Line for Bait Casting
The line for use in bait-casting must be a very small caliber silk line with no waterproofing or enameling whatever. It should be braided rather than twisted to avoid kinking as far as possible. It should also be soft braided rather than hard braided. The hard braided line does not spool as closely and well as the soft braided, and, moreover, is apt to be hard on the caster's thumb, wearing the skin down to the "quick” in a few hours' casting. Two sizes are commonly used in fishing, sizes G and H, and a size even smaller than H, known as "tournament" is sometimes used.
Never attempt to do bait-casting with a line larger than size G. A large caliber line builds up so quickly on the reel spindle that, unless the very greatest care is taken in spooling, more care than one wishes to exercise when fishing, a few turns of the reel handle will result in a bunch of line thick enough, if the reel is pretty well filled, to foul against the pillars of the reel. For average fishing, then, use a size G soft braided silk line. They come, as above noted, in 50-yard lengths, one length being quite enough to use, and an average price for a good line is $1.25. The color is rather immaterial.
The bait-casting line having no waterproofing or enameling, and having to undergo the hardest sort of treatment, being whipped out through the rod guides numberless times in even a day's fishing, must receive the very best of care or it will be rendered absolutely worthless in a very short time. If you wish the line to last any time at all it must be thoroughly dried out after every time it is used; otherwise, if left un-dried on the reel, only the outer windings will dry, the inner ones remaining wet for a good many hours; and it is obvious that with this sort of treatment the line, no matter how good it is, will rot very quickly. Before every day's fishing test the first two or three feet of the line. The friction from casting will whip out this part of the line, and frequently you can tear off a foot or two without applying any degree of force. Strict observance of this rule will save you several dollars worth of artificial baits the season and a good many good bass. Drying the line is a very simple matter. You do not need a nickel plated windlass or any other sort of patent contrivance. Simply draw the wet part of the line from the reel, laying the coils evenly to avoid the danger of tangling, on the floor, a table or a chair seat.
Camp, Samuel Granger. Fishing Kits and Equipment,. New York: Outing Pub., 1910. Print.
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