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I was thinking of trying one of the high visibility lines but am worried that they may be too visible to the fish.I do most of my fishing in shallow water where light penatration is high.Would this be a problem or not?

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If you're worried about the visibility to fish, why not go with a flourocarbon like Vanish Transition? The gold color is pretty visible to you above water, but goes clear/invisible under the water.

I've been using it this year and so far, no complaints here. cool.gif

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I use the flame-green Fireline with a vanish leader attached directly. This is the first season that I have tried this and the results have been awesome. The perfect combination of visibility, sensitivity, and a little forgiveness at the end.

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Hey- do you make your own vanish leader? Or can you buy them. And if you do make your own.. how do you tie the lines together?

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I now always use a mono leader on my superline and have found that it works really well. When I tie them together I use two nail knots to connect them and slide the knots together and then trim the excess. This is a very strong knot and I can't remember a time that it was actually the line that broke. Hope this helps.

keep fishin'

wall-i-king

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Paul -

There's a variety of ways to attach flouro to another line.

I'd suggest a couple of websites that have good knot info.

One would be troutlet.com. Look on the left for "knots to know". THere's a couple of great ones there.

Another is fishingcairns.com. Austrailian website with a ton of different knots on it, with reasons for using or not using a particular knot, along with it's strengths, weaknesses, and pictures of how to tie.

And a third is sdhookandline.com/knots/. Another great resource with a lot of illustrations on how to tie.

I use a blood knot or uni-knot to join two different kinds of line together, and haven't had any trouble with either, to be honest, guess it depends on what I'm expecting to catch on which one I use. cool.gif

Hope this helps you... grin.gif

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I am a huge fan of the vanish transition. I have one reel spooled up with it, and I am using it for leaders on my other rods, which are spooled with fireline smoke. So far so good. I need to practice my line to line knots, so for now I am just tying each end of line to a swivel.

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I cannot agree with cupper more. Use the swivels. That way you don't have to know more than the knots you already know. I have gotten by my entire life with the snell knot, and a polymer knot. The directions for the polymer knot can usually be found on that little piece of paper that is inside the box of a new rapala. Good luck with your future fishing endeavors!

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Don't swivels get hit eyes everytime you cast? I assume the leader should be 4-6 feet for a mono leader no?

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I prefer to tie direct no swivel. Double uniknot slid together and a dab of super glue to lock it all together. Just retie every month or so. The swivels do chew up your guides if you are using 6 to 8 ft leaders which i do.

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The swivels due hit the guides, but the 2 rods I use for casting and trolling rap's are just gander mountain guide series rods. For what I paid for them, I don't care. If it was the pair of G-Loomis rods that I use for jigging and lindy rigs you bet, that would be a big problem. It all comes down to equipment and application and what you are comfortable with. Swivels will chew up the guides. I did have to have the last guide replaced on a rod this spring, but that was easy enough to do. The reason I do it is for the plain and simple speed in retying and switching lures. Bottom line is that it really doesn't matter, it is whatever one is comfortable with.

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Pikeguy's method of using swivels is excellent for longer trolling rods. Mine are 7.5 and 8ft so I can use a 6ft or so leader with no issues. I have line counter reels on the rods so I don't cast those anyway. Can also hang extra weight right off that swivel and turn it into a three way in no time. For rods I plan to cast I stick with the double uniknot. Main reason is a chewed up guide can shred your line in a heartbeat almost anywhere along the line. Could cost you a fish and you end up respooling too soon. Learned that the hard way. I can actually tie the knot just as quick as a swivel to connect the leader to the main line. I keep the fluorocarbon spools in my boat and have the super glue tube stuck in the center hole of the spool.

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Well Mark, you have me convinced. I am going to have to start tying the lines together. I would hate to lose a trophy fish over something that I have control over. By the way, walleyes on Tonka that we have picked up this week have all been between 9:00 pm to 10:30 pm and all between 6-8 feet of water. All of the fish we have caught have been taken by casting #5 and #7 rapalas. Take care, Pikeguy.

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