Angling Times (UK) - - ADAM PENNING -

My mate and I fish iden­ti­cally – same bait, sim­i­lar rigs and on the same syn­di­cate. I’d say we were were pretty evenly matched in abil­ity too, and yet he al­ways catches more than I do. The only dif­fer­ence in our ap­proach is that he uses a fluoro­car­bon main­line - could this be get­ting him ex­tra bites?

I have used fluoro­car­bon A main­lines a lot down the years and I do think they pro­vide more pos­i­tives than neg­a­tives. If you are fo­cused on any kind of dis­tance work then fluoro­car­bon is not go­ing to be your best friend. By their very na­ture, flu­o­ros are stiffer and more wiry than stan­dard mono and this makes them tricky to use for range work. There are some good ones about that are softer than oth­ers but none are quite as soft as mono.

For most of this sea­son I have been us­ing the new ProLogic HDC Spec­trum fluoro­car­bon and and this is by far the eas­i­est cast­ing ver­sion I have ever tried. It is limp and sup­ple straight off the spool.

The sec­ond as­pect to be aware of is that flu­o­ro­car­bons can be much more vis­i­ble in the water than nor­mal lines. They seem to at­tract sub-sur­face par­tic­u­late and al­gae like iron fil­ings to a mag­net.

It is of­ten the case that an­glers reach for the flu­oro first and fore­most be­cause of its per­ceived in­vis­i­bil­ity. But while it might dis­ap­pear nicely af­ter cast­ing, af­ter a short time in the water it can look like tow rope!

The main rea­sons I choose flu­o­ros are for the tac­tile feel (down to the slightly lower stretch than nor­mal monos) and for their out­stand­ing ‘sink­a­bil­ity’. Noth­ing I have ever used sinks quite like a flu­oro, and when sunk prop­erly, it is al­most like be­ing back­leaded! The other thing is that even when fished fairly slack, the re­sis­tance the line gives to a tak­ing fish is mas­sive. This is down to the re­ally high den­sity of the ma­te­rial and I think it likely that these two fac­tors (weight and den­sity) are con­tribut­ing to a higher suc­cess rate for your friend. When a fish picks up a rig at­tached to a flu­oro main­line, the drag and re­sis­tance from the line as it sags through the water is sig­nif­i­cant. I re­ally think that this helps to aid the process of hook­ing the fish and ob­tain­ing a good hookhold. Another point worth bear­ing in mind is that if you are drop­ping the lead quickly af­ter the bite then the fish can be left at­tached to a limp and fairly re­sis­tance-free line - in those few mo­ments it takes you to reach the rod, it could shake the hook out. The added weight of a fluoro­car­bon main­line will un­doubt­edly cause the fish more prob­lems, which can only be good news for us! On some venues, par­tic­u­larly small and in­ti­mate ones, fish can be very line aware. On this type of water, line con­ceal­ment can be an edge and while I tend to lean away from su­per-slack lines as they can neg­a­tively af­fect in­di­ca­tion and rig ef­fi­ciency, I do like a fluoro­car­bon, as it will sit very low to the bot­tom where it will be harder to de­tect. I have also had good suc­cess with fluoro­car­bon hook­links. The ma­te­rial of­fers just the right de­gree of stiff­ness and here we do get more of the in­vis­i­bil­ity ad­van­tage be­cause as the link is ac­tu­ally on the bot­tom it doesn’t col­lect sed­i­ment in the same way. To sum­marise, if the only dif­fer­ence be­tween you and your mate’s ap­proach is the fluoro­car­bon, I sug­gest you get on it – it could pro­vide a vi­tal edge!

Fish­ing with a prop­erly sunk flu­oro is al­most like be­ing back­leaded!

Suc­cess from a very pres­sured water us­ing a fluoro­car­bon main­line.

The new HDC Spec­trum flu­oro I have on test – I like this stuff a lot.

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