When should we use fluorocarbon as hooklinks and when not to?
Over the years on many different pressured waters in the UK I have tried and tested many different hooklink materials to suit my style of fishing. Waters that I target are gin clear, especially in the colder months, and this makes the carp are very tricky to catch due to the the fact that every little item of end tackle can stand out on the lake bed, making it very easy for Mr carp to suspect danger and move away. I made a massive step forward when I started using Fluorocarbon in 10lb and 12lb.
At all times we are trying to improve our chances of getting that all important pick up and due to the fact that fluorocarbon is transparent to the lake bed, regardless of whether your hooklink is laid upon silt, weed, gravel, or clay, it gives you a massive edge. I believe using this material correctly you can put 30% more fish on the bank.
Your lead arrangement can also play a vital role; should we choose inline, lead clip system, helicopter or running rig? All have there place… but at all times make sure that in any case of cracking-off or snagging-up your end tackle is safe and the lead will be dropped every time.
Hooklink lengths using the fluorocarbon can vary from 2” to 12” depending on the situation i.e. what you’re fishing over and the bait you’re placing on the hair. Does the hair have to be fluorocarbon? continue reading…