Ice Fishing Skills : Ice Fishing Skills: Choosing Line for a Jig Rod

Ice Fishing Skills : Ice Fishing Skills: Choosing Line for a Jig Rod


One of the most difficult choices when outfitting
a jig rod is to determine what kind of line you want to use and the choices out there
for anglers these days are endless. You can use everything from your traditional monofilament
which is simply a light clear fishing line, comes in various pound test, anywhere from
two pounds up to twenty pounds for ice fishing. It’s very good in some cases, and some lines
have very good sensitivity. The nice thing about monofilament is that it has a bit of
stretch to it so when you set a hook the line stretches, it allows you to set the hook well,
to not rip the hook out of the fish’s mouth. It can also act to cushion the hook and the
line when you’re reeling that fish in. Another alternative these days is what’s on this rod
and that’s called “Super Line”. It’s a braided line, this happens to be fire line. It’s incredibly
strong, it’s a thinner diameter than the monofilament line for the same pound test, so a fire line,
an eight pound test fire line, would likely be equivalent to the same diameter of, say,
four pound test monofilament. It’s very strong, it’s thin, it’s sinks much faster than monofilament.
The one thing about it is, is that it doesn’t have any stretch, so you have to make sure
that you have a jig rod that really has some good soft action and that you have to remember
that when you set the hook to set it gently so you don’t pull it right out of the fish’s
mouth.

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