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Different Types Of Lines - New Studies Now Out



Posted Tue Jan 18, 2011 9:03 pm
Different Types Of Lines - New Studies Now Out
Well, right when we finally thought we had it figured out, along comes the latest findings from a long study on lines conducted at Oklahoma State University by Rudolph Miller and Fred Janzow, and now we again must rethink what types and what colors of line to use in different scenarios.

The largemouth bass in this study were presented different colored lines, one of which offered a food reward, and once the bass became conditioned to the reward, the food was taken away to see if the bass would still go to the correct line.

"The fish reacted to the line colors corerectly", Miller said. "The study proves with certainty that bass can discriminate between line colors".

Miller noted that during the testing, the bass did not go to the high=visiblity orange line as much as the other colors. It wasn't clear whether the bass couldn't see it or didn't like it but further tests with anglers using different line colors showed a much lower catch rate with the same orange line. This along with the tank tests concluded that the bass had a negative reaction to the orange line.

According to Keith jones, author of Knowing Bass:The Scientific Approach to Catching More Fish, scientists believe bass see colors in the red-green spectrum best. Studies at the University of Kentucky confirmed bass can discriminate shades in yellow-green and yellow-orange, but blues and violets tended to offer bass the most trouble.

"If Bass see mid range colors best, why would we think bass have trouble seeing low-vis green lines, or even camoflaged lines? Transparent blue-the color we normally associate with cheap monofilaments-may actually be the least visible!

Besides reducing overall light levels water acts as color filter absorbing some light wavelengths more than others, and the colors that are absorbed change depending on water clarity.

In really clear water reds are the first to be absorbed, but in water that is filled with decomposing material from plants the blues and violets are absorbed quicker, making reds,oranges and yellows more visible. Different water conditions should influence what color lines you should use.

In clear water, you want clear line, and in water that has a green tint or a lot of vegetation, you want a low visibility green line, and in muddy water even a high visiblity line shouldn't have any real effect on catch rates.

Jones and Norris also said that if an objects color is absorbed by water, it doesn't necessarily become invisible, instead it is seen as grey or black.Red line does not disappear, it just fades to grey as the light is filtered.

He said "red Hooks, lures,and beads have been used for decades by anglers to attract bass", "it would make sense that those things become invisible but still serve as an attractant"

Now in regards to Fluorocarbon line: It has the same refractive index as water, but that doesn't mean it is invisible! Later some line manufacturers started adding a green tint to the Fluorocarbon line similar to the low-vis green mono..apparently, invisible isn't good enough?

Fluorocarbon bends light at the same level as water, but that does not make it entirely invisible. The surface of the line is smooth, and may have a shine or sparkle to it. Tinting the line takes away some of the shine. Green tinted Fluorocarbon has out-performed clear fluorocarbon in all the field trials!

If you are burning a spinnerbait or bouncing a crankbait off off submerged structure the line could be bright neon pink and it would not have a huge impact on your success!

Whe you are power fishing it is much more important that you can see your line to cast accurately and detect strikes.

PURE FISHING may have the answer to a line that's easy for an angler to see and hard for a fish to detect--- SOLAR POWER

Berkley scientists borrowed a page from lens amnufacturers and added a photosensitive tint to clear line, creating TRANSITION FLUOROCARBON and TRANSOPTIC Monofilament.

When exposed to light, these lines become bright gold, but as water filters out the sun, the pigment fades to clear.

It takes 30 seconds to a minute for the color to change, depending on how much light the lines been exposed to. The gold is easy to see above the surface but it is hard to see below the water.

Take this as you will, but think about this in relation to the type of water you are fishing, and what type of presentations you are using when selecting the line this year in mono and Fluorocarbon both.

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