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Ive noticed lots of different colors of lines on the market these days and there have been many arguments over it. Is there anything to it or is it a good idea to just stick with clear.

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I catch the same amount of fish on clear, as I do on green....IMHO..it really doesn't make a difference.

This would apply to stained, and clear water.

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Most of the times line color doesn 't matter to the fish, it matters more to me, one of the reasons why I am not a fluorcarbon fancier is beacuse until recently fluorocarbons were too clear for my poor eyesight and I lost the line against the background.

I use line color to differentiate lb test in my reels specially when I 've got two or more identical reels where the only difference between one and the other or to between reels spools is the lb test of the line that 's spooled in them, line color helps me differentiate with a quick glance at the reel, oh ... this one got 12 lb test.  ;)

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Although I don't think it really makes a difference,

here are a few suggestions:

Gin clear water:

Fluorocarbon or Hybrid green which blends almost perfectly

Stained:

Hybrid Purple Smoke

Pea soup:

Any green, including braid

Purely for aesthetics:

Silver reel = clear or white line

Black reels = purple smoke

Green reels = green line

8-)

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last year a buddy I were fishing for white bass using the EXACT same ultralight rod & reel, and EXACTLY the same lure (mepps zero) he had 6# flouro, I had black 4# fireline.  casting into the same school of fish (we were sight fishing, u can see 'em break the surface) he caught 3 times more fish that I did.  we then switched and I caught more than he did.  now I'm not saying its the line... but that was the ONLY difference that day.

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i usually use low vis green with mono and copoly and clear with flouro.

i plan on trying high vis braid with clear flouro leader this year.

anyone tried or heard any reviews on the berkley tracer braid?

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Much like bait colors, it only matters when it matters, which is usually a lot less often than people realize. On my waters I've been catching hundreds of bass with flame green Fireline tied directly to the bait without any leader. I also use regular fluorocarbon, clear, green and blue fluor. monofilaments, and yellow, smoke, green and red braids. I catch plenty of bass on all of the above, so do what seems comfortable or right for your waters or your peace of mind.

-T9

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Team9nine,

just curious, the lakes you tie braid directly to lure, how clear would you say the water is?

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Team9nine,

just curious, the lakes you tie braid directly to lure, how clear would you say the water is?

The average water clarity on the lakes I'm fishing ranges from 1.5'-3' typically, especially during summer with algae and plankton blooms, but toward the end of the season last year our water cleared up to the point of having visibility in the 4'-6' range. Even with the higher clarity of water in November and December I still had no problem catching bass on the flame green Fireline and red Power Pro braids. I didn't even bother throwing mono or fluoro those last couple months, or using a leader of any sort.

-T9

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Team9nine,

just curious, the lakes you tie braid directly to lure, how clear would you say the water is?

The average water clarity on the lakes I'm fishing ranges from 1.5'-3' typically, especially during summer with algae and plankton blooms, but toward the end of the season last year our water cleared up to the point of having visibility in the 4'-6' range. Even with the higher clarity of water in November and December I still had no problem catching bass on the flame green Fireline and red Power Pro braids. I didn't even bother throwing mono or fluoro those last couple months, or using a leader of any sort.

-T9

I'm in the same camp with T9.

I've used nylon monofilament line for most of my life (Trilene XL)

and when I switched to braided line (PowerPro) I began using a leader.

Early on, I used a fluorocarbon leader (uhh!), but soon switched to a copolymer leader (sufix siege).

Today I tie Fireline Tracer Braid direct to everything, regardless of water clarity

or lighting conditions. If there's any difference in catch-rate between using a leader

and not using a leader, it has eluded me.

Line color?

Line color is only important to me inasmuch as I can see the line.

Braid is very fine line and often difficult to see. Tracer braid is a little easier to see,

and I'm not even sure what colors they use. Bass eat rattleboxes, bullet sinkers

and large treble hooks; does anyone really believe they're afraid of line?

As I've often said, highly visible line helps fish to zero-in on the lure ;D

Roger

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