Post By: Lil Dave Posted: 7/29/2017 2:34:10 PMPoints: 130
I'm Jonesing for the ice and got to thinkin'. What is the best ice fishing line to use. I'm looking for opinions, with a short reason why, on what to use for trout. Mostly in lakes and reservoirs, like Eleven Mile, where you fish shallow during ice season. I very rarely go after Lakers or othe species where you would go past 20 feet in depth.
Lil Dave, I've tried several different lines in the past like Trilene Micro Ice, Suffix Ice Magic, Pline Flouroice, and Cajun Red Ice and I always seem go back to Yozuri Hybrid in 4# or 6# test. It's a Flourocarbon/Nylon line that has excellent knot strength, is abrasion resistant, and behaves in cold weather. The best part, the cost is reasonable so you're not paying for a "name brand". The fish in the Mile are really finicky, so the finer the line the more hookups. I know some folk swear by braid, but I think the more knots the higher possibility of being broke off. I think you need to try different lines to see how they perform, and to choose one that works for you. Hope this helps! Ski
Reply by: GoNe_FiShIn_11 Posted: Jul. 30, 11:57:01 AM Points: 244
I second trilene ice braided line. Used 1lb last year worked great even without leader. Just keep and eye on last couple of feet after fighting a decent fish that spun around the hole. I also run 8lb seagar red label on the inline reel. Works fine on these reels. Don't have the line twist with inlines.
Reply by: Gill Posted: Aug. 12, 2:54:05 PM Points: 2346
Try the Berkley sensation mono in 2 or 4 lb...not an ice line but it works great,and cheap compared to the "ice" lines...I use my leftover spools from summer...so I'm not wasting any line that way.."ice fishing" lines are a waste of money imo..
Reply by: catchem Posted: Aug. 12, 6:33:45 PM Points: 31
I have tried Power Pro braid but felt that icing was a big problem when it was cold early and late in the day. I use mono or flouro in various brands and weights for fishing less than 20 ft deep. For 30 feet and deeper I like a low stretch line for better feel of light bites. Fireline works well for me, I use a 4-8 ft flouro leader attached with a tiny roller swivel that I can reel through the guides if needed. Don't like trying to tie line to line double uni knots in the wind and cold. The tiny swivels are rated to 80 lbs.
Reply by: Budha Posted: Aug. 12, 11:02:56 PM Points: 157
Micro Ice. Little to no memory. In the cold, line memory can get pretty bad which hurts lite bite detection. So I like line with the least memory, or silky smooth like a spider web. From your rod tip down, the line should be taught like a laser beam, even with the lightest jigs. Especially important fishing in shallow waters with jigs as light as 1/64 oz. Micro Ice line has the least memory in the cold out of any line I've tried.
Line twist and line memory are giant problems when Ice Fishing. Your hands are cold, the light is poor, especially in a shelter, and it is harder to see the minor twists and coils that prevent good bite detection. For this reason alone, I switched to 10# braid with fluoro leaders. I can see the line as it enters the water, it always goes STRAIGHT down the hole with no coils, and twist is almost eliminated!
Using de-greased baitcasters has eliminated all line twist, and the drag is so much better than on most spinning reels.
Yes, I admit, it does ice up more than some mono lines, but I'll take the advantages of braid over the drawbacks of mono any day. Another advantage of braid is that it doesn't nick like mono, and get weaker. additionally, braid doesn't degrade over time nearly as bad as old mono.
In open water, I use the same setup. There are certainly disadvantages, like wrapping around the guides, and knots that are almost impossible to untie, but I still feel like aIl spend less time fussing with it than my friends who fish with staight mono- it casts a mile due to smaller diameter, sinks faster than mono, and doesn't break after contacting rocks.
There is a learning curve, and some friends can't adjust because of frustration that it doesn't work like the mono they've been using all their lives. I originally switched to the braid/topshot for saltwater kayak fishing, and it's advantages were so amazing that I switched all my freshwater set-ups about 10 years ago. For instance, 10# braid is the same diameter as 2# mono, so I can get way more line on the reels than with mono.