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Being an active fisherman that prefers monofilament lines for my ultralight fishing, I really like using the highly visible fluorescent lines. I've used all the major brands in clear and green, but I really like being able to see my line while fishing, especially while float tubing, but these low-vis lines are just too hard to see, especially in certain conditions like cloudy days, windy days, shady spots, etc.. I'm sure part of the problem is my vision, which just seems to get worse every year. I have used these blue and green 2 and 4 lb test fluorescent lines for several years now and I catch a lot of fish,.. they do not seem to shy away from these bright Hi Vis lines, and I'm not just talking about Bluegill, Redears and crappie, but also bass and trout. Some of you guys that know me have seen the many nice panfish and bass I have caught from local lakes and parks with bright fluorescent mono. I've even caught fish in very clear water lakes. There's nothing more exciting (in fishing.. that is, ha ha!) than to be working your un-weighted small plastic worm back in, then to SEE your line jump and start to move off as Mr. Big Bluegill or Mr. Bass takes your bait.
I've met guys that will never use a Hi Vis line, thinking the fish will see the line and not take the bait.  Fish don't care about the line, which they really cannot see after a few feet deep, they are just focused on the bait itself, especially if it's a moving bait, like a small jig or spoon.  Even with a baited hook on a drop shot rig, the fish don't hesitate to to grab it.  Also, I tie directly to the hook or lure.  No need for a clear fluorocarbon leader.
Anyone else favor these lines?  Sorry for the lengthy post..

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Hey Jeff;; I agree with you buddy!!  and i think you and I use the same type of line;; Mr. Crappie !!!   its a great line;; very low memory;; excellent knot strength;; doesnt stretch like regular mono does!!  and I have caught a LOT of big fish on it!!

Carl-  The line seen in my pic is Vicious Hi Vis Yellow 2 lb test.  The line is very good.  I have caught bass up to almost 5 lbs and a 6 lb Channel Catfish.  I'll have to try that Mr. Crappie if it comes in 2 lb test.

Nope.  4 lb test is the lightest size Mr. Crappie has.  I might try it anyway..

I'VE BEEN USING THAT STUFF FOR YEARS JEFF and really like it . very little to no memory ......

yea;; i checked out their supply;; 4 pound is as low as they go;;;  if yo ucan; try it out;; bet you will like it!!!

Jeff …I agree with and share a lot of your fishing strategy. I however use a different line medium NBB (nothing but braid)

A few years ago after seeing countless hours of video on WFN on the advantages of using fluorocarbon as a leader and how it would improve your game of fishing. I thought I would give it a serious try. So I purchased a spool of 6 and 8# test floro and proceeded to start fishing leaders. The first thing I noticed was how thick the floro diameter was as compared to the Braid. Up to 4x thicker! It just seemed odd and awkward tying that thick leader on to the end of braid. However I fished the heck out of it and saw no distinct advantage over braid solo. But many disadvantages as in reduced casting distance as the major.

On a couple of my spinning outfits one 8-0 ft ULTRA LIGHT JIGGING ROD W/6-0# BRAID and a slip bobber outfit I installed high vis yellow SpiderWire and just love it. I find absolutely no penalty on tying the high vis yellow right to the bait. Thinness is the important factor! In a very well written In-Fisherman article The Clear Connection for Panfish Lures

When you examine fluorocarbon under water with an underwater camera or a dive mask, you might be surprised to see that it’s as visible and opaque as braid. But how do the fish perceive it? Does it matter?

Read more: http://www.in-fisherman.com/panfish/the-clear-connection-for-panfis...

I believe many of us that have fished for panfish or another species that have improved their success by going thin in line presentation. It may be the sole reason regardless of line color.

I too use the line as an indicator … but here is where my floating braid has and advantage over mono. When casting vertical walls as deep weed edges or embankments I cast the lure to target and end the cast with the rod tip pointed to the bait direction inches from the surface as the lure is falling... I trace back the rod leaving a trail of braid floating on the surface to act as an indicator for on the fall bites. The bright yellow is highly visible as it is named. I detect every twitch.

Regardless of the medium in many fishing presentations high visibility is a way to go!

Hey Jeff...good topic here!

As a geezer with eye issues, I have found that the Gamma Gold Polyflex Line in 4 pound test to be a nice, supple and very tough line that enables me to see and tie knots with no 'geezer' hassles. It is somewhat like florcarbon...a little stiffer than quality monos, but does not retain much coil memory, casts well and really shines when you get a tangle and it just seems to come untangled much easier. I field tested and did reports on this line for Blackwolfe Communications and Gamma Products and was extremely pleased with this product.

I have landed several channel cast to 10 pounds on this line and it's bright gold color doesn't seem to spook the fish, to include shallow, bedding gills and 'crackers. Might not be everybodys cup of tea, but I have been singing high praises for this line lately. The 4 pound diameter actually tests almost 8 pounds...great for tough cover situations.

You might want to try it...

i have been using suffix hi vis the color as in your picture with good success.i use cabelas proline fluorescent on my other outfits

I too like to see the fishing line while fishing. Have used the 4 lb Stren Hi-Vis Gold for past several years for my fishing pan fishing needs.  I tie a two foot clear 4lb leader to the main line.  This product set up has served my very well to date. 

I was useing gold stren almost 30 years ago when I was still in highschool. A old man who crappie fished told me about it and said for me to use it and to watch my line. I did and I have been hooked ever since. I use clear or green for bobber fishing but for jig fishing I always use hi viz line cause you don't always feel them bite but you can see the bite much better.

I have switched to braided and for 2 reasons really. First it is strong and have pulled through many a snag with bobber and jig attached. Secondly if you do have to break of braided seems to break at the jig head so there is less foul line in the water for other fishermen. Once ya go power pro you will never go back. I use 6lb on my gill rod and 12 for my walleye rod but have caught everything with that but cant seem to land a giant cat had a few on I know but where I am it isn't strange to see 25-30 lbers every other day.

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