Category: Fishing lines

Hi Italo, how are you? What are your thoughts on RED colored fishing line specifically? thank you!

Posted on July 22nd, 2022

Hi Dako, colored lines are nice to look at and some of the brighter colors more visible to see above the water especially in overcast conditions. No matter what colored line I use I try and tie a fluorocarbon leader for at least the last 14″ so that fish don’t see the colored line in clear water. Red is visible underwater as the other colored lines (orange, white, yellow, etc.). If you’re fishing for fish that don’t have good eyesight or you fish in murky water the color of your line does not matter….God bless you.

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Hi italo hows everyone doing? Its that time of year shopping online lollll i fish mainly rivers and fast moving water, i had a question about leaders do you match the line weight? Or can we go example 12 lbs leader for 8 pound test line?and also in which conditions whould be best to use a fluorocarbon line?thks for your time ,keep your line tight and fish wet thats my moto

Posted on March 27th, 2022

Hi Adrian, We are all well thank you. God is meeting all our needs. You don’t need to match the main line weight to the leader weight. For example many steelheaders use an 8lb test main line and down to a 4 lb. test fluorocarbon leader. Another example is anglers using 10 lb. main line may use up to a 30lb fluorocarbon leader when fishing for pike. Fluorocarbon as a main line in cold water/weather can stiffen up and make it tough to cast due to coiling. I would recommend you either use a monofilament or braid for your main line.

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Hi again Italo, i am surprised that you prefer high viz orange over high viz yellow monofilament in clear water for steelhead salmon. Do you think orange blends in better with the surrounding bottom and structue in a river perhaphs? I know that you use a fluorocarbon leader but still, orange seems brighter to me than yellow lol then again, i am not steelhead :) Thank you!

Posted on October 8th, 2021

That is just my personal preference. I think the high viz orange in clearer, shallower pools/runs may not be as visible as the high viz chartreuse, especially with bright skies…God bless you.

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HI Italo, what is your favorite high viz color for monofilament when fishing for salmon/steelhead?

Posted on October 5th, 2021

Depending on the light conditions and the color of the water I try and use a high viz color. Bright yellow is my go-to, but I also use bright orange. I can watch both well as I’m drifting to make sure the line is “mended” back up-stream, so it doesn’t drag the float faster then the current. In murky water I prefer the yellow line, in clear water I prefer the orange line. I think the orange line is less visible to fish holding in shallower pools than the yellow. With both I use a fluorocarbon leader at least 20” long up from the hook…God bless you.

 

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Why do todays rods come with so darn many eyes? It seems I”m always tangled or wrapped up in the tip or second eye, especially when using braid and jigging. It was never like that in past years when fiberglass was the go-to rod and carbon, boron and whatnot were unknown.

Posted on September 25th, 2021

The number of guides can really vary depending on the type of rod. For example, the average 7′, medium-action spinning rod can have 6-8 guides. On the other hand a long 11′ drift rod can have up to 12 guides and then there are both spinning and baitcasting rods that have many “micro” guides. The more guides there are on a rod, the more “torque” can be put on the fish as the line better takes on the bend of the rod and uses the rod power. When braided lines get limp from use it is indeed very easy to get the line wrapped around the tip and also the top guides. I guess it’s a compromise, limp braided line casts farther (no memory), because they are no stretch you get better sensitivity and better hook-sets, but you can also get some nasty wraps around the rod and even tangles that are tough to get out.

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Hi Italo, is there an advantage to using thinner line when fishing in current? I think thicker mono will get dragged more? I still fish, with a sliding sinker rig. Thank you

Posted on August 1st, 2021

Definitely. The thinnest line you can use is a braid. For example 30 lb. braid only has the line diameter of 8 lb. test monofilament line. Braid will be much more “hydrodynamic” in the water meaning the it will drop faster and won’t be affected as much in current situations. Also, because of the no-stretch you can also feel hits better and get better hook-sets…God bless you.

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Hi Italo, i never did buy that caliper for monofilament measuring lol but here is a website some fishermen might find useful and interesting.https://www.gamefishin.com/wa/features/linetest.php Lots of monofilaments measured and tested here.

Posted on November 26th, 2020

Hi Angler, thanks for sharing the info….God bless you.

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Hi again Italo, i am just curious, do you know where i can buy a “precision measuring tool” for measuring monfilament line diameter. I think most manufaturers don’t state the correct mono diameter on the box in mm. “Precision measuring tool” might not be the right name for the instrument lol Thank you!

Posted on November 2nd, 2020

Hi Angler,

The tool you are looking for is called a Dial Caliper , https://www.grainger.com/category/machining/precision-measuring-tools/dial-calipers .

Let me know how off the line companies are in their diameter measurements, maybe they need the link to purchase the Caliper.

Fish with a Passion. God bless you, Italo

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Hi Italo, i think i saw you use sufix elite line for trout in one of your videos. I use it too and i like it, it does have some stretch which is actually good sometimes. I just wonder if you know if this line is copolymer type? Appearantly copolymer is a better version of “old school” monofilament? Thank you!

Posted on September 11th, 2020

Hi Dako, Sufix Elite is an advanced monofilament that has J7 Micro Resin Technology. I mostly use Sufix Seige for steelheading since it’s strong and has floating principles which is desired for drift-fishing with a float. Fish with a Passion. God bless you, Italo

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Hi Italo, i have noticed that most salmon and trout “tippets” or leaders are clear but some do have a slight green tint. Somehow i think the green tint might be an advantage but am not sure lol What do you think?

Posted on September 5th, 2020

Hi Angler, Green water, green leader fine. Clear water, clear leader better. Fish with a Passion, God bless you, Italo

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