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Angling with the Best Line

July 30, 2014
By Darl Black ,

Even though nylon monofilament, fluorocarbon and braided/fused line (superline) have shared the line market for many years, many questions arise as to what is the best line to use. Some anglers get hooked on a specific type of line and believe it can be used for situations. I disagree. I use all three based on the presentation and type of tackle I am using.

There are a number of critical differences between these three lines, but I'm basically looking at four characteristics when I make my decision which to use: (1) manageability (how it lies on the spool and does it cast without tangling); (2) does it float or sink; (3) break strength; and (4) how much stretch does it have.

The stretch factor is related to the angler's ability to free a snagged lure; braid does not stretch, thus cannot be "sling-shot" free from a snag therefore I refrain from using braid around hard cover, but rely on it for soft cover, i.e. vegetation.

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Gamma Lines offers a wide array of fishing line for anglers of all types.

Nylon monofilament (i.e. nylon copolymer line and Gamma Polyflex) is more manageable than fluorocarbon thereby making nylon monofilament handles much better on small spool spinning reels. Because Gamma Polyflex is the strongest nylon line I have ever used, I rely on it in 4-pound test for the majority of my panfishing. And because nylon line floats, I use it exclusively with topwater baits usually 10-pound

Gamma Polyflex on a casting outfit.

Gamma Edge fluorocarbon is my go to line on spinning and casting equipment for any type of jig or rigging situation which requires baits to stay down near the bottom. For example, I use 6-pound Gamma Edge on my tube jig rod, and never worry about breaking off a fish. Action-tail grubs/swimbaits, worms, dropshotting, blades and jigging spoons are lures I use on Edge.

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Braid/fused no-stretch "superline" will be found on only a three of my outfits. First, my "frog rod" for fishing hollow-body frogs and swimming toad lures through matted vegetation. I also have a rod combo devoted to buzzbaits which has superline on it. Finally, I have a medium power spinning rod for drifting stick worms and soft jerkbaits in river currents, and for fishing wacky-rigged worms. In drifting baits in current or fishing slow sinking baits on slack line, the sensitivity and no-stretch characteristics of Gamma Torque braided line is just what is needed.

I trust this provides you some insight as to why no single line can do everything.

Gamma Lines, of Oil City, PA, makes a full range of fishing line: fluorocarbon (Edge, Touch and FC Leader), monofilament (Polyflex-copolymer) and Braid (Torque).

"Our pro-staff has taken advantage of that with extremely strong showing," says Gamma Lines owner Dale Black. Check out Gamma online at:

Darl Black writes the Northwest PA Fishing Report bi-monthly during the summer season. Find the report on the OVO website: and Black can be reached at: The fishing report is sponsored by:

PA Great Lakes Region tourism; Black Knight Industries (home of Gamma Lines) and Wiegel Brothers Marine.



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