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What's Your Line?
by Les Albjerg
I've been having fun with ultra-light spin finesse fishing for almost a year now. It has been a fun journey, but picking a line is frustrating. I have bought two of the Japanese Domestic Market lines that Chris offers. I have been pleased with both of them. However, I am still confused about lines. One fisherman who I have dialogued with this year who catches a lot of trout in streams with his ultra-light spinning outfit, advocates buying a quality high volume made line, and change out your spool every three sessions to avoid line twist.
I have two high quality Shimano reels. I have been playing with lines, and I am still not settled. I thought I was settled on Sunline Troutist Area Meister. However the last two times out I have had rats nests like you wouldn't believe! On my other reel, I have been following the advice from the fellow who changes lines. He advocates replacing your line every third time you go out fishing. I bought a 3,000 yard spool of Silver Thread AN40 Copolymer line in 4 pound test for this part of my working with different lines. So far, I have been happy with the results. Since he fishes 8-10 hours a day, I have modified his advice to changing every 24 - 30 hours of fishing.
I have also been fishing with PowerPro. It is a microfilament braided line. At 15 pound test, 4 pound diameter, you have to be careful about snags. One could damage their rod. Performance wise, I have had mixed feelings. The other line I have played with is Spiderwire 10 pound test, and 2 pound diameter. Both of these lines don't have any stretch, and I have found myself over setting the hook. The nylon lines have a shock absorber built in.
So, is there a perfect line? What are your thoughts and ideas about what line to use? What have you found are pluses and minuses is the lines that you use?
The hooks are sharp.
The coffee's hot.
The fish are slippery when wet.