Fishing line

If you choose a spinning rod, you want to pick a line or two or three. Most reels have extra spools available and it can make a lot of sense to pick up a couple extras. Most trout fishermen run 4-6lb test line. There are a number of different technologies available for line and an entire book could be written on the virtues of each. The main goal of your line choice is to pick the least visible line (to the fish) you can that still offers enough strength to match your fishing abilities. If you are an expert angler, 2lb test line can land a 10lb fish; if you are new, you should still easily be able to reel in a 10lb trout on 6lb test line, especially with this book as a guide. Some anglers pick a clear 5lb test line and just run with it. Others have spool upon spool with varying colors, weights trying to find the best combination for the situation they are in. If you are fishing a clear creek, clear is a good option. If the water is a bit murky, then going with a brown tinged line could help reduce the visibility of your line.

About Fluorocarbon Line

This is the only non-normal monofilament worth mentioning when focusing on trout fishing. Fluorocarbon line runs about 3-4 times as much as its regular monofilament counterpart runs. The line has been used for years as the tippet or leader material in fly fishing but has begun to catch on in spinner fishing for one big reason: It is virtually invisible underwater. If you are fishing in shallows or clear water this can give you a huge advantage. However, the line is stiffer than normal monofilament and holds its shape in cooler temperatures, making it not come off the spool properly and affecting casting distances. There are reports that it is more brittle than monofilament as well. Normal monofilament will stretch quite a bit before it breaks adding a measure of shock absorption to the line if a fish suddenly takes off and your drag is set wrong or your prize winning trout turns suddenly and the line briefly gets caught on a rock.

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