What are the main attributes of using braid over fluoro or mono?
Braid has less than 3% elongation which makes it incredibly sensitive to bites or any type of action. This also gives you the ability to get a feel for the structure or landscape of what you’re fishing. Braid is naturally buoyant which causes it to float, so it is perfect for fishing any topwater applications or situations where you need to watch your line as an indicator. The high-vis colors of our braid also pair nicely with the natural buoyancy, allowing for you to see the line clearly to...
What makes TUF-LINE different from the competition?
TUF-LINE is manufactured in the USA under strict quality regiments due to Western Filament being the only fishing line manufacturer in the world that is ISO9001 and AS9100 certified. This guarantees that every product that leaves the facility (even fishing line) must be approved to go into space. We also supply materials that go into the medical, automotive, aerospace, and industrial industries, along with high quality sporting goods and much more. This truly makes us the expert in the braid...
Which line should I choose?
TUF-LINE offers an incredible strength and diameter advantage over monofilament lines. When choosing a TUF-LINE to replace a monofilament line, it’s usually best to choose a TUF-LINE with comparative diameter to the monofilament. This might mean replacing 12-pound monofilament with 50-pound TUF-LINE. The benefit to this approach is maintaining similar handling characteristics to what’s currently comfortable. Sure, that’s incredibly strong, and yes, your days of breaking off fish and lures ma...
How do I get the braid to stop slipping on my reel?
Unlike monofilament, TUF-LINE has very limited stretch, a hard exterior and very little memory. TUF-LINE does not grip a reel spool like monfilaments do. The solution to any problems is found in how the line is spooled. Prior to spooling up with TUF-LINE, put a wrap of electrical tape on the empty spool. This gives the line something to bite into. Another option is to back the line with a few turns of Dacron or monofilament, which achieves the same result of preventing slippage. Wind the...
How do I set a drag?
If running TUF-LINE straight to a lure, set your drag to no more than 30% of the line’s breaking strength. If using a monofilament leader, recognize there is probably a drastic difference in the breaking strength of the TUF-LINE and a light monofilament leader, and set the drag to protect the leader.
Is it neccessary to put backing on a reel before spooling braid onto it?
For all spinning and baitcast reels, it is suggested to put some type of backing or arbor tape onto the arbor before starting into the braid. If you don’t, the braid will spin on itself around the arbor due to how slick it is. Another trick is to wrap a thin rubber band around your arbor evenly a few times, and then just tie on your braid and start spooling.
What is the best line-to-line knot for connecting LeadCore/MicroLead to a leader?
There are several knots that will work for connecting LeadCore and MicroLead to leader, but we reccomend using a Uni Knot or Double-Uni Knot. The trick is to break out a 4-8in. section of the lead by pushing up the outer sheath and pinching out the lead, then pushing the sheath back down. You'll then be able to use the core-less section to tie your knot. Many anglers prefer the Willis Knot for the LeadCore line. Like the previous tip, start by removing the lead from a 6-8in. section of...
What is the sink rate per color for LeadCore/Microlead?
The sink rate of our Lead lines is affected by many aspects mainly the boat speed, lure weight, amount of current, etc. Our standard rule of thumb is 5-6 feet per color sink rate, at a trolling speed between 1 – 1.5 mph. When trolling at 1.5 – 2.5 mph using a one ounce lure in no current; the typical depth will be 6 – 6 ½ feet per color, or 1.25 feet per 2 yards of line. This depth will be affected either up or down by .25 feet for every ¼ ounce of lure weight. At approximately 25 feet o...
What is the color sequence for LeadCore/Microlead?
Until recently, the sequence has been blue, pink, brown, teal, purple, red, yellow, green, black, and orange. As of 2019, the sequence is Orange, blue, pink, brown, teal, purple, red, yellow, green, and black. When we offwind the line, we reverse the pattern, starting spools on orange and having blue on the outside. When a fisherman puts the line on their spool, it will reverse again. The sequence was changed in order to have black as the first color off an anglers spool, to help with ste...