Fishing line technology has come a long way, years ago nylon fishing line was virtually all that was available, I’m sure everyone has used it or something similar at one stage or another. It was and still is for that matter referred to as monofilament line or mono for short.
Whilst it’s still used today it has definitely lost its popularity, due to the major advancements in fishing lines. These days fishing line has become hi-tech with lines being barely as thick as cotton but 50 to 80 percent stronger than monofilament lines.
These hi-tech lines are called gel spun or braided lines, both lines are made up of multiple strands of line spun or braided together to form one line. Braided lines are like a miniature rope and are formed just like rope.
Whilst gel spun line is fibres spun together to form one line. Both of these lines form a strong thin line that has virtually no stretch at all, this increases the sensitivity be a massive amount so much so that the angler can feel the smallest bite or a piece of weed hitting the line. The lines are usually a bright color to aid bite detection.
These lines being so thin allows the angler to cast his line out much further, and when fishing in deep fast flowing water the line is not affected by the water pressure as much. These types of lines are almost essential when lure fishing as the line is the angler’s link to his lure, the line is how the angler determines what’s happening to his lure and when to strike and try to hook the fish.
Fluorocarbon fishing line is a fancy name given to another essential part of lure fishing, fluorocarbon is very similar to the nylon monofilament line mentioned earlier but has the distinct advantage of being almost invisible under water. Most anglers will tie about a rod length of fluorocarbon to the braided line then the lure is tied to the fluorocarbon.
This serves 3 purposes , being invisible the fish won’t be spooked by the colored mainline, the fluorocarbon is much more abrasive resistant and it also builds in a bit of stretch or give so that hooks won’t be pulled out of the fishes mouths so easily. There are many brands of these lines on the market, all are quite good in their own way. For more information about these lines or other techniques go to http://www.ausbream.com.au
Written by Mark Goverd