When it doesn’t hang by a thread

Lorsque ça ne tient qu’à un fil

Fishing, during the fighting, the only link that exists between you and the fish is your rope.

The amateur who goes to a shop or looking at the online selection for buying fishing gear will certainly be overwhelmed and will have difficulty making a choice there are so many fly fishing rods and reels and lines available. In fact, there are three big families, or those of the monofilament, the fluorocarbon and super son.


It is available on the market since the early 1960s. It is mainly made of granules of nylon, and the manufacturers can add powders specific, polymers, etc, following its extrusion, the machinery stretches the primary product to give it its shape and size final. Most of us have learned to fish with mono and we understand that under tension, it can elongate 15% to 30%. What is great about this, is that it forgives some errors during combat. He, unfortunately, has the defects of its qualities as it undermines some of the force of the strike.


A decade later, we have seen the emergence of a string of fishing made of polyvinylidene fluoride which is in fact a fluoropolymer thermoplastic. What is remarkable in this product, is that it offers an effect that is refractory to zero under the water. Fish therefore can’t really detect it and then it is easier to outsmart them. Then, contrary to all the types of ropes on the market, the fluorocarbon spacer in the water column rather than remaining on the surface. The only problem with the neon is that it stretches more than monofilament.

Super thread

At the turn of the 90s, the fishing world has experienced a dramatic revolution with the coming of the super sons manufactured fiber ultrarésistantes dacron, in spectra, in micro dyneema or other materials of any kind. In addition to having a diameter of 50 to 60 % smaller than the mono and the fluorescent, which allows lures to dive more easily, and better work, it offers an elongation factor almost zero which leads to cabinet direct, and powerful. Its silhouette dyed does not, unfortunately unnoticed in the eyes of the fish. It should therefore, ideally, the use by adding a lower line fluorocarbon of 90 cm or more to the latter. Thus, one obtains the best of both worlds.

Which to choose ?

I know a lot of the specialist of ontario Gord Pyzer. After working for 30 years in the ministry of Wildlife, he has devoted his efforts as editor-in-chief of fisheries for the reputed magazine Outdoor Canada in addition to help with teams of In-Fisherman and Real Fishing. This fisherman tournament, often referred to as the Doctor of the fishery, has been inducted into the pantheons of canadian and american.

At a recent meeting with the latter, we talked about the different types of wire to use based on the techniques and approaches made. Remember that this is advice, and that the proposed selection may vary according to the environment exploited, the size of the predators covered, your level of experience and your preferences for a product or a caliber.


Many amateurs do not own a single fishing rod to tease the all the species. They are then limited, because their pole is too stiff for certain approaches and too flexible for others. For such a scenario, we agreed that a super over 10 or 12 pounds, added to a long low line of 60 to 100 cm, and in the fluorocarbon of 8 pounds of resistance, would be indicated.

For the golden

To target these perch to the jig, I favor personally a super over 10 pounds, and a bottom-line fluorocarbon in 6 or 8 books. Gord, for his part, prefers to use a monofilament Ultragreen 6 to 10 pounds when the waters are greenish or Maxima Clear of the same caliber when they are translucent.

Lagging behind, with a fish-swimmer, I strongly suggest an excellent over 20 lbs, and the bottom-line fluorocarbon in 8 or 10 pounds. Mr. Pyzer ends occasionally mounting it with the 10 pound Maxima Clear.

For this is fishing with a walker from the background, we are convinced that an excellent over 20 lbs, combined with a bottom-line of 60 to 180 cm in the fluorocarbon of 8 or 10 pounds, fits perfectly.

For speckled trout

When fishing the char at launch with a spoon or other offering, Gord and me like we used a monofilament of quality 6 lb/test.

We agree also in the same direction for the trolling with a spoon, since we use a super over 10 pounds, equipped with a bottom-line fluorocarbon in 6 or 8 books.

For trolling with a small fish-swimmer, our opinions differ because this chic type gives preference to the monofilament line Clear or Ultragreen 6 lb, and, for my part, I swear by the fluorocarbon 6 pounds of resistance to this technique.

Fishing with micro jigs is very exciting when you use the equipment ultra light with a reel full of monofilament line 4 pounds or super wire of 4 or 6 books, with a bottom-line fluorocarbon 4 lbs.

For the next four species, we were in agreement on almost all points.

For the pike

Those who try to outwit predators with long teeth by making free throws would have advantage to promote the monofilament 20 pounds of quality. However, if you prefer to leave lying around your offering, a super over 30 books to help you better ferrer and to have more control. For these two approaches, a snood metallic will be a definite asset.

For smallmouth bass

If you have the intention to catapult fish-swimmers to react to these fighters, you will have the best results if you tie with the fluorocarbon of from 8 to 12 pounds.

The spinnerbaits and other offerings of vibration of the kind can be easily operated with a monofilament resistant to 15 or 20 pounds.

If you prefer to retrieve lures on the surface, you’ll get excellent performance with monofilament of 10 or 12 books, or the super thread 14 or 20 pounds.

The tube is very effective for the reaction of the small mouths. Tie it with a super over 10 pounds and a lower line of 60 to 120 cm in the fluorocarbon of 8 books.

For the largemouth bass

This species, which is fond of the seagrass, it can sometimes be difficult to dislodge them from their habitat. The use of a super over from 30 to 65 pounds is recommended for the flipping, the pitching and to the lures of the surface.

For all other approaches, the fluorocarbon of from 8 to 20 pounds will do perfectly.

Rental of rowboats

In these times of confinement, we can’t move away from our respective regions. If you want to tease the fish of the area 8, which extends all around the greater Montreal area, you can rent a boat with several companies, including : Outfitting Fran-Val to Saint-Zotique at 450 267-2096, fishing Center C. R. to Vaudreuil-Dorion at 450 424-4171, Outfitter Guy Mayer, Saint-Paul-de-l’île-aux-Noix 450 291-5329, Camping Sleepy Hollow in Noyan at 450 294-2717, Outfitting Laramée at Lacolle at 450 246-2383, Aventure Mille-Îles in Laval 514 463-1402, Marina Pointe-Fortune in Pointe-Fortune at 450 451-6665, Rental Rowboats Verchères Verchères at 450 583-3182, Centre nautique de Beauharnois (formerly Pancho) to Maple Grove in the 450 540-1134 and Rental Watercraft Sport Chambly, Chambly 450 447-0617.

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