Spool Up for More Fishing SuccessBy Bob Jensen - May 1, 2006
There are a few things to consider when selecting a line. The most important consideration is how it will be used. Will you be casting a lot, or mostly trolling? Will the area being fished have a lot of cover, or will it be mostly free from obstructions? How big or small are the lures you're using?
First of all, if you're using small lures, light line will be usually be good choice. You can cast small baits best with light line. If you're going to be jigging for walleyes, in many places you'll be using eighth ounce jigs, maybe a tad heavier or lighter, but usually right in that size range. Six pound test is just about right. Trilene XL, XT, or Sensation will do a great job in most situations. These are all monofilament lines. Go with the XT if you're fishing around rocks, XT stands for extra tough. XL is extra limp, versatile and very sensitive. Sensation has limited stretch and is very sensitive also. For me, six pound test XT covers almost any jigging situation for walleyes.
For some situations, a super-line would be a good choice. An example of a super-line would be FireLine. This stuff has no stretch, which provides for excellent sensitivity and solid hooksets. It is also much smaller in diameter than a monofilament in a similar pound test.
Let's say you want to troll crankbaits, and you want to get the bait as deep as possible. Ten pound test is about as light as you would want to go. Ten pound test FireLine is the same diameter as four pound test monofilament. The reduced line diameter has less water resistance, so the FireLine in ten pound test will run deeper than mono in ten pound test. That additional running depth will result in more fish caught in many situations.
There are lots of different fishing situations, and one line will work ok for some of those situations. But, if you want, you can select a line that will perform best in a particular situation. Think about the type of fishing you do the most of, then select the line that will work best for your style of fishing. You'll be a more successful angler if you do.