Bright fishing lines

Mike SchoonveldWhen I’m re-spooling the reels I use for Great Lakes fishing it’s a gala-looking event. The spools of line are a mix of bright yellows, greens, pinks, blues and reds. None of that crystal clear monofilament or dull green braid for me.

People often ask why I use the bright colors. “It’s called high-visibility or hi-viz, because it’s easy to see,” I tell them. “When you are reeling a fish up to the net, you can see the downrigged lines going into the water and avoid dragging your fish into them.” In practice, they still drag plenty of fish through the ‘rigger lines, but at least they feel bad about causing the tangle.

On planer lines, I use different colors on each of the sets on one side of the boat.

The bright colors helps me keep track of what’s going on, avoid tangles or at least determine which ones are involved when something does go wrong. I often color-code the lures/lines. Perhaps I’ll put red lures on the reel with red line, or particular type of lure only on reels with blue line. When I want to make a change, I know which set-up to grab.

If I can see the line easily above the water, the fish can see it just as well down below. Sometimes it probably doesn’t matter. When the fish are hot, they’ll nab a lure pulled with quarter-inch rope. At other times, I’m sure the fish will shun baits tied to hi-viz line.

So don’t do it. Learn to tie a double uni-knot or blood knot and put a clear mono or fluorocarbon leader between the bright line and the lure.

Give hi-vis line a try on a couple reels. That’s what I did one day long ago. The next time I went fishing, it was on all my reels and has been ever since.

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