How do I Use Blue Fishing Line?

How do I Use Blue Fishing Line?
Clear, crystal clear, red, clear blue and high-visibility green and yellow and are just a few of the line colors offered in many tackle stores. Choosing the right line color requires more than simply choosing a favorite color or the line that looks best on a rod and reel. Line colors are designed for specific purposes when they are in the water. Blue line, such as the clear blue color, is specifically designed for night fishing.


Difficulty: Moderately Easy

Things You’ll Need:
  • Matched fishing rod and reel
  • Blue fishing line (monofilament or fluorocarbon)
  • Terminal tackle (hook, weight)
  • Black light
Step 1
String 15-pound test or heavier blue fishing line onto your fishing rod and reel. Using a heavier pound test line such as 15-pound test will be easy to see in the water. Heavier pound test line is also advisable because large fish can often be caught at night.
Step 2
Attach blue monofilament or fluorocarbon line to your fishing reel with a simple Arbor knot. Pull 5 to 6 inches of line around and past the spool of the reel. Loop the free end of the line around the main line. Tie a simple overhand knot with the free end of the line. Tie a second overhand knot with only the free end. Pull the knots down tight against the spool.
Step 3
Tie a hook or lure onto the end of the blue fishing line with a Palomar knot. Thread the line through the eye of the lure or hook, form a loop and feed it back through. Pull the free end beside the main line to form a double line. Tie an overhand knot with the loop and double line, pull the loop around the lure or hook and pull tight.
Step 4
Attach weight to the line as needed with crimp-on weights. Cast the blue line into the water in a location where fish are thought to be feeding or suspended. Allow the baited hook or lure to sink to the desired depth.
Step 5
Turn on and position a black light so that the blue line is illuminated. Allow the lure or bait to sit in the water. Watch the line for small changes in direction or downward pulls that indicate a fish is taking the bait.

Article Written By Keith Dooley

Keith Dooley has a degree in outdoor education and sports management. He has worked as an assistant athletic director, head coach and assistant coach in various sports including football, softball and golf. Dooley has worked for various websites in the past, contributing instructional articles on a wide variety of topics.

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