As with hooks, so also it is with lines. There are many kinds and each has its use. For instance there are lines of cotton, twisted and braided, both braided and twisted linen lines, soft braided silk lines, oiled or waterproof braided silk lines, and enameled silk lines.
Twisted cotton lines are used only for catching catfish and such bottom feeding fish. Braided cotton lines are used for the same purposes; also for ocean fishing and for trolling. Braided and twisted linen lines are very strong and are used for all kinds of salt-water fishing and lake trolling.
The sizes of twisted linen Cuttyhunk lines are shown here, the numbers showing the number of threads of which they are made. Each thread is tested to stand a strain of two pounds, so a thirty-thread line will stand a strain of sixty pounds; a nine-thread line will stand a strain of eighteen pounds, etc. These lines are very hard and smooth.
Some of those made by the Kingfisher people are waterproof, and all of them make excellent lines for all-around fishing. A No. 6 Cuttyhunk linen line is no larger than an ordinary thread, but will stand a strain of twelve pounds.
A line that is excellent for trolling and also good for salt-water fishing is made by braiding silk over a linen center. It is a very strong line but rather stiff and rough for casting. Pure silk lines are not durable when used in salt-water.
The plain undressed silk lines are the kind for bait casting. They are numbered differently but the sizes are a trifle larger than the twisted linen lines of the same strength. A soft undressed braided silk line about the same diameter as a No. 9 twisted linen line will stand a strain of sixteen pounds, and the linen line will stand eighteen. This size is generally known as G, but different brands of line are numbered differently and you must know this before you order a line of this kind. This, and the E size, which is larger, are the sizes most used for bait-casting for black bass.
The oiled silk lines are made for general all-around fishing, but are not specially adapted for any particular use. They make durable and useful lines for the average fisherman, as they can be used for fishing with worm, for bottom fishing, trolling, etc.
Brooks, Lake. The Science of Fishing. Columbus, OH: A.R. Harding, 1912. Print.
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