Pro Tips Weekly

05.Mar.2014 by Dave Lefebre

Pro Tips Weekly: Dave Lefebre

Frosted Flakes pro Dave Lefebre shows off his catch. (Photo by Rob Newell)
What’s my line?
05.Mar.2014 by Dave Lefebre

There are going to be times when you want to use the exact same lure on a different outfit with different line weights. Maybe you want the lure to dive deeper or shallower, or you’re fishing different type of bottom where it’s to your advantage to fish a stronger, heavier line. With experience, you can pretty much look at a rig and tell whether it’s got 6-, 8- or 12-pound-test line on it, but it’s still helpful to mark the rig somehow.

One option is to use a piece of color-coded tape that you can buy in the crafts section at the local Walmart. Different colors – blue, green, red, black – stand for different tests of line. Cut off enough to wrap around the bottom of the rod handle and the tape will be a constant reminder of which rig you’re grabbing.

Another way to go about it is to apply a piece of tape and use a Magic Marker to write the line test on it as well as what type of line it is. I can pretty much tell what size line I’ve got on a reel by looking at it, but it’s still not easy telling 12-pound-test fluorocarbon from 12-pound-test monofilament, and there are differences in their performance that a fisherman needs to take into account. Having a quick visual reference will save time and confusion.

----- Kellogg’s Frosted Flakes pro Dave Lefebre, Erie, Pa.