We all want the best chances for success on the water. That’s why we’ve put together the ultimate guide to finding the best fishing line! We are fellow fishermen who have created a comprehensive resource to help you determine what is the best fishing line for your situation. We’ve based this on both our personal experience and on research we’ve done over the years.
Fishing line is arguably the most important piece of equipment when it comes to success on the water. It’s what’s connecting you to the fish. That’s why it’s important to take some time and research what line you need before you go out and buy something. As with most things in fishing, the right equipment depends on the circumstances: What are you fishing for? Where are you fishing? How will you be fishing? These are just some of the questions that will determine what is the best fishing line for you.
Here is some general information about the different types of fishing line and which lines we would recommend.
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A week ago I found myself browsing through the fishing section of my local big chain sporting good store. As I came to the section of fishing tools, I spotted the braided line scissors, clippers, etc. I’m in need of something that will cut braied line and I soon spotted the Rapala EZ Stow Line Scissor. At a little over five bucks, I figured I would give them a try. The retractable design and size made these appear perfect for storing in the pocket on my PFD. Well, by the price alone, I should have known better.
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Shooting lines are a key part of shooting head systems, where the main weighted belly of a fly line (i.e. shooting head) is connected to a shooting line that lets the head sail to distance. Shooting lines were used originally by competition fly casters, who replaced the skinny but sticky standard running line on their fly lines with even skinnier and slicker monofilament to get maximum distance. Anglers quickly adopted shooting head systems, which let them swap out shooting heads of varying sink rates, using just a single shooting line, giving great angling versatility without extra spools.
Today, these two factors – enhanced distance and fly line versatility – have solidified shooting head systems as standard tackle for anadromous anglers. The shooting line is key to this system because it connects the angler to the shooting head, and most of a fishing day is spent handling the shooting line. There are three main categories of shooting lines (and some variants) to consider when choosing a shooting line.
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