Fishing is a great way to enjoy the outdoors and bond with your family, however, it can be quite challenging to get the fish biting at the end of the day. There are several factors that make fishing lines weaker and shorter-lived than their nylon or braided counterparts. Here, we will discuss some of the major differences between the various types of fishing lines and how you can determine which one is best suited for your needs.
Traditional Vs. Modern Fishing Lines
Traditional fishing lines are thicker, stronger, and longer-lived than their modern counterparts. They are also more susceptible to being damaged by water, weather, or any other natural factors. The fishing lines of yesteryear were often constructed with animal hair or bird feathers, which were later replaced by synthetic materials. While these traditional fishing lines usually have a thicker, silkier feel to them, they are still prone to breaking if used too frequently or in heavy winds. Additionally, they are not built to the same standards of today’s fishing lines. Traditional fishing lines often have a matte finish that wears off after about a month of heavy use. This makes them less attractive to catch fish with and, as a result, shorter-lived.
On the other end of the spectrum, you have the modern fishing lines. Made with various synthetic materials, these lines are thinner, stronger, and less susceptible to damage compared to their traditional counterparts. Just like with traditional fishing lines, using modern lines frequently or in high winds reduces their lifespan, making them less attractive for catching fish. That being said, modern lines do have their perks. For example, they are easier to dress, which reduces the likelihood of snagged fish and the potential for accidents. Additionally, they are more affordable than traditional lines. However, it is not just the material that makes a difference; it is the shape of the line as well.
Round Vs. Flat Fishing Lines
When it comes to fishing lines, round is always better than flat. This is because round lines are more streamlined and, as a result, are faster and more attractive to fish. When a fish bites on a round line, it feels more like an actual bite than a snag or something else that has been attached to the line. This, in turn, makes you more likely to catch a fish. Additionally, having a round line gives you more control over the angle at which the fish comes in for a bite, as you can pull more on the rod to turn it. This allows you to make more precise adjustments to hook angle and, as a consequence, increase your catch rate.
As appealing as round lines are, not all fish are created equal. Some species of fish, like the northern pike, are more attracted to straight lines. These fish prefer to come in for a nibble at consistent, frequent intervals. If you want to increase your catch rate with northern pike, you will need to go for a flat line.
Braided Vs. Twined Fishing Lines
Braided fishing lines are constructed with multiple, thin strands of fiber or yarn that are twisted or plaited together. The final width and thickness of the line depends on the number of twists or plaits. Braided fishing lines are often used for fishing in rough waters or big water where they can better withstand abrasion and fatigue. They are also better at resisting breakage. As a result of their durability, braided fishing lines are often used to troll for fish. They are also much more expensive than their counterparts, which makes them a more attractive option for serious anglers. Additionally, the material of the braided fishing lines is more tightly bound, which makes them less likely to break, even under extreme circumstances.
As appealing as braided fishing lines are, it is important to remember that they are still lines. Just like with traditional fishing lines, using them frequently or in rough waters reduces their lifespan. This is why it is important to use them only when necessary. When fishing with braided lines, it is also important to ensure that you have the right knots and that the line is of a consistent thickness. Poorly tied knots and excessively thin lines, especially in rough waters, lead to tangles, snags, and a significant reduction in the lifespan of the line. This, in turn, leads to poorer fishing experiences and less frequent fishing outings. If you are going to use braided lines, make sure that you have the skill to properly tie them. Otherwise, you will find yourself spending more time replacing lines than you will catching fish.
Choosing The Right Line Is About More Than Just Materials
Even if you are fortunate enough to catch a fish on your very first cast using the best available line, it does not mean that you can rest easy. Properly prepared fish need to be handled carefully to prevent breakage, especially while being cleaned. This is where experience and know-how come in. Properly cleaned fish spoil quickly due to the slime that is created during the cleaning process. Just because your fish is fresh does not mean that it is ready to eat. Getting it to market in a timely manner is also critical for the long-term preservation of your catch. Knowing how to properly store and prepare your catch is a critical part of being a successful angler.
When fishing with a group of people, it is important to agree on several things beforehand. One important decision you need to make is what type of fishing line to use. The answer to this question depends on several factors, most importantly, the size and type of the fish you are targeting. Knowing how long your fishing line is going to last is also important, especially if you are using a long-handled net or trawler. Another important issue to consider is how you want to handle your catch once it has been caught. The final factor you need to think about is how much you are willing to spend on a single piece of fishing gear. In the end, you should opt for a line that is strong, vibrant, and, above all, has a high enough count to support your chosen method of fishing, whether it is jigging for bass, casting for trout, or trolling for pike. Whatever your method of fishing, the right tackle and equipment will make all the difference between a disappointing day and an unforgettable one.