Characteristics of Fluorocarbon Fishing Line
Good and Bad of Fluorocarbon Fishing Line
By Ronnie GarrisonThere are many kinds of fishing lines available. Fluorocarbon lines, a type of monofilament line,
have been used by fly fishermen for a good while but have been adapted
by bass and other fishermen fairly recently. This line is made by
combining a carbon base (polyvinylidene fluoride) and other materials to
form a line that is almost invisible underwater since its refractive
index is the same as water. Therefore it is very useful in clear water.
Benefits of Fluorocarbon Line
Invisibility Under Water
- Light goes through fluorocarbon fishing line the same way it goes
through water since the refractive index is the same for both. Fish
are often line shy,
especially in clear water, and invisible line helps overcome this
problem. In clear water you are more likely to get bites if you are
using fluorocarbon line. You can even get fluorocarbon swivels that are invisible.
Density - Fluorocarbon line sinks in water so it helps get your
bait down more quickly. That is positive when using a bottom bumping
lure like a jig or worm, and when fishing a crankbait.
Lack of Stretch - Most monofilament lines stretch but
fluorocarbon does not stretch much. So, on long casts it makes your hook
set more effective. It also helps with your “feel” of the cover when
fishing jigs and plastic worms, and you can feel a bite better.