Add new 'super lines' to your fishing repertoire
Over the last few years we have been introduced to many new types of lines like fluorocarbon and the new group of "super lines."
The "super lines" include lines like PowerPro, Fireline, Spiderwire and Iron thread. These lines are all no stretch lines that are extremely sensitive. They have way more tensile strength for diameter than the traditional monofilament lines. They all make a high visibility line as well as the standard stealth colors. The high visibility lines are mostly for jigging applications.
Some fishermen have come to prefer these lines in all situations. I still like my monofilament lines, but have found there are applications when the super lines really shine. One situation can be deep water vertical jigging. The small diameter line has less resistance in the water and is able to get lighter jigs deeper more effectively and has far more sensitivity. High current situations also make this type of line a good option.
The "super lines" have also taken over most trolling scenarios. Crank baits run efficiently and will typically dive deeper than they will when pulled with monofilament. Due to the sensitivity of the line, the rods will show the vibrating action of the crank bait. It is easier to detect if the bait has fouled, or snagged weeds or debris.
Due to the no stretch nature of these lines, you will be advised to fish them with a flexible tip rod and back the drag down so it slips easier than it would if you were spooled with a monofilament line. If you don't make these adjustments, you will experience lost fish due to hooks and jigs pulling out of the fish. The stretch of monofilament helps cushion head shakes and sharp pulls by the fish with fewer tendencies for the hooks pulling free. Some fishermen discover they need to adjust to a less aggressive hook set also, because of the no stretch nature of these lines.
These new lines can be good on the pocketbook as they will last longer than monofilament lines. They cost a little more up front, but will easily make up the difference. They also resist that annoying line twist that we are all familiar with the monofilaments.
The Fluorocarbon line offers a bit of both worlds of lines. These new ages of lines are more resistant to line twist and also have less stretch than the monofilament lines. The big advantage for the fluorocarbons is the stealth of the line in the water as it is less visible than the other lines. Some have figured out that they can combine these lines and benefit from both. They will take a couple of feet of the fluorocarbon line and tie it to the super line when jigging. They will use the super line on the main line and a fluorocarbon or monofilament line as a leader line. Fluorocarbon lines do sink, so be mindful in considering it for use in some of your fishing situations. You have to try them to decide for yourself the advantages and disadvantages.
These new lines can be used for many other things other than just fishing, as they are stronger than steel by diameter. Artists and handymen find many uses for them. I have tried all these lines and still have comfort and confidence in my monofilament lines. I have decided to just integrate the use of the new lines into my repertoire. I am slow to change, unless what I am doing isn't working, or I get to uncomfortable with what I am doing.