Not so long ago, fluorocarbon fishing line was only used as a cutting edge material in ice fishing applications due to its high memory, stiffness, and poor handling characteristics. Ice fishing expert Brad Hawthorne shares his top reasons why the majority of his ice fishing combos have switched to pure fluorocarbon.
Hawthorne’s Top 4 Reasons To Use Fluorocarbon When Ice Fishing:
- Invisibility. Lower light refractivity makes the fluorocarbon less visible to wary gamefish on monofilament or braided mainlines.
- Abrasion resistance. Durability is an important component in ice fishing. As Hawthorne explains, your fishing line is constantly in contact with the jagged edges of the hole as well as with ice and equipment. Fluorocarbon is more abrasion resistant than monofilament, so it reduces the risk of breakage.
- Heavy fish. Fluorocarbon wells, monofilament floats. A faster sink rate is often preferred to descend quickly and transmit subtle bites when vertical fishing.
- reduced stretch. Many fluorocarbon fishing lines have reduced stretch rates compared to monofilament, making both bite detection and hook adjustment easier.