Loop Knot Fishing

Braided Monofilament Backing Line
FILL a bait-casting reel with braided or monofilament line by threading your line through the guides, then letting the spool turn on carpet while reeling. Or, simply reel while the spool turns on a pencil. A bait-casting reel will not twist yom line in the loading process.

When fishing around weeds or obstructions that could cause fraying, use an abrasion-resistant line. However, these lines usually have a relatively high diameter for their strength. And because of their stiffness, they tend to spring off the spool.

Monofilament is not the best choice for setting 'the hook in large, hard-mouthed fish like muskies and northern pike. A low-stretch line such as braided dacron works better because line stretch does not dampen your pulling power.

Trollers often use special-purpose lines to reach greater depths or to indicate the depth at which their lure is running. Wire line, either single- or multistrand, is popular for deep trolling, but it can develop kinks which greatly reduce its strength. Lead-core line will not run quite as deep, but is less prone to kinking. Metered lineis color-coded, usually with a different color every 10 yards. When you hook a fish, observe the color on your spool, then let your line back out to that color when you resume fishing.

When choosing a fly line, yon must match the line to your rod and to your fly. Although level (L) lines are most economical, double-taper (DT) lines can be cast more delicately, and weight-forward (WF) lines can be cast farther.

Double-taper lines have a long, level section in the middle and an identical taper at each end. They roll over smoothly on the cast and alight gently on the water. When one end wears out, yon can reverse the line and use the other end. Double-taper lines are

popular for dry-fly fishing, where long casts are seldom desirable.

Weight-forward lines have a short front taper, a thick level section, or belly, and a long, thin running line at the rear. Weight-forward lines are designed for distance casting but also work well at short range. A special kind ofweight-forward line, called a bug taper, has a shorter, thicker belly and shorter front taper. Because a bug taper tums over with more power, it works well for casting bugs and other wind-resistant flies.

For eyen more distance, use a shooting taper (ST) line. The fly line is spliced to a rear section, usually monofilament, called the shooting line. An experienced fly fisherman can easily cast a shooting taper over 100 feet.

When fishing on or near the surface, use a floating (P) line. For deeper water, yon will need a sink-tip (F/S) or sinking (S) line. Most sink-tip lines have a 1O-foot sinking section at the front. The rest of the line floats. Sinking lines enable you to fish deepest because the entire line sinks. But they are difficult to control in current and to lift from the water when yon wish to cast.

Always wind on backing before spooling on your fly line. Most fishermen use 50 to 100 yards of 20- to 30-pound braided dacron. Backing insures that a big fish will not run out all of your line. It also prevents your fly line from forming tight coils, as it would if wound directly on the arbor.

Tips on Caring for Your Line

Tips on Caring for Your Line

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RUB silicooe tly-line dressing oo the froot few feet of a braided dacroo line. The fraying from coostaot castiog is reduced, so you do oot baye to trim back line as ofteo.

STRETCH your tly line to remove coils. Tie the leader to a tree, theo stretch the eotire lioe. Rub silicooe dressing oo the tloatiog portioo so it shoots through the guides easier.

AVOID leaving mooofilameot or tly lioes in direct sunlight. Prolooged exposure to heat aod ultraviolet rays weakeos mooofilameot and cracks the finish oo tly lines. 11

RUB silicooe tly-line dressing oo the froot few feet of a braided dacroo line. The fraying from coostaot castiog is reduced, so you do oot baye to trim back line as ofteo.

STRETCH your tly line to remove coils. Tie the leader to a tree, theo stretch the eotire lioe. Rub silicooe dressing oo the tloatiog portioo so it shoots through the guides easier.

AVOID leaving mooofilameot or tly lioes in direct sunlight. Prolooged exposure to heat aod ultraviolet rays weakeos mooofilameot and cracks the finish oo tly lines. 11

Fishing Loop Knot
THE DUNCAN LOOP is ooe of the most versatile fishing knots. It makes an excelleot loop knot, and can also be cinched to the attachmeot eye with a stroog pull oo the standiog line.
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