Walleye fishing is very popular in the regions where they proliferate. Walleye fishing also requires certain gear and tackle considerations that differ from other species due to the nature of the fish. Walleye are known to be finicky fish when it comes to feeding, so it’s important to choose the best line when fishing for walleye
We’ll describe the different types of line and then give you our recommendations on which line works best.
There are three main types of lines on the market that anglers use. These three line types are monofilament lines, fluorocarbon lines, and braided lines. Each type of line fills a role and has a time and place when fishing. Let’s break down each line type, how they are constructed, as well as some pros and cons.
Most anglers, even those who fish at the most basic level, are familiar with monofilament lines. Monofilament is the most common type of line in the fishing world and has been around for a very long time.
Monofilament has quite a bit of stretch, while this is great for dampening the impact of a hook set and while fighting fish, it does affect your ability to detect bites by being less sensitive.
Monofilament is very affordable when compared to the other two line types, and that is a major perk for some anglers who have to spool a lot of reels.
While having low visibility in the water it’s not nearly invisible in the water like fluorocarbon, and can this can make the difference in heavily fished lakes that have ultra-clear water. It also has the lowest tensile strength per diameter thickness or poundage.
In lower clarity situations like fishing stained rivers and lakes, monofilament will work just fine, and even in clear water situations, you can get away with mono.
The cons of monofilament when it comes to stretch and strength is the main reason many anglers don’t use it as much, but the low cost is the reason I personally tend to still use it for many applications.
Braided line is like string, but very strong and very thin. It doesn’t stretch like mono or flourocarbon lines.
Braided lines are used for situations when pure tensile strength is needed, and compared to mono and fluoro lines, braid is far superior in this category.
Many walleye anglers will use braided lines in situations when visibility isn’t a concern, and strength is everything. Braided lines are also much smaller in diameter compared to fluorocarbon or monofilament lines. That means your reels can hold a larger quantity of it for the same strength of thicker lines.
All these factors make braided lines great for trolling applications, and on large bodies of water like Green Bay in Wisconsin, or Lake Erie for example. Many anglers will run a large spread of rods to cover vast areas of water quickly. Most will run braided lines on their trolling outfits.
When it comes to casting lures and jigging, fluorocarbon line is the best line of choice other than monofilament.
It’s similar to monofilament in that it is extruded into a single strand. Unlike monofilament lines, the molecules used in the material that makes up the line are more densely packed That makes the line heavier and stronger than monofilament lines.
Fluorocarbon line features high abrasion resistance as well as being stronger than monofilament of the same diameter, and has very little stretch.
This line type is great for Walleye fishing tactics like casting and jigging due to these factors, as well as the being virtually invisible when submerged, making it great for pressured or ultra-clear waters.
Best Line for Walleye Fishing
Now that you’re familiar with the different line types, let’s look at some specific brands that work best for Walleye.
Sufix 832 is awesome, and to be honest, it’s my go-to choice in braided lines.
The line is made using some very advanced technology and manufacturing, which starts with weaving 8 separate filaments together at 32 weaves per square inch by using a method that Sufix calls R8 weaving technology.
Seven of the strands consist of HMPE fibers and 1 is made of Gore-Tex Performance fiber.
The Gore-tex helps wick away moisture and keeps the line drier longer, and helps keep your casting hand dry as well, and the other 7 are for insane tensile strength and abrasion resistance.
And it comes in Camo!
PowerPro is a very popular brand in the braided line market and has been the preferred line for many anglers for a wide variety of species.
Powerpro has 5 times the life longevity of monofilament lines and is 10 times stronger than steel in terms of tensile strength. It has the ability like other braided lines to last 2 or 3 seasons before needing to be changed out.
Seaguar has great flexibility which also means it has great castability.
The great thing that can be said for many fluorocarbon lines, InvizX is virtually invisible underwater, so you can expect line shy fish like walleye to bite in heavily pressured waters or in clear water fishing situations.
InvisX also has amazing abrasion resistance and strength, being overall a tough line that can stand up to the rigors of fishing heavy cover.
P-line is a standard for anglers for a wide variety of species, and like the other brands mentioned above, is one of the top fluorocarbon lines on the market. It’s extruded from some of the highest quality fluorocarbon crystals available.
This standard in high quality makes P-line some of the strongest and abrasion-resistant fluorocarbon lines there are.
This line like other fluorocarbon lines is very hard to see underwater, in this case, P-line is pretty much invisible to fish due to the type of fluorocarbon used.
There probably aren’t too many anglers out there that haven’t used Trilene at some point in their lives. It’s incredibly popular, and for good reason, Trilene XL is great for long-distance casting due to its supple and flexible nature, making it super smooth to cast and retrieve.
The tensile strength is pretty good for a monofilament line as well, and kinking and knotting are low to non-existent.
Coupling the advantages of this line and the price of it compared to other monofilaments is the reason for its popularity.
Sufix superiors is a monofilament line is made with copolymer nylon fused into the monofilament, making it pretty unique in the monofilament market.
This blending gives the line exceptional performance when compared to other monofilament lines, with strength that is much greater than that of other mono lines along with increased abrasion resistance.
Sufix superior has been designed to have a controlled stretch that gives a fast recovery and excellent hook setting power, which is something many monofilament lines can’t hold a candle to.
Whether it boils down to personal preference, or because it’s the best tool for the tactics employed, all three of the commonly used fishing lines today have a time and place in the walleye fishing world.
Use the correct line for the correct situation and you will see the benefits of each type, and you might also notice an increase in the number of fish caught, as well as a lack of fish lost.
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