Noticeably, the colder weather of autumn and winter bring about clearer water with much greater clarity in many of the waters that we fish. This is due to a number of reasons, but mainly down to the fact that the fish activity is much less which leads to fewer suspended particles in the water column created by feeding fish and movement. Many anglers have always been under the impression that switching to fluorocarbon line is better for end tackle concealment, but does it really make that much difference? We ask HWB…
I use mono lines for most of my fishing, probably because I fish about quite a bit and I need something that is reliable for distance fishing and short range flicks on intimate waters. However, I have never really felt at a disadvantage to others who are using heavy fluorocarbon lines, even in the clear waters. The quality of many of the mono lines out there now is brilliant and they can be well concealed in the crystal clear waters.
Personally, line concealment doesn’t bother me too much either, I would rather be getting good indication whilst fishing at range on the bigger pits. Fishing for liners during the colder months is an art in itself, I know some anglers that regularly fish the waters I manage in Norfolk who have become highly successful at this tactic across the winter period. I will be adopting it myself a lot more this year!
I would go for a decent mono line that has good concealment in clear waters, try fishing for the liners with a semi-tight line or even a tight line particularly at distances over 60-70 yards.
In the winter, the carp’s eyesight deteriorates slightly, which is also another firm reason in my opinion that a fluorocarbon provides no significant advantage over a well- blended monofilament. If you think sensibly about the line angle’s and how tight you are fishing relative to the distance you are out in the lake, then there is no reason why a good, heavy mono cannot provide a effective substitute for a fluoro.
I strongly believe that if the monofilament you have been using in the summer months when the fish are much more active and aware of their surroundings has been providing results, why wouldn’t it in the winter.
On the venues that I manage around the Norfolk area, the lakebed becomes very dark with dying weed during the winter months. I have found that, when viewing the lakebed from the boat, very little contrasts in terms of rigs and end tackle. I have always fished dark, silt coloured tubing at all times of the year, which I have ultimate confidence in.
Overall, I would stick to what you are confident in during the winter, with very little need to scale down or switch to ‘less visible’ mainlines such as fluorocarbon.