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Thread: Floating lines

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    Dave Feeney Guest


    Need a floating line that naturaly floats , I'v tried muslin and vasaline ( tends to glogg up the rod eyes) also the spray on floatants ( 5 a can)that are available, but just wondered if there was a line out there that did not sink on it's own after a few hours or with a bit if wear and tear.Also bulk spools.
    I need it for stick and waggler fishing on the river so breaking strains up to 4lb should do.

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    Ron Clay Guest


    Unfortunatly there is no nylon line that will naturally float. Most nylons have a specific gravity of between 1.04 and 1.12, so sink they will if they break through the surface film.

    It might be an idea to try some of the floatants used by fly fishers, eg Mucilin or Gherkes Gink in conjunction with lines like Drennan "Floatfish" which I use for mearly all my stick float fishing. To put Gink on the line, wind it through a tissue which has had a bit of the floatant rubbed into it.

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    Mark Williams Guest


    Now, this may sound a bit mad, but it works... at least, it works for drifter fishing for pike. Get one of the uncoated braids - Power Cable from Harris's is good. It really floats. You'd be advised to tie in a 'leader' of mono for the business end - about 15 feet should do it.

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    Richard Drayson Guest


    Dave, I did a bit of searching a few years ago for a line for my trotting. The best I have found to date is Drennan Floatfish.
    From memory they're available in breaking strains of 2.6,3.2 and4.2lb upwards.

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    Shrek Guest


    I use Daiwa Super Shinobi and find it floats well without the need for any additive.

    It's 6 or 7 for 100m's though so a bit pricy, but good none the less.

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    Chris Bishop Guest


    Try a braid. They do Fireline down to 4lbs, it's great stuff. I know a few people are using it for long trotting and are quite pleased with it.

    I used Vaseline when I fished with mono and it rots the line, so it's risky unless you chanfgte your line every couple of trips.

    Disagree with the mono leader bit for drifting - fish 30lbs or more braid straight through to the trace/uptrace, the rod cushions you if the fish starts bumping around.

    There's always a risk the mono line will sink, risking a bite-off if you're using a livie and it gets up over the line, or a fish comes up in the water and hits it, which they often do.

    I've tried mono leaders for zander on leger/helicopters and have never been confident in the knot attaching braid to the mono, which has a habit of strtangling because they have completely different characteristics.

    You really have to pull into them hard to hook them sometimes, because you have to pull through the resistance of the float/vane before you make contact with the fish.

    I know the savage takes hook themselves against the resistance of the float, but the cruisers which just gob the bait and swim off slowly need a good clout to bang the hooks in.

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    Mark Williams Guest


    Maybe Chris and I will agree to disagree. The Fireline I've got doesn't seem to like floating. I agree with Chris about knotting braid to mono, why is why I don't. Use the second-smallest Drennan ring to join mono to braid - makes it easy to change mono leaders, too. I also agree with Chris about grease rotting nylon, in the long term, which is why I make it easy to change my (greased) leaders. I tried a micro-swivel to join the lines - don't bother, it jams in the rings during the cast. BTW, a drifter rigged properly disengages the vane when you strike so you get a more direct pull. Anyway, haven't we strayed from the poor bloke's original question?

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    William Spencer Guest


    the daiwa line that is free with this weeks at is not too bad and the line i have is 4lb

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    Chris Bishop Guest


    Agree to disagree by all means. I use them bottom-end only with a controller tube, less tangles. Found those pull-out rings were a nightmare - line got tangled round the float when the wind spun the vane.

    You get a direct pull but you've still got to pull that vane through the water, because the float's either under the water or you pull it under as you tighten on the fish.

    Must admit I never thought of using a rig ring though.

    Fireline floats better with age but it does still float when new. It's got a coating of some sort which wears off and it starts going lighter with use.

    Having said that I tend to use the 30 and occasionally 20, so it's probably more bouyant than the lighter strains.

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    Chris Bishop Guest


    Sorry for strtaying off the point. I'm sure there are some floating monos - Drennan Floatfish (?) is one.

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