October 31 2014
Q: Hi Italo. I love your show. Your videos are extremely helpful and as a result I caught my first decent steelhead this year. My question is about braided line for steelhead fishing. I am fishing for steelhead from 24” 56lbs to 36” 1215lbs in Conneaut OH from the lake shore in rocky water 815’ deep and in the river from 1’12’ deep. The water I fish in ranges from crystal clear to slightly murky green which I prefer. I have just moved from monofilament to fluorocarbon and now onto braid. I much prefer the braid due to increased casting distance and near elimination of tangle. I cast mostly ¼ to 38 oz Vibrax spinners Kastmasters spoons and jigs with a spinning reel. I was thinking of moving to hivis yellow suffix 832 braid in 10lb test with a fluorocarbon leader in 8lb test. I don’t want to lose the big steelhead but I want to maximize the bites. 1. Will the hi vis line spook the steelhead andor reduce the number of strikes 2. Should I use a much longer fluorocarbon leader like 6’ with a blood knot with the hi vis yellow or use the ghost or green colors of braid 3. Is 10lb test with an 8lb test leader sufficient to land a 1215lb steelhead if I hook one Any other suggestions on line combos for steelhead in my conditions would be appreciated. Thank You
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