What is the best line for a feeder? This is a difficult question to answer. In this text, the author discusses the different options for feeder lines and the pros and cons of each option. The author ultimately concludes that there is no one “best” line for a feeder, but that the best line for a given situation depends on the specific needs of the situation.
The debate over what is the best line for a feeder is one that has been around for a long time. There are a lot of different factors that need to be considered when making a decision on what line to use. In this article, we are going to take a look at some of the different options and help you make an informed decision on what is the best line for a feeder.
Feeder line. What is the best line for a feeder?
So, again this eternal question: what to choose from such a variety of proposals? This time we turn this question to the feeder line (monoline for the feeder). Its assortment in fishing shops has increased significantly in recent years.
Almost every fishing line manufacturer has one, two or even more series of special feeder lines in its assortment . Different diameters, colors, stiffness, technology used, and raw materials – all make you think when choosing not only a novice feederist, but also an experienced angler. And it’s really not easy to make a choice. Many well-known brands offer their best designs. In today’s review, we will look at the top ten feeder lines from manufacturers such as: Trabucco, Shimano, Sufix, Mikado, Owner, Colmic, Balsax, Gamakatsu, Maver and Salmo .
Here, many experienced feeder anglers will ask: “ Why actually use a feeder line? After all, everyone has been using braided line for a long time. ” The
question is certainly relevant. But the answer will be: “Not all. Many use feeder line and are very satisfied.”
What is better fishing line or braided line?
We have already devoted a separate article “ Which is better than braided or fishing line ”, where we found out the advantages and disadvantages of monofilament and braided fishing line. And we made sure that both the fishing braid and fishing line can be used in certain conditions of fishing on the feeder.
The main advantage of a braided line, which is not so easy to argue with, is its sensitivity. Especially this property plays an important role not even when transmitting a bite, which is of course important, but when tapping the bottom to find a suitable fishing spot.
But the feeder line also has its trump cards. The first is the price, which you will agree is not so unimportant. Since you often have to catch on the feeder on the edges, among the colonies of shells, line cuts are often found. And braided line is just more prone to such damage than regular mono. And it’s a pity to lose several meters of braid on the edge.
As for sensitivity, then again you need to look at what distances the fishing is going on. With a casting distance of about 20-30 meters, there is no noticeable difference in sensitivity, whether we use braid or monofilament.
And last but not least, the difference. This is the presence of extensibility in the fishing line . It is she who gives more chances to the feeder when playing large fish. This stretch cushions the jerks of the fish and can sometimes make a difference when fighting trophy fish. Especially the use of monofilament is justified on paid carp ponds. In such conditions, the bite of the fish will be already perfectly noticeable, and the process of fighting itself comes out on top.
What diameter of fishing line to put on the feeder?
To determine the diameter, you must first decide which fish we are targeting. Accordingly, what breaking load do we need. Recall that the breaking load indicated on the reel tells us what maximum load a dry fishing line without knots can withstand.
On our site, there is a whole article “ fishing knots ”, where we have determined which fishing knots are the strongest and have the least impact on the ultimate breaking value. And they found that the best knot reduces strength by at least 10%.
We add here that a wet fishing line loses its strength by another 30%. Plus wear and tear, exposure to the sun…
When fishing on a feeder, it is often necessary to throw feeders and 80 and 120 grams stuffed with bait, and this gives increased requirements for strength.
On the other hand, the larger diameter of the line creates greater windage when fishing in the current. Which forces the use of heavier feeders.
I would not recommend using a main feeder line diameter below 0.18. On diameters of 0.18-0.24 mm, to avoid shooting the feeder when casting, you can use a shock leader for the feeder, which we discussed in detail in a previous article on our website.
As we know, small-diameter rings are used on feeder tips. If you use a shock leader when fishing on a feeder, then you need to learn how to tie line to line with the correct knot. The knot should pass as freely as possible through the feeder rings and have the least impact on the casting distance of the feeder trough.
Often the breaking load is given in pounds ( lb approximately 0.45 kg .).
You can roughly calculate the required strength as follows: for every 10 gr. feeders take 1lb of fishing line strength. And we get that 6 lb is enough for a Light feeder, and 15 lb is enough for an Extra Heavy feeder.
But it must be remembered that one value of the breaking load is indicated on the reel with fishing line, but in practice, it is always less. Due to the fact that any monofilament wears out rather quickly after each fishing it is necessary to cut off the first few meters of it.
