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Choice of Fishing Lines

Prospective fishermen must have an idea of the fish they want to catch. This factor will normally give an idea of the average size of the fish. Fishing lines are made thicker for the heavier fish (the weight of the fish in comparison to the line is referred to as pound test.) However, from experience, I can attest that they can hold more weight than what is printed on the package. And, from personal experience, the more of a fight the fish puts up the more fun to catch them. However, you have options for how the line is made. Here it is:

Monofilament line is made of a single fiber. It is very low cost and comes in different colors. It does not offer a lot of UV protection from the sun and it can absorb water which either together or separate, these factors contribute to the line's integrity deteriorating. Most knots can be tied with mono-filament line.

Multifilament line is comparable to monofilament line but is braided for additional strength. It does cost more than monofilament line. Palomar knots are one of the best knots to use with multifilament line because of the fine braids in the line. It can be up to ten times sturdier than steel by weight.

Braided line is a thicker line. Historically, it is made of natural fibers. However, today it is made with synthetic fibers. It has a high rate of endurance against breakage. Be aware in the water it is opaque, thus the visibility is high to the fish.

Power Pro fishing line is about 20% of the thickness of multifilament line. It has more feel to it when catching a fish and a better rate of securing the fish on the hook with the jerk of the pole. It is a little pricier than multifilament line.

Remember, that on the reel the lines can be used single or in combination form of these lines.

Different Types of Rod for Different Fishing Techniques

Fishing may seem quite straightforward to the novice, from the outside, it may appear that all that a person needs is a stick, some string, and a bit of food, throw that in the water and catch a fish - simple!

Not so, there are many different styles of fishing, all making use of complex technologies that have been years in the making. For each fishing style, there are different tools - or fishing tackle, to use the correct terminology - understanding a little about the various types of equipment used in different forms of fishing is essential. Here we will discuss one of the most important pieces of equipment, the fishing rod.

The fishing rod is clearly essential when trying to catch fish - except in the case of commercial fishing, which makes use of industrial nets instead. Fishing rods come in a variety of different styles, depending on the type of fishing the angler practices, as well as their skill level. The length of the poles varies depending on the style of fishing, but they are generally between 1m and 5m long - and this depends largely on the distance needed to project the line into the water, anglers call this casting. To the fishing rod, we add a fishing line, which is secured along the rod, and let in and out by the reel; a hook, bait, or lure, are added to the end of the line - and this is the part of the fishing tackle that induces the fish to bite.

There are different types of fishing rod used for different types of fishing. In the UK, coarse fishing is a popular hobby. The sport of coarse fishing refers to freshwater fishing, in which anglers hunt for fish besides game fish - game fish include salmon and trout.

In coarse fishing, it is common to find carbon fibre rods. Carbon fibre comes in a variety of different qualities, and the price of fishing rods reflects this. It is usual for the most avid of anglers to spend upwards of £2000 on a decent carbon fibre rod. However, as a beginner, you should not be spending more than £200. The length of carbon fibre rods varies depending on the skill level of the angler, as well as on the distance needed to cast. Carbon fibre rods are lightweight, and this helps with positioning the bait in the water, casting is more accurate with a carbon fibre rod.

Next, we have fishing rods anglers use in sea fishing. Sea rods tend to be longer, heavier and thicker; anglers need weightier tackle to ensure that the bait and lure can sink to the necessary depths; salt water is denser, thus needing more force to penetrate. The most frequently seen sea rods in the UK are surfcasting rods; these are generally a lot longer than other forms of fishing rod as they need to be able to cast beyond the breaking surf.

How to Choose the Right Fishing Line

If you need new fly fishing line, or want to make sure that you've got the right line no matter what you're fishing for, then here's what you need to think about.

1. You'll want to establish what sort of fish you'll be catching with your new line. Will you be sea fishing? Will you be catching salmon or trout? Will you be fishing abroad, and be catching different fish to what you're used to here?

2. Knowing where you'll be fishing can help too. If you regularly fish the same spots, you'll know what sort of fish are to be found there, and how big they are. This will help you to determine what size and strength of fishing line you'll need.

3. How often you fish will also help you determine what line will be best for you. If you're only going to be fishing a few times a year using this line, then you're not going to get the same use out of it as if you were going to use it on your main rod, which you use every weekend.

4. Monofilament is probably the most common sort of line and is suitable for most environments. You might want a stronger line, such as an extra taut one if you're going to be standing in a river in your waders, and will be facing rough environments with rocks and other obstacles.

5. It's important that your chosen fishing line is easy to knot, and that you can do it at home, and with cold hands on the river bank. If your knots slip, or are hard to tie, then it can mean that you don't catch as many fish as you'd hoped.

6. The colour of your fishing line is important. You don want the line to be visible to the fish. When fishing in clear water, you'll need a clearline, but you'll want some coloured lines for when you're fishing in murky waters, and a clear line would stand out.

7. If you're confused by all the different sorts of lines, then why not see what lines other anglers use where you fish? They'll have their reasons, and their favourites, and be able to give you advice on what will work for you.

8. The length of your line is something to think about too. If your line is too long, then you'll be carrying extra unnecessary weight. If your line is too short, you might struggle to catch anything.

9. There are many brands of fishing lines to choose from, and you might have your favourites, or want to try something different this time. It's much better to choose the right line, rather than worrying about which brand to choose.

10. No matter what sort of fishing line you buy, you'll want value for money. There's no point in buying a cheap line that you'll never use, or compromising by choosing a lesser line in order to save a little bit of money.

Now you know what to look for, and what's important, you'll be able to choose the right fishing line

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