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But all is not perfect, of course. Multifilament works best on conventional and baitcasting reels. On spinning and spincasting reels, the line's limpness can make for awkward manipulation, as it doesn't spring off the reel like monofilament. Also, going up in line strength while maintaining the same diameter requires careful use of the rod. If you're using an outfit rated for 6- to 10-pound-test line, and you spool up with a multifilament that has an 8-pound-test monofilament diameter but is rated at, say, 30-pound-test, it's possible to break the rod or crack the reel spool if you apply too much pressure. This can happen if your hook is irretrievably snagged on the bottom and your only option is to break the line. Pull hard enough with a screwed-down drag and the rod could shatter. (The solution would be to cut the line as close to the snag as possible, or use a monofilament leader that will break first.)

Also, knot-tying is more difficult with the multifilaments. The knots themselves don't cinch down as easily as they do on mono, and they are prone to slipping. Some manufacturers offer a type of super glue to apply to multifilament knots.

Finally, multifilaments are expensive, sometimes quadruple the cost of equivalent monofilament. This can run into a bit of an expense, especially considering that the line is so thin that you need more of it to fill a reel spool.

All things considered, however, multifilament's advantages outweigh its disadvantages for many situations, especially when fishing for larger species such as large-mouth bass, pike, pickerel, and many saltwater fish, with a conventional or baitcasting reel. That's my preference, and I use monofilament on my spinning outfits.

Knots for the Fumble-Fingered

While many pamphlets describe how to tie scores of different knots in line, the beginner can fish effectively by mastering just four of them. Not that others aren't worth knowing; the point is that you don't have to become familiar with them all to catch a fish.

Practice these knots at home so you won't waste valuable fishing time messing around with them. The Slip Knot

This knot is used to attach fishing line to a reel spool. Don't use this knot to attach your line to terminal tackle, as it is not an essentially strong one. Be sure to run the end of the new line backward through the rod guides first, so you can reel the line onto the reel

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