purchase your line to match your outfit. You will also need to decide what line will best suit the techniques you will be using the combination for.

Selecting the correct line for your combination is imperative to allow both the rod and reel to perform in harmony together. Basically if you use too heavier line for your combination you will not be able to cast the maximum distance that you could achieve with a perfectly matched line. And the opposite applies with too light a line where you will be able to cast long distances but you will lack strength when you need to fight and land big fish.

Achieving harmony between line, reel and rod will allow you the ability to use your rod and reel combination successfully for many different techniques. Your line is the one part of your combination that is attached to the fish so choosing the right one is vital.  

What Lines are Available

Basically there are 5 different styles of lines available to choose from with many hybrid blends thrown in as well. 4 lines are made for Baitcasting and Spinning combinations and 1 style of lines is for Fly Fishing.

  1. Monofilament Lines – This group of lines (many available) are the most basic of lines designed for fishing. Monofilament line is used by the majority of anglers across the world and can be used with every reel available. 

Advantages – relatively cheap (depending on brand) and very durable

Disadvantages – thick in diameter (compared to Fused and Braided lines) which hampers the amount of line you can have on your reel. The thicker the line you are using the slower the sink rate your lure will experience through the water column. This line has a considerable amount of stretch when put under pressure which hampers the amount of sensitivity you feel through the line.

  1. Fluorocarbon Lines – This group of lines (many available) resemble in look to the monofilament group of lines but fluorocarbon line differ in 2 distinct ways. Fluorocarbon line sinks and has very little stretch when under pressure.

Advantages – good material for leaders for Fused or Braded lines. Has very little stretch. Very good abrasive qualities. This group of lines SINK – which intern allow you to use lighter weights to gain the same depth in the water column. You can use this line as a main line like monofilament so you do not require a leader for connection lures or bait.

Disadvantages – Cost as some brands are quiet expensive and the diameter of the line compared to fused or braided is larger which hampers the amount of line your reel can carry on your reel.

  1. Braided Lines – By far the most used line by tournament anglers. Braded lines have small diameters compared to monofilament and fluorocarbon lines and have little or no stretch when put under pressure. Due to the small diameter you can put extra line on reels compared to monofilament lines.

Advantages – Very sensitive when fished over a graphite / carbon fishing rod. Reel capacity is increased due to the small overall diameter of the line. Very sensitive line

Disadvantages – your line will need replacing more often than standard monofilament lines. You require to tie a leader material to your braded lines to attach lures or bait. The cost of braided line are quiet expensive (depending on brand) but you gain many benefits for the initial cost. . You require some backing on your reel before spooling the reel (most tackle stores will spool your reel for you when you purchase the reel)

  1. 4.    Fused Lines -  as the name suggests; this group of lines are fused together under pressure and heat to form a line that has an abrasive resistance outer coating that encloses many fused fibers into one line.

Advantages – relative small diameter which aids in adding more line to your reel. Great sensitivity with very little stretch.

Disadvantages – this group of lines do wear with considerable use. You do need to replace your line more often than standard monofilament lines. Cost can be expensive with some brands.

  1. 5.    Fly Lines – Fly fishing in general is the most underutilized technique used by anglers for catching bass. This is due to the overall cost of purchasing all the gear that is required to successfully target bass in different sections in the water column and the amount of practice required to gain the appropriate understanding of the “Sink-rate” of your fly line verses the “Distance” casted as your line sinks through the water column. Saying that, many bass tournaments across Australia have been successfully won using this apparatus.

Advantages – you can deliver very small fly’s, relative long distances very accurately. You can maintain a depth rate when retrieving longer than most techniques used for bass fishing. Bass respond very well to Fly.

Disadvantages - Basically there is only two and that is cost and the time it take to master the casting and sink-rates

What Line to Choose

Every angler has a different opinion on what they believe is the best line to use for each technique. You need to try different types of line to see what you prefer to use yourself.

Most of the BASS Pros (including myself) use braided or fused lines on both Baitcaster and Spinning outfits. This allows the anglers to maximize the distance and accuracy when deploying lures to feeding Bass. The majority of anglers fishing tournaments use this style of line due to very low stretch and sensitivity which allows us to feel the slightest indication that a bass is about to hit the lure.

When using a Spinning or Baitcasting combination we suggest to use a braided or fused line as this will aid you when stating out in the sport of bass fishing.  Again stick to your budget as a good braided or fused line is relative expensive but at the end of the day this is what is connecting you to a fish of a lifetime!

If you’re wanting to get in the Fly gear its best to visit a Fly Shop in your State. Many shops will have a small Fly section but I believe it’s worth traveling to a shop that has a big range as the cost of fly gear can add-up very quickly. Larger Fly Shops will also have staff that can guide you in the right direction when starting out.

You can buy relative cheap ($150 to $250) combinations that will get you into the sport but most come with floating lines. Floating lines are great to target surface feeding bass in the early mornings and late afternoons but the majority of bass are target on sinking lines so you will have to purchase a sinking line on top of your fly combination. 


What’s Next? 

Next addition to the Beginners Section we will take a look at knots. What is the strongest and best knot for each line and what some of Australia’s top Bass Pros are using. 

Until next edition……………..

Gav Dunne