Monday, November 24, 2008

Fishing Line

Fishing can be done with the help of a hook, a line and a rod. Modern sport fishing can be classified into two categories; saltwater fishing and freshwater fishing. The most common strategies of fishing are called: bait fishing (often referred as still-fishing in North America and bottom fishing in UK), fly fishing and spin-fishing.

In bait fishing dead or live bait is fixed to a hook, with a small rod, a heavy line and a reel. The bait fixed to the bottom moves up and down attracting the fish. This bait can also be reeled mid-depth to lure fish that are located centrally. Most of the time anglers attach a leader in between the regular nylon and the hook. They also make use of Dacron line so that in case the fish attempts to bit the line it can be averted. You will find fishing lines in different diameters and strengths. Fishing lines are chosen in accordance with the type and weight of the fish that one is going to catch.

The rod that is used for spin fishing is much longer than the bait fishing rod. The rods used for fly-fishing are about 3m or 10 ft high and these rods are much lighter than the ones used for spin fishing and bait fishing.

The flies that are used for dry fly-fishing float on the water; on the other hand flies used for wet fly fishing sink in the water.

Normally a 17cm long line consisting of a hook made from animals' bone which measures 3-4 cms is used. The bone holds on to the stick due to fiber string and bees wax that is used. The 1 m cord that is attached to the tip of the rod allows it be submerged and pulled out from the water when a fish is stuck to it.

Normally branded fishing line lasts longer and the right line will always make you feel satisfied. Fishing line was made from linen, cotton and silk during early 1900's. These lines had washed, spooled and had to be spread out and dried thoroughly to prevent it from rotting.

While fishing in rough conditions pick a monofilament which is usually tough. For fishing in clear water select a clear, thin line. When fishing in undergrowth vegetation go in for thin and tough line and to avoid losing a big catch one must learn to fix the knots well.

By Ian Pennington

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