You have a great fishing spot nearby and you are thinking of spending your next weekend there with your friends. All arrangements are done, and you are ready to go. However, one of your friends points out there are a lot of electricity poles in the surroundings and if it rains, an electric current may pass through the fishing line and can be dangerous. This gets you to thinking whether a fishing line is conductive or not?
The answer to this question is not straightforward. It depends upon the material a fishing line is made up of. Some fishing lines may conduct electricity while some may not. It also depends upon the time of usage as well as the conditions such as whether the fishing line is wet or dry.
Can fishing lines become conductive after use for some time? Is fishing near electric poles safe or not? Which materials are safe and which ones are not? All these questions are going to be answered in this article so stay tuned and read till the end to find out the answers.
Construction of Fishing Lines
Before moving further with details about conductive or non-conductive fishing lines, let us first discuss the construction of a fishing line. Fishing is an old activity that dates back thousands of years. Early fishing lines were mostly made up of natural products such as silk glands, horsehair, and many more similar materials.
The first nylon fishing line was made in 1937 which paved the way for the use of synthetic resins for the construction of fishing lines. After that, a lot of other materials came into being such as vinylidene fluoride resin, polyethylene, etc. These materials are discussed below.
Fishing lines are made using a variety of materials ranging from natural to synthetic resins. These materials include nylon to polyethylene and many more. These are synthetic materials. Before they were invented, some natural materials such as horsehair and silk were being used as well.
Some fishing lines have a resin coating on top of the original material to make them waterproof as well as increase their strength.
Polyvinyl chloride is used for making fly fishing lines. It is a completely waterproof material. Fluorocarbon is yet another material that is used for making fishing lines. It is a strong and durable material and the most important thing; it is invisible to fish so it will help you catch more fish.
Tenkara is a material that increases in its diameter as you move away from the hook. It is usually used for making braided lines. The line made up of microfilaments is used popular because the raw material is inexpensive. The strength may vary and can be chosen as per the demand. It knots well and it is a popular material for making fishing lines.
Types of Fishing Lines
Fishing lines are available in different designs with respect to materials used and its properties. These types are as follows:
Monofilament Fishing Line
Monofilament fishing lines have been in the game for a fairly long time. It is recommended for those people who like to fish often on a regular basis. As the name suggests, it is made up of a single strand of nylon. As it is lightweight, it floats on the water instead of sinking inside.
As it won’t sink, it is visible to you from the outside, and you can easily track where the fish is going. It offers you a long stretch which you may or may not like. It is strong, knots well, and does not costs a lot.
Fluorocarbon Fishing Line
Fluorocarbon is a heavy material as compared to monofilament and due to this reason, it does not float, rather it sinks in the water. This material is being recently introduced for making fishing lines. It is invisible to fish so that makes it ideal for fishing. The stretch of this line is limited if compared with the monofilament line that allows you to have more positive hooksets.
It is a strong and durable material as it does not absorb water. The fluorocarbon fishing line is ideal for catching sensitive fish in clear waters. One problem that new anglers might face is that it is stiff and very hard to knot for them. However, experienced anglers can deal with it easily.
Braided Fishing Line
Braided fishing line is also an old material but still holds its own against the new ones. They really help you cast long as it does not coil of the spool during the casting process. You can detect the sensitivity of the bites if you are using a braided fishing line thanks to its minimal stretch. If you are fishing in vegetation grown water, then braided fishing line might be the perfect one due to its ability to float on water.
Metallic fishing lines are also available with cloth braiding on top. They are recommended if you are up for catching fish with sharp teeth such as piranha, sharks, or bluefish. It won’t break under the action of the teeth of such fishes.
The braided cloth over a thin diameter fishing line helps protect it from wear and tear and results in a durable and long-lasting product. The durability factor makes it a solid value for your money. It is strong and built to last you years, however, do keep in mind that braided lines are hard to knot.
Trolling Fishing Line
A fishing line with braided hooks is a trolling line. The trolling line has a controllable sink rate, and it has a specific color code to let you know how deep your line is at the moment. The color is visible from the outside. Several lines may be towed at one time.
Fly Fishing Line
Fly fishing requires you to have special fishing lines in order to have a better experience. They play an important role in fly fishing. They come in different colors such as orange, yellow, red to make them easy to see. Whether it sinks or floats depends on the density of the fishing line. The choice of the right fly-fishing line will depend on what type of fishing you are going for.
What types are nonconductive?
Fishing lines made up of nylon, microfilament, or braided lines are nonconductive in almost all situations. A light change may occur if the line is completely soaked in water and water particles adhere to it but that is a half chance and will probably not happen. These types can be regarded as nonconductive.
What types are conductive?
Some braided fishing lines are made up of stainless-steel wire with a cloth braided on top of it. These lines are usually used for catching fish with sharp teeth such as sharks. This kind of fishing line is conductive as steel is a good conductor of electricity. Only braided metallic fishing lines are conductive.
What is the impact of conductive fishing lines?
Electricity and fishing can prove to be a dangerous and fatal combo. Conductive fishing lines such as that made up of steel can lead to electric burns and in worst cases, electrocution of fishes as well as the person using them for fishing.
If you are using braided fishing lines, you should keep away from the electricity poles and high-voltage cables. If you accidentally come in contact with any of these, the results can be very dangerous, and the injuries may even lead to death in some scenarios.
Impact on Fishes
Fishes can also be electrocuted or face an electric shock due to a conductive fishing line. If the line is inside the water and it conducts electricity, then all the fishes in the surrounding area will feel the shock. Usually, the level of the conductivity inside water depends upon the number of salts dissolved in the water but it will conduct some in any case.
The results can be even worse in the case of saltwater fishing as saltwater is an excellent conductor of electricity. Any spark of electricity conducted through the metallic fishing line in the water and all the fish in the nearby area will die all of a sudden due to that shock. This is what a conductive fishing line can do to fish so they should be avoided at all costs unless necessary.
Impact on the Environment
If the conductive fishing line kills all fishes in an area due to electric shock, this is the worst possible outcome for the food chain of the surrounding area. It will disturb the aquatic life in that area adversely and will create an imbalance in the environment.
If you are fishing using a metallic fishing line, avoid fishing near power lines or poles. This will prevent you from any accident related to electricity and keep you safe from any damage. Even if you are taking necessary precautions, sometimes accidents occur and you might end up harming yourself as well as killing the fishes, disturbing the environmental scenario of the area and causing havoc in short. Stay safe and avoid using conductive lines altogether for a safe and sound fishing experience.