Convert lb to kg
Here are the most common values of the ratio of pounds and kilograms:
|Test lb/kg||Test lb/kg||Test lb/kg||Test lb/kg||Test lb/kg|
|2lb / 0.907kg||7lb / 3.18kg||16lb / 7.26kg||25lb / 11.34kg||55lb / 24.95kg|
|3lb / 1.36kg||7lb / 3.18kg||17lb / 7.71kg||26lb / 11.79kg||60lb / 27.22kg|
|3.5lb / 1.59kg||8lb / 3.63kg||18lb / 8.16kg||30lb / 13.61kg||65lb / 29.48kg|
|4lb / 1.81kg||10lb / 4.54kg||19lb / 8.62kg||32lb / 14.52kg||66lb / 29.94kg|
|4.5lb / 2.04kg||11lb / 4.99kg||20lb / 9.07kg||33lb / 14.97kg||80lb / 36.29kg|
|5lb / 2.27kg||12lb / 5.44kg||21lb / 9.53kg||37lb / 16.78kg||100lb / 45.36|
|5.5lb / 2.49kg||13lb / 5.90kg||22lb / 9.98kg||40lb / 18.14kg|
|6lb / 2.72kg||15lb / 6.80kg||24lb / 10.89kg||50lb / 22.68kg|
The best fishing line for feeder
What is the difference between a feeder line and a regular line? This is primarily its rigidity , it should have significantly less extensibility than conventional monofilament.
So, the Feeder Fishing website presents an overview, in our opinion, of the best feeder monofilaments from ten manufacturers.
In this review, we will consider the advantages and disadvantages of feeder and universal lines with reduced stretch, suitable for feeder fishing.
As you will see below, in most cases there are more disadvantages than advantages. This is because when testing something, first of all, they talk about shortcomings. The fewer of them, the closer the quality of the product to the required parameters. And the compliance of the monofilament with our standard requirements cannot be its advantage.
For example, the correspondence of the practical diameter to the declared one (zero difference or less than 0.05, with a diameter greater than 0.2) cannot be a virtue. But the discrepancy between the diameters is already a disadvantage.
Well, enough theory, let’s proceed to the analysis:
Shimano feeder lines
Opens our review, such a well-known brand of fishing tackle as Shimano. Despite the low prices, the tackle of this company is very popular among fishing enthusiasts.
This manufacturer offers us a Shimano Technium feeder.
Its extensibility is only about 12%. According to the manufacturer, it “has a three-layer structure” and allegedly occupies an intermediate position between “monofilament and braided cord.”
It is difficult to imagine such a situation, but as practice shows, the rigidity of this fishing line is quite suitable for feeder fishing. Introduced by Shimano Technium in 200m and 300m windings.
If the price suits you, then you can safely opt for the Technium series. It will last 3-4 years and is perfect for a feeder.
There is also a camo mono from this Shimano Technium Tribal series
Advantages of Shimano Technium:
- real low stretch;
- high rigidity;
- real durability, almost higher than that of lines from other manufacturers;
- diameter corresponds to the declared;
- high price. The price is about 3-5 times higher than similar lines from other manufacturers. For this money it is quite possible to buy an inexpensive cord;
- a large number of low-quality fakes. You need to buy it in trusted branded stores;
- in our opinion, a fishing line with a diameter of less than 0.2 has a high memory for twisting. When loosened, for example when filling the feeder, the line can twist around the rings of the feeder tip.
Feeder lines from Trabucco
Trabucco , in our opinion, is one of the most popular monofilament and line manufacturers among anglers. A wide range of products offered and a low price – this is the main trump card of this brand.
As a feeder line, three series of lines from Trabucco are mainly used. This is primarily a Trabucco T-Force feeder. And two universal series that are quite suitable for the feeder are Trabucco Force Sinking and Trabucco T-FORCE Competition Pro.
Advantages of feeder line from Trabucco
- low price;
- good rigidity and low elongation;
- “conditionally good” durability and abrasion protection. (There is no unequivocal opinion on this matter. It can be conditionally attributed to merit. It depends both on the chosen series and on the party.)
- high memory;
- the disease of all lines from Trabucco is an underestimated diameter. (Most monofilaments larger than 0.14 have an underestimated diameter indicated on the package, which may be less than practical by 0.05-0.2 mm);
- “conditionally poor” durability and protection against abrasion.
Lines from Suffix
The American company Suffix is known to fans of feeder fishing, primarily for its inexpensive and high-quality braided lines. But Sufix’s line of feeder monofilaments also has some good options to choose from.
