There was a time when the only thing an angler had to do was choose a fishing line in the right pound test. Today, fishing lines are advanced, numerous and available in different colors. From fluorocarbon hybrids to braided lines, there are many choices in fishing line from which to choose. Along with advancements in line manufacturing, line colors have been introduced. Braid lines feature colors that are designed to help the line disappear in the water, and others are designed to aid in visual detection.
One of the most popular colors for a braided fishing line, outside of clear, is green. From moss green to low-visibility green, the names are different but the color variations are slight. What makes green so popular among many anglers is its ability to blend in based on camouflage. From icy mountain runoff waters to oceans and deep lakes, green braid lines have the ability to blend in with naturally occurring vegetation and algae in the water. Green line, especially darker variations, tends to be very muted in the water, which helps to prevent fish from focusing on the line rather than the lure or bait.
Fluorescent neon fire and plain old red are some of the names given to the braid lines in the red-color scheme. Over the past several years, there has been a surge in interest around red fishing lines. Many claims have been made regarding red line and how it disappears beneath the surface. Many of these claims revolve around the fact that the color red is the first color in the light spectrum to fade under water. However, red line does not vanish under water until it reaches depths of more than 20 feet. Above this depth, red turns a very muted gray, which does help help the line blend in with the background.
Yellow is a popular color among braid-line manufacturers as many anglers prefer a line that is easy to acquire in the water. A wide range of game fish, both freshwater and saltwater, are fished with yellow lines often referred to as high-visibility lines. These lines allow an angler to both feel and see a strike. Yellow lines typically will need to be fished with a length of fluorocarbon leader tied to the end just ahead of the hook or lure. The clear fluorocarbon provides a crystal-clear line near the bait to help prevent fish from being scared off by the bright line.
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.