FLUORESCENT LINE gives you a good look...

In the early 1970’s I was first introduced to DuPont’s blue Stren line and its mantra suggesting, “A line you see is a line you control.” In time, Trilene (before the companies merged much later) offered an even mellower shade of blue, and a couple of other companies got in on it as well. But when “Golden Stren” was introduced in the mid to late 1970’s, there was also a lot of debate. Would you get bit since the fish could obviously see it too?

To his credit, then Stren pro Dave Gliebe went to flippin’ with the gaudy string, and I recall at one time him explaining that he felt the fish “saw it and followed to the end where his bait was.” Regardless, his success bought me a little confidence, and one Saturday in early May, 1977, I caught back-to-back, 7-4 and 9-15 largemouths at Lake Sutherland–on 12-pound gold Stren.


Over time, of course, we got away from “high viz” lines, but slowly in the last decade or so in varied applications around the country, the bright stuff has returned. Only this time, and perfect for bass fishing needs, it has been accompanied by the fluorocarbon revolution.

OPTIONAL COLORS: Remember, braids fade; monos stay hot.

Now, there is no debate, whether you fish high viz mono or some version of braided or fused superline, you can still stay as invisible as possible with fluorocarbon leaders. And the hot, main line colors make a real difference in strike detection or in merely monitoring your bait’s fall rate, regardless of cloud cover or wind ripple.

But not all. I’ve experimented with translucent white or chartreuse braids and lime green, orange or golden monos and they all give you something clear to look at. But, to my surprise, red monos or braids, are just awful to pick up where they enter the water.

PURE FISHING has hi-viz...

Yes, I know “reds” have been touted as low viz lines underwater, but it’s apparent to me they don’t show well above water either. Whether it’s a rippled surface, of clear or murky water, there must be a lot of ambient red light reflecting around, because even a gray or green line gives you a better view than red where it enters or bows to the water.

I gave red a lot of testing, because it seems so bright in the package, but in the sunlight or with a breeze, you’ll probably feel the strikes before you see them.

SAW THIS BITE on a Senko...

Personally, I like the fluorescent orange Sensation, but newest version of golden Stren shows up very well. Now I spool these as well as both translucent Invisi Braid from Spiderwire and the reliable chartreuse Berkley Fireline. The latter I use stop-and-go fishing with Road Runners (3-inch Sassy Shad, sliders, etc.), while the former are great with wacky jigs or Senkos or even dartheads or other jig/worm combos.

I know there are a lot of hawkeyed, young anglers that do just fine detecting visual strikes with the clear lines. But I also know, even the best anglers in the world occasionally get caught off-guard when a fish takes the bait on the fall. But seeing that  bright main line flinch, stop or move off diagonally (a virutal “strike detector”) has helped me dramatically.

Yes, I can still cast, and I’ve still got 20/20, but high viz lines and fluoro together can make you better. At least, a little.