WON Landing Page OCT 2022

#FishOn with Marianne Huskey: Fishing Line 101

Walking into an outdoor store to choose the line that will go on your next reel can be a little overwhelming, to say the least.

Let’s start with some of the basics for … walleye fishing.

Marianne Huskey, fishing, line

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There are 3 main types of line used the majority of the time in walleye fishing.

Monofilament Lines

are soft and have the most amount of stretch to it. I use 10# Berkley Trilene XT Monofilament to spool my trolling rods, and regardless of the body of water I am fishing this is always the line on my linecounter reels. My trolling linecounter reels are spooled with new lines prior to each tournament.

Tip: One of the most important things about monofilament is that you should store it in a dark room during the off-season. Storing mono in the sun will cause it to rot and therefore should not be used the following season. 

Fluorocarbon Lines

are clear and have less stretch. These lines can withstand more abrasive surfaces than mono can and is much more durable. I use Berkley 20 lb. fluorocarbon to tie all of my crawlerharness leads and I also use this same line for leaders in clear water conditions.

Braided or Superlines

are spooled on my jigging and casting rods for walleye and bass. My line of choice is Berkley Fireline 10 lb test in high visible green color. I prefer the highly visible line to see bites, as well as to feel them.

Tip: On occasion when pitching jigs you will need to see a tick in the line telling you there has been a strike prior to actually feeling the bite. 

Marianne has quite a collection of fishing tips at The WON in her series #FishOn. You can read them all here.




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