High Visibility Line for Bluegill

High visibility line has been an ongoing debate amongst anglers for a while now. The idea is that the ability for the angler to see their line more easily will allow for better bite detection for when the fish are in a neutral mood and not hitting hard. I decided to tackle this question for myself and spooled up with a HiVis copolymer line for an entire bluegill fishing season. It claimed to "disappear" in as little as two feet of water. During this test, I would sometimes use a rod with a similar sizes mono spooled onto it for a few casts to do a head to head performance comparison.

High visibility line has been an ongoing debate amongst anglers for a while now. The idea is that the ability for the angler to see their line more easily will allow for better bite detection for when the fish are in a neutral mood and not hitting hard. I decided to tackle this question for myself and spooled up with a HiVis copolymer line for an entire bluegill fishing season. It claimed to "disappear" in as little as two feet of water. During this test, I would sometimes use a rod with a similar sizes mono spooled onto it for a few casts to do a head to head performance comparison.

In general it performed as well as most other mono and fluorocarbon lines I have used in the past. It did not perform as well in gin clear water, however, as the sunlight could penetrate deeper making the HiVis effect last deeper into the depths. I found that the best results with this method are found on a calm day with relatively still water. The slightest twitch could be seen easily unlike when wind and waves are moving the line making picking out a light pull harder to see. I also have found that calm conditions are when this type of bite happens more often. Rough water seems to put bluegill firmly into the aggressive mode or completely turned off.

Overall this is a useful tool that should be considered under certain conditions as is the case with most fishing techniques. It can be a bit of hindrance and should be avoided in ultra clear water. Keep it in mind and maybe spool up your reserve spool so you can switch over quickly given the chance.

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