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FLOATING LINE USES

Here, in the Farm 13/Stick Marsh complex, we have a big problem associated with presenting shiners out in all that submerged wood and grass on the Marsh side. If you use monofilament, the line sinks!! Then, when you get ready to set the hook on a strike, there is a bit of slack in the line that you can't get out easily, as it is down underwater. PLUS, that sunken line ALWAYS catches in the grass or wood. Even when we are just going to reel the shiner in to check it or to move it to another location, the submerged line catches down there and pulls the shiner and bobber down under water as we bring it in. Guess what?? It snags in the wood every time.

The solution is a floating line. And for a number of years, we used fly line dressing tom float the mono. Then, we found that braided lines and Fireline would float. That solved the problem for us. However, if you have an application that requires your line to stay on top, and a braid or Fireline is not the answer, you can coat the line with Vaseline (petroleum jelly) or ChapStick. Some plain candle waxes will also work OK. For example, a topwater lure (particularly 'action' types such as a Zara Spook) work better if the line just in front of the lure floats. So, coat the first 3 or 4 feet of you monofilament line, from the lure up, with the Vaseline or Chap Stick, or even the fly line dressing! This keeps line from sinking and provides much better action. 'Walking the dog' with that Spook will be greatly enhanced, you betcha!!


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