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Hi everyone what a great site glad to be a memeber.

I have seen the new red fishing line berkely makes and have fishing with it, but I was watching in fisherman the other day and they SAID they did a test on it to see if it really vanishes after three feet underwater. The people at in fisherman said that it does not but did not show them doing the testing. I was wondering if this is true or if berkely is not a sponser of them so they just trash talk them.

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Welcome aboard!

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There are articles regarding what colors fish can see in different circumstances, depending on the clarity, top water confusion from wind or rain and the time of year.

The red line is suppose to dissolve into invisability but a number of my friends say it does not.

The major advantage of red line is you can see your line easily as you fish it.  I have no idea of how the line line dissolves into oblivion in the water column so the fish do not see it.

A number of guys on this site use red line and they can give you their take on the product. I stick with clear or low-vis green.

Good luck.

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WELCOME!

I was watching a fishing show over the weekend and they were talking to an industry expert about red fishing line.  I actually think the guy worked for Berkley, but I'm not sure.  He said (as best as my recollection is) that unless you're fishing in tannic or muddy water, the red line does not become invisible, and the bass do see it.  I used red line for about 3 years and didn't notice any big difference either way in my catch rate.  I had no problems with red line, but decided to move back to clear and low vis green for my fishing line preference, simply becasue I only buy line when it goes on sale -- and those colors usually are clear and green.

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When I saw the red fishing line from Stren and Berkley I thought back to when I had my 55 gallon aquarium. I had an albino oscar and decided to buy him a tankmate. The fish I bought was a Driftwood Catfish. Nice looking fish but it hid all day long. When I went to my local aquarium supply store manager I asked about Driftwood Cats and he told me they are nocturnal and if I wanted to see him I should by a red bulb for my tank hood. I was curious and asked why. He told me something about the color red, fish don't see it. I didn't buy the bulb because I remember I had a flashlight with a red cover to it at home. I turned off the lights in my room that night waited a minute so I knew the Driftwood Cat would come out and shined the red flashlight in the tank. He was happily swimming about oblivious to the red light.I watched him swim for about half an hour, then I took the red cover off the flashlight flooding the tank with white light. The fish took off for cover and didn't come back out till after I put the red hood back on.

Thats proof for me that fish, at least Driftwood Catfish, don't see red.

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You guys are getting all hung up on the marketing hype of red line. It does not disappear. It may blend in with some stained or muddy water colors, but no more than green line does in green water. For clear water, the color red is filtered out by the water as the line gets deeper. The line itself is still visible but not in the red part of the spectrum. It may look brown to black as the depth increases, but it is still visible. The red line does not magically become clear when immersed. That goes for the red mono lines as well as the red braids.

Fish can see red.

Shorehugger, in your aquaruim test, try a red laser like those lazer pointers and watch the fish follow the red dot as you move it around. Your flashlight test only shows that dim light is less obtrusive to your fish than bright light.

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It does not turn invisible. It turns darker, if anything, black. This is with our eyes. I think they are assuming the fish "see" the way we do, but they don't.  Check out the book called, "What Fish See," by Dr. Colin Kata.. Dang, I can't remember his last name, but is a Japanese like Katayama or Katagama.

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