: What size line
I got a new open face spinning reel that I want to put Fireline on. I haven't used fireline before. This rod/reel will only be used for casting and jigging, NOT trolling. What size Fireline do most of you use, and do most of you use the florescent green or gray?
11-25-2002, 03:00 PM
I use the 2/6 for jigging and the 6/14 for trolling.
11-25-2002, 03:14 PM
Quick hint for first time braded line users. Be sure to start the first few raps with mono attached to the fireline. Or super glue the first few of the fireline to the spool. Sent two reels back once complaining that the drags didn't work. Seem the braded stuff was just slipping on the spool. Man was I embarrased.
Thanks for the suggestion.
You can also use a bit of electrical tape on the spool under the fireline. It'll be good and gooey if you ever take it off, so just use about a 1/4 inch wide strip around the spool to make the first wrap of fireline on. I've done that for a couple years with no problems.
11-25-2002, 04:13 PM
How do you calaculate how much backing?
11-25-2002, 04:52 PM
I use the 6/2 in flame green. I sat in a Scott Fairburn seminar 4 seasons ago and he convinced me to switch to the hi vis color. He said it will not spook fish but make it much easier for the fisherman to pick up a take. That method has proved out well for me.
how is the color holding out for you
I tried green when it first came out and after a short time it lost the green and was more white
11-25-2002, 08:21 PM
Usually, just a few raps with the mono will suffice. I actually like the super glue. Only leaves a small discolored area on the spool when you change again. Doesn't hurt anything.
11-26-2002, 06:29 AM
note-if you are ordering Fireline online and you want 6/2, order 6. The last time I ordered I ended up with the wrong stuff. 6/2 is 6lb Fireline w/ the diameter of 2lb mono. The last spool of 14/6 that I bought had dropped the "6" and was just labelled 14.
Thanks guys, I do appreciate the input.
11-26-2002, 12:00 PM
Just another tip. If you snag up, do NOT try to pull it free by grabbing the line. You will only cut your hands. Have a piece of 1" dowel along and wrap the line around it a couple of times, then use the dowel to pull on the line. I've been using Fireline since it came out and love the stuff. But I had to learn the hard way about the cuts. By the way, my favorite is 6/2 Flame Green. Good Luck!
11-27-2002, 08:42 AM
Another tip for breaking off both braided and heavy mono without hauling a piece of dowl rod along, or cutting your finger to the bone. Hold the line tight agains't the spool of your reel. Point the rod directly at the snag and stedaily pull it back and away form the snag. This does not cut or puts no pressure on any of the line guides or stresses the rod.
Heres another tip that may keep you from having to break off at all. This works best when fishing in river currents with rock strewn bottoms. When snagged downstream from your casting point, let a few raps of line float downstream past where your line is snagged. Just as the slac tightens from the current, give the rod a quick jerk upwards. This actually pulls on the snag from a different angle below it and very often frees it.
11-27-2002, 01:37 PM
Ditto on the point and pull. We also bring a leather glove and that will work also to put on your hand, make about 2 wraps and then pull. I use 8 pound for jiggin wallys on the 'sippi and also for fishing smallies all summer... flame green rocks, and the color stays with it better now - unlike the first smoke and when flame green first came out. We verticle jig in lots of current with lots of snags so that's why we use 8. If you don't have many snags then use 6, my dad likes it. I think he also uses 4 lb. for the same use but loses lots of jigs... Good luck, Chuck
11-27-2002, 04:38 PM
Yep..has faded to a light yellow almost white, still easy to see though.