WHICH LINE SHOULD YOU PICK?
It is one of the most common questions that can be found across internet fishing forums.
In order to answer it, we need to first answer the most basic question: where and how are we going to angle?
Small diameter lines
Whenever I am planning to angle in reservoirs with low number of underwater obstacles, I am choosing a fishing line with diameter of 0.26 to 0.30 mm. At such fisheries I can allow fish to fight by getting away farther, not worrying about loosing it due to any submerged snags. Sudden and aggressive turns are being compensated by properly adjusted brake of the reel and carefully chosen rod.
One of the biggest advantages of a thinner fishing line is possibility to cast farther and in a more precise manner. Individuals who admire techniques requiring long casting will surely appreciate that feature.
In such form of carp fishing, the Territory Crystal fishing line will be a great choice. Transparent, soft, with a very low stretch ratio. On top of that, the line has a fluorocarbon coating that reinforces it and makes it abrasion-resistant. Territory Crystal is my favourite choice for contests where bait boats are prohibited and the only allowed form of baiting, hauling and angling is through casting.
I tend to hear, especially from the less experienced anglers, that a thinner line won’t deal with large fish. It is an obvious nonsense. Last year, during a contest I was using the Crystal 0.26 mm fishing line and I hauled effortlessly fish often exceeding 15 kg of weight. Properly adjusted brake of the reel, adequate rod and careful eye on the fish movements allowed me to exhaust the prey in short amount of time and land it in my landing net.
Yet another aspect that can help us to choose a perfect fishing line is its colour. Wide selection that Mikado offers makes it possible to find even the most extravagant and stylish finishes of any product and fulfil needs of any, even the pickiest angler.
Territory Purple and Red Line have features very similar to the Territory Crystal, yet they stand out with a vivid and bright coating. Deep purple and neon-red look great paired up with Lentus – the legendary carp reel by Mikado.
While planning to angle at reservoirs that are more sophisticated and more challenging in terms of technique, heavily covered with reeds and filled with obstacles, I choose thicker fishing lines between 0.35 and 0.40 mm of diameter. My favourites are the Nihonto Carp Fluo and Territory Purlpe.
Angling in close range to submerged obstacles such as tree trunks laying on a bottom and slopes full of zebra mussels, I need to have more than just ability to power-hold a fish. I need to know where my prey is heading. As much as I am able to spot my transparent fishing line during the day, if the conditions are favourable, in a middle of a night it might not be possible to do so.
Nihonto Carp Fluo 0.40 mm thick is my choice for special tasks. While hauling, it grants you full visibility of the carp’s movements and makes it easier to untangle it from the underwater deadlocks. Well visible and insanely strong – that’s how briefly you can characterize this model.
Speaking of that fishing line, I get back in my head to a hauling that I will never forget. Hauling of a small, as it appeared later-on, yet nifty and strong carp.
“Summer dawn. Rig is placed among the submerged trees; sudden escape pulls me out of carp bed. Hauling is not an option. I get to a dinghy and depart towards location of the rig. I try to sense a direction the carp is heading by softly tensioning the line. Precisely at this moment I feel a sudden, sharp strike. I hit a large trunk with my dinghy and I start untangling the line. After a few meters that I managed to get loose, I find out that the carp made a turn beneath a main branch of a massive tree and again tangled the line around it forcefully. Freeing the fish from that deadlock seems hardly doable. I decide to harass the carp a bit to find out where would it go next. Tensioning the rig, I make a few slight flicks with my rod. After a while I notice that with each movement of my rod, a close-by bunch of reeds sways. I let a bit of a line loose and I move to other side of a submerged tree. Using a pole ended with a hook I manage to find my line. Finally, I make a call to cut the rig off, spool all the loose line back to the reel and tie two loose ends, leaving the vicious branch behind. The battle begins again and lasts for long minutes. After nearly an hour of a long and strenuous hauling, my prey ends up in the landing net. Carp is not huge – it barely weights 10 kg, yet the excitement that he made me go through will stay with me forever.”
Among others, that is exactly a type of special task that the Fluo lines were made for. Bright Colour allows to easily track and control movements of a fish while hauling it and having it tangled. Nihonto Carp Fluo is a fishing line that has never failed me, even in the harshest conditions.
Terriotry and Nihonto series lines
Territory Purple and Red Line – the most neutral lines that can be used for casting, bait boats, at simple commercial fisheries’ and in wild, difficult surroundings. Proper adjustment of the diameter of a line to conditions met at the fishery and adequate selection of remaining components are the keys to success.
Territory Crystal – a great casting line, especially the thinner variants. It allows to cast effortlessly for long distances with high precision. Thicker lines will work great at more difficult reservoirs, filled with solid obstacles. High abrasion resistance provides steady hauling even among plenty of submerged surprises.
Nihonto Carp Fluo – perfect for angling in harsh conditions, where spotting a fish trying to escape means everything. Besides great visibility, one of its biggest advantages is its high durability that shows up in power-hauling and dangerous situations such as tangles and deadlocks.
Nihonto Carp – black as a night. Has features similar to the Nihonto Carp Fluo, yet its colour perfectly hides the rig in a muddy surface of a bottom. Priceless when angling for large, careful carps and grass carps, especially in shallow waters.
All in all, the key to success is a proper selection of the fishing line, adjusted to the conditions at a fishery. Properly composed rig will not fail even during the heaviest haul at the difficult fishery.
See you by a water.
Mikado Fishing Team