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How To Choose The Right Fishing Line Color
Angling novices may think choosing fishing line is as easy as heading down to the store and picking up a spool. What they may not realize is the sheer number of options on offer. You could easily spend an hour browsing the choices in your local sporting goods store, especially if you don’t really know what you’re looking for - or at. This is time you could be spending actually fishing, so to help you out, here is a guide to choosing the right fishing line color. This should make it much quicker to fill your fishing box or Tackle Backpack and get you out on the water, where you really want to be.
When you choose fishing line, you need to consider the type and the weight as well as the color, but for now, we’ll just concentrate on the latter and you’ll be one step closer to packing up your nets and Angler’s Knife and setting off on your next fishing trip. Of course, fishing line color won’t matter that much if you’re just off on a little family trip, but if you’re planning to take your angling experience seriously, it might be a major consideration.
This is the Swiss army knife of the fishing world. A clear monofilament line will be all but invisible underwater and will suit most applications and locations if you just want to go for a generic option. If you really want to make sure that your line is not seen under the water, go for a fluorocarbon line. This is a good choice for extremely clear water when fish may be frightened easily by anything but the most unobtrusive line.
Clear fluorocarbon lines are touted as the best lines available in terms of invisibility, and manufacturers say it refracts light in the same way as water does, so it becomes virtually undetectable to the fish.
If you believe that clear fluorocarbon is invisible, then it is hard to see why you would bother with pink fluorocarbon line (how can you have something that is more invisible?), but it is still an option that is available to you. Manufacturers of this kind of line say that the pink tinge makes it even more undetectable to fish as pink will lose its color at certain depths beneath the water.
This is a line that is clearly designed to be seen. It is a high-visibility choice that can help you to spot movement while fishing. This is especially useful if you’re using bobbers, and it could also be neon green in color. Just remember that fish will be able to spot the line easily, so it’s really only going to be of use in muddy waters and even then, it’s likely to be a bit of a trade-off.
You would choose a green line if this is going to be the most invisible option in the water you will be fishing in. The aim is to camouflage the line as much as possible so as not to frighten away the fish. Green will still be easily spotted in really clear water, but it can be useful in the right settings.
Once again, a blue line can offer camouflage in the right kind of water. The trick is to choose the line that most closely resembles the color of the water you are fishing in. If it has a green tinge, go for a green line. If it’s more blue, that's your best choice. You may not think so at first, but most water is actually more green than blue, so this is generally the more versatile option if you are only going to go for one choice.
You may look at red fishing line and discount it immediately, thinking that there could be few more visible colors in the water. However, studies have shown that red objects lose their color when submerged. Nevertheless, divers report that red appears black underwater, so it is debatable whether red line offers the invisibility that you might want it to have.
This is the subject of much debate in the angling world, and you may have to try it yourself to decide which camp you sit in. Some fishing aficionados claim that red actually looks like blood, which can result in more bites, but there is no real proof that this is going to transform your angling prowess.