Don’t skimp on your fishing line choices. Learn to make it last longer.
Fishing line comes in all different types, colors and of course prices. There are several great brands on the market and without playing favorites, here are the five things you should know about fishing line. These smart fishing line choices will help you save money and land more fish.
1. Flip it backwards
The line on bottom of the reel spool never sees the light of day. If your line is beginning to get worn or faded, reel that same line back onto another reel. You will have fresh line on a reel without having to buy another spool.
2. Diameter matters
Just because two different brands say 12-pound test on the box, doesn’t mean they are the same. The diameter varies greatly from brand to brand. Start watching the size in inches and millimeters instead of pound test.
The diameter plays a big role in how your lures act underwater and also how far you can cast. Put that high school math to use and start comparing diameters. This will make sure you are using the correct line for the job.
Another money-saving tip is to use plenty of backing before spooling a reel. No matter how far you can cast, you will not cast all the way down to the knot. Use old line to serve as backing before spooling up new line. If you fill a reel with backing half way to the top, the result will be a spool going twice as far.
4. Learn to love braid
Braided line is one of the best fishing line choices. It is strong, casts well and lasts much longer than monofilament or fluorocarbon line. Learn to love braid and use it.
If you are worried about fish seeing your line, use a fluorocarbon or mono leader. Join the two together with a Modified Albright knot and you will see the benefits. You can have the strength or braid and invisibility of fluorocarbon. The best of both worlds.
5. Buy in bulk
How many old spools do you have laying around with small amounts of line left on them? Most probably do not enough have to spool a whole reel. They may have 20, 3o, 40 or 50 yards, just enough to remind you of wasted money.
The solution is to buy bigger spools. Instead of the common 200-yard spools, try buying the 1000-yard spools. Sure, it will cost more at the beginning, but it will save you in the long run. For one it is cheaper per yard and you will only end up with one spool with wasted line instead of five.