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The last column talked about some of the different fishing lines available. This one takes the next step and gives some ideas of where to use all this information when fishing.

To start, the most versatile of the lines is a monofilament like Trylene XL. This will probably be the only line most anglers, especially the younger ones, will need. It is inexpensive, easily found, very forgiving, and easy for knot-tying.

The right line weight is determined by what kind of fish the fisherman wants to catch. Fishing for pan fish in smaller lakes and ponds calls for 4-pound test line. It is very thin and will be nearly invisible to the fish, making it perfect for those spooky bluegills or crappies.

Fishing for some other species may mean spooling up with some 6-pound test line, but that should be as heavy a line weight as a fisherman should need. The heavier-weight lines, 8 to 20 pounds, are usually spooled onto bait cast reels for wrestling bigger fish like largemouth bass and northern pike and fighting through the denser cover where they like to hide.

The fluorocarbon and braided lines are really specialty lines for more experienced anglers and specific applications. The fluorocarbon line, because of its molecular structure, deflects light and is therefore basically transparent under water. This is really a great asset for fishing in clear water lakes or very lightly stained water. Some of the more advanced uses incorporate fluorocarbon line with braided line. It is possible to achieve the hyper-sensitivity of the braided line with the invisibility of the fluorocarbon by having 20-pound braided line on the reel and tying a 4-foot leader of 8-pound fluorocarbon.

These are all tools for the angling toolbox. Like a good craftsman, a fisherman needs different tools for different jobs.

Until next time … keep a tight line.