A series of monofilaments for a burgundy feeder Sufix feeder mono, the extensibility of which, according to the manufacturer, is close to zero. Sufix Specialist Carp
also performed well.
Advantages of fishing line from Suffix
- low price;
- good wear resistance;
- slight stretch in the Sufix Specialist Carp series.
- some of the indicated diameters do not coincide with the real ones, both up and down;
- Sufix feeder mono is quite soft and not stiff enough for feeder fishing.
Feeder lines from Mikado
Such a well-known and popular manufacturer of fishing tackle as Mikado presents two special series for feeder lovers. These are black monofilaments from the new Mikado Sensei Feeder series and the well-known Mikado Feeder series.
Advantages of fishing line from Mikado:
- Low price;
- Real rigidity is required for feeder fishing.
- A small selection of diameters in each series.
Feeder lines from Owner
Owner is, first of all, high-quality hooks – every angler knows this. But you can also find a good feeder monofilament from this manufacturer on the fishing line market. These are not special feeder lines, but more versatile ones, but they are also well used for feeder fishing. These are such series as: Owner Broad and Owner Broad Carp . Sold in coils of 100-300 meters.
Advantages of fishing line from Owner:
- real low-line memory;
- average price;
- good camouflage color;
- good wear resistance.
- very soft fishing line, more suitable for leashes;
- high extensibility, it is better to catch at distances up to a maximum of 20-25 meters.
Feeder lines from Gamakatsu
Another manufacturer of high-quality hooks offers us its line.
As the Owner and Gamakatsu hooks, they “go side by side”, so they are very similar in the offered fishing lines. And they are about the same price.
Like its main fish hook competitor, Gamakatsu does not have a dedicated feeder line. But for our fishing on the feeder, Super G-Line may well be suitable .
- low memory for twisting;
- good wear resistance;
- average price;
- stretch is high. Only suitable for close-range fishing.
Feeder lines from Colmic
Popular among anglers are fishing lines from the company Colmic. Let’s see what series can suit us for fishing on the feeder.
One of the most popular is Race Sinking Lane. Its use for feeder fishing is not justified. This series has unacceptable extensibility for us.
For feeder fishing, such new series as Colmic Lurs Cosmo, Colmic Lurs Camouflage, and well-known to many anglers Colmic Fendreel K15 can be distinguished.
The first has a greenish tint, and the second is multi-colored. The color of Lurs Camouflage changes approximately every 30 cm.
Colmic Fendreel K15 has a fluorescent effect and a bright blue color, which is not familiar to many.
- good abrasion resistance;
- low memory;
- Colmic Lurs Cosmo and Colmic Lurs Camouflage are wound on bobbins using anti-torsion technology, which prevents twisting after rewinding onto a spool;
- average price;
- insufficient rigidity for feeder fishing. It should only be used at close range.
Feeder lines from Balsax
Many people know inexpensive monofilaments from Balsax. You can buy them everywhere and their range is very large. Two series can be used as a feeder line: Balsax Iguana and a special feeder line with less stretch American Fish.
A pleasant low price cannot but please fishermen. But it makes sense to use it as a basis for a feeder only at short casting distances or when mastering the skills of feeder fishing.
- low price.
- soft and highly stretchable.
Lines from Salmo
The Baltic company Salmo offers a special monofilament Salmo Professional feeder . It comes with eight different diameters from 0.2 to 0.4. It has a two-tone color of dark red and black. The colors alternate after about 40 cm. Moreover, if you check the tensile strength, then the breakage occurs mainly in the red section of the fishing line.
- low memory;
- low price;
- high stretch. At fishing distances of more than 30 meters, every second bite is almost invisible;
- the specified diameter of the fishing line is less than practical.
Monofilaments from Maver
Maver does not have a special feeder line in its range. But he recommends fishing lines such as Maver SLR and Dual Band. The Maver Dual Band is made by joining two monofilaments with different characteristics.
SLR line is softer and works well for leads.
There is also a good Maver Red Devil series. In terms of stretchability, it is inferior to Dual Band but is also suitable for fishing up to 25 meters.
- the SLR and Dual Band series have very little stretch;
- high wear resistance and resistance to shells;
- very low memory;
- the practical diameter on some samples is larger than the specified one up to 0.2 mm.
The answer can vary depending on what you’re looking to achieve. A good quality feeder line can make a big difference in the quality of your bait presentation, and can also help to prevent line tangles. The answer to the question of what is the best line for a feeder can vary depending on what the angler is looking to achieve.
A good quality feeder line can make a big difference in the quality of the bait presentation, and can also help to prevent line tangles.
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