Many years ago, while I was learning some of the tricks of the trade, I was having a discussion with a couple of well known and respected anglers about what lines they use and whether diameter or breaking strain was the most important consideration and if using one manufacturer’s lines only for everything from roach to carp and pole and running-line work was advisable. At the time, if you’d looked at my tackle box you would have seen many spools of line from a host of manufacturers.
During the summer in question I suffered a really bad run of form (much worse than normal!), which I couldn’t attribute to anything specific. However, I knew I needed to change something to try and kick-start an improvement in form. So, remembering the conversation that I had I decided to have a look at the lines I used, with a view to standardising.
The bulk of my fishing revolves around pole work, so the first port of call was a decent pole line that was strong enough to handle summer carp bagging sessions and light enough to fool wary roach on canals in winter. It also had to be durable and allow for shot to be moved up and down the line easily and have good knot strength without kinking or pig tailing.
At the time, companies like Silstar and Promicron produced line that had almost a cult following and many anglers swore by using the stuff. At the same time manufactures like Preston Innovations, Maver and Sensas were adding new products to their portfolios at an incredible rate of knots. This made for a very interesting period in the tackle industry because all the big players were trying to outdo each other in terms of quality and value for money, so the effect was good products at affordable prices.
On several occasions I had tried the Silstar and Promicron lines but due to being a bit cack-handed and impatient I had managed to damage it every time I tried it. So I tended to stick to the lower-quality lines, which had far better abrasion resistance and good knot strength. I also used to pick any old spool up that was suitable for what I wanted.
Eventually I tried some Preston Innovations line, which I had in diameters from 0.08mm right through to 0.18mm. I found the line to be okay but it would break very easily and sometimes the knots would undo. At first I thought this was because I was not pulling the knots tight enough. However, I soon realised this was not the case. To try and ascertain whether I’d got a bad batch I bought three spools from three different shops and used them. Again I was having similar problems, with the line breaking at random times and what looked like for no reason. In the end I decided to cut my losses and find another brand.
By chance I had a conversation with a local Sensas rep who had told me about a brand of line that had been selling really well all over his area. It was called Sensas Feeling Classic New. He told me it had good knot strength and was highly abrasion resistant. He even gave me a couple of spools to try.
I went home and tied a few rigs up and noticed that the knots were very good. When I slid a shot up and down the line several times the line remained straight and I could not feel any rough patches.
I used the rigs for a full spring and summer with no problems. Even margin fishing with these rigs did not seem to cause too many problems. Don’t get me wrong, the odd rig did get dragged through some snags, which got trashed, but by and large the line stood up to the rigours of commercial fishing.
During the winter months this line is very good too because it is stiff enough for a rig to be lowered vertically without it tangling and it keeps its abrasion resistance in the lower diameters.
Now, as well as using this line for pole work I use it for my running-line hooklengths and again I have found it to be very good indeed. When I use it for feeder or leger work it does not spin up too much and I can use one hooklength for a full session knowing that it will stand up to a good hammering. One thing I have noticed is that a rig can be used on numerous occasions without having to re-tie it after each session, which in my opinion is a good thing because I cannot afford the time to be constantly tying new rigs and hooklengths.
I have now been using this line for seven or eight years and I can say that it is still as good as it was when I first started using it. I carry this line in diameters from 0.08mm right through to 0.24mm. I don’t think the price has changed very much over this period of time and it still costs around £5 for a 100m spool. I think the diameters and breaking strains are accurate and this line has good knot strength and it is very abrasion resistant. Overall I think this line represents good value for money and I for one would have no hesitation in recommending it to anyone who wants a good durable line.