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Yeow! 17" Catfish by the Jefferson Memorial! Learn to Fish in 30 Seconds!

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Lines, Ties, and Errors, Oh My!

Lines are measured by how much weight they can hold; for example 12lb test would be expected to break at 13lbs; the tensile strength is therefore 12lbs. There are basically three types of line: monofilament, braid, and fluorocarbon. I can say nothing good about monofilament: it stretches, it has "memory" (comes off the reel looking more like a slinky than fishing line) and breaks easily. It is an ecological nightmare. Braid, on the other hand, is measured by its monofilament equivalent (say, 4lb test) but has another number telling what it's REAL tensile strength is; so 8/30 means that the line is as light & as thick as 8lb monofilament, but has been tested to 30lbs. The latecomer is fluorocarbon, whose brilliant advance is that it is invisible in water. It also is like braid in that there is no stretch and is sold with mono equivalent and real strength approaching braid. It unfortunately also has memory, but seems to forget more quickly because it is so thin.

I am impressed with a braid that seems to come with a teflon coating so that it flies off the reel, resulting in longer casts; it unfortunately is prone to twist with the bad result of knotting on itself. It sure is fun to fish though, when you are not picking apart knots ... [pic?]

In all the fishing meetings I go to, fishing guides/speakers say they fish with braid. I fish with braid, because I am not given $7-9 lures like the pros, and if I catch on something, I want to win. I can haul in a 20lb branch with my hook on braid - and keep it. I use fluorocarbon for leader material, for direct attachment to hook. I attach anything that cost $3 or more directly to the snap swivel ...

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