JDM Nylon Line

JDM nylon line is in a class by itself. When I first picked up a spinning rod, back in the last century, I fished Stren line.  Everyone fished either Stren or Trilene. Now that I have tried Japanese spinning line, I wouldn't fish either Stren or Trilene if it was free. There's that big a difference! I don't get to fish nearly as often as I would like, and trying to save a few bucks on a spool of line just isn't worth it to me. Life is too short.

For years, I have been a dedicated line watcher. I never fish with clear lines. There have been many, many times when I have detected a strike by seeing the line move even when I didn't feel a thing. Face it, if you are reeling in a lure, and a fish comes up from behind and takes it but doesn't stop or turn sharply to the side, you might not feel even a tap. Often you can see the line move, though. That is even more common when fishing slowly with small plastics. Seeing the line move sideways, without feeling a thing, happens a lot more than you would think if you've only fished with a line you can't see! If you only fish by feel, you will miss fish.

I'm not sure that is the primary reason for the hi-vis JDM nylon line, though. Perhaps the major reason for hi-vis line is so you can see the flight of the lure and stop your cast when the lure is over your target. You definitely want to stop the lure's flight if it has overshot your target and is heading for a streamside bush. Save one sinking minnow lure and you have saved enough to pay for the JDM line!

The lines that Sunline has designed for fishing in the Areas (stocked pay-to-fish lakes) are either clear or smoke gray, or have alternating lengths of hi-vis and lo-vis line. On the one hand, the Areas get very heavy fishing pressure. On the other hand, though, when casting into a lake, you rarely have to worry much pinpoint casting, and almost never about the trees and bushes on the far shore!

Angler holding trout caught with spoon that had hi-vis line tied to it directly.Sunline Troutist Wild 3lb line, Tenryu RZI50UL-4 rod, Shimano Cardiff CI4+ C2000HGS reel, Daiwa Crusader 2.5g spoon, wild cutthroat trout.

I make it a practice to add some clear tippet to the end of the hi-vis line, just in case the bright line might alert the fish. I'm not convinced that it does, or at least, not convinced that it does all the time or in all conditions. Once while fishing a small stream in Montana I ran out of tippet so I tied the bright green Sunline Troutist Wild spinning line directly to my spoon. I kept catching fish at about the same rate, so the wild cutthroats in that particular stream on that particular day clearly were not scared by the line.

I still add clear tippet, though - a length about equal to the distance from the rod tip to just in front of the reel - just in case. Maybe it's like wearing camo clothes. It might not help but it sure can't hurt!

Sunline Troutist Darkness line spoolDarkness

Troutist Darkness

New technology: same strength with
smaller line diameter.

Low initial stretch.

Lo-vis line won't spook fish.

Smoke gray

2 lb - .104mm (.004")

3 lb - .128mm (.005")

4 lb - .148mm (.006")

6 lb - .185mm (.007")

Sunline Troutist Area Meister line spoolArea Meister

Troutist Area Meister

New technology: same strength with smaller line diameter.

2m smoke gray, 8m fluorescent orange, alternating. No need to tie on a clear tippet.


2 lb - .104 mm (.004")

3 lb - .128mm (.005")

4 lb - .148mm (.006")

Sunline Troutist Wild spoolSunline Troutist Wild

Troutist Wild

Easy to see.
Easy to cast.

Light green (very bright)
150m - $12

2.5 lb - .128 mm (.005")

3 lb - .148 mm (.006")

4 lb - .165mm (.007")

6 lb - .205mm (.008)

Varivas Sight Edition Line spoolVarivas Sight Edition

Varivas Super Trout Advance
Sight Edition

Green color for maximum visibility.
3 lb line meets IGFA specs.

3 lb .148 mm (.006")

4 lb .165 mm (.007")

Varivas Bait Finess Nylon Line spoolVarivas Bait Finess Nylon

Varivas Bait Finess Nylon
Specifically formulated to reduce backlash.
The high-density molecular bonding process makes the line stronger for its diameter.

Marked every 30 m so you can efficiently manage the amount put on your reel.

Extremely visible bright orange for better bite detection and to follow lure flight.


3 lb .128 mm (.005")

4 lb .148 mm (.006")

5 lb .165 mm (.007")


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