The introduction of spectra or braided line might be the biggest advancement in fishing in the last 50 years. If you compare braid to the same pound test monofilament fishing line, you’d find that the diameter is significantly smaller. As a result, braid has allowed anglers to significantly downsize the reels used for any given application. Because braid has less stretch than mono, it’s made fishing-rod manufacturers rethink the action of their poles. For anglers, the sensitivity of braid allows you to feel the slightest tick of a bite. It’s abrasive quality is a boon whether you’re fishing the kelp line inshore or heavy grass on the lake.
One aspect of braid that you rarely hear about, though, is color. This Sport Fishing article gives you some things to consider when picking braid color.
Traditionally, bronze and green are great line colors for inshore saltwater fishing, says Mark Schindel, director of sport-fishing and outdoor products at Cortland Line.
Muddy substrate, sea-grass flats, oyster bottom and off-colored water help the line disappear, offering a stealthy approach to stalk fish.
“For offshore, especially when using multiple rods in the spread, high-viz colored lines make fishing easier,” Schindel says. “Let’s say I’m running three lines in an outrigger: blue, yellow and red. The color quickly lets me determine which rod was bit. With multiple hookups, different-color lines make it quicker and easier to direct the angler to the right rod.”
Photos: Sport Fishing (top); SoCal Salty (above)