The best lines for feeder fishing

Use our guide to pick the right ones for your next session

The best lines for feeder fishing

by Angling Times |

FEEDER fishing is advancing at a rate of knots, and such is the current choice of reel lines, it’s easier than ever to pick the perfect one for the task in hand.

Despite the huge variety on offer, standard mono still has a lot going for it. Cheap and durable, it sinks reasonably well and its degree of stretch acts as a shock absorber against hard-fighting fish.

Braid, on the other hand, is a lot stronger and more durable than mono. It also has zero stretch, meaning bite detection and casting accuracy are improved, and there’s less drag in the water, so a lighter tip can be used when there’s an undertow, or on rivers. But it can be tricky to play big fish on, it’s often banned on commercials, and it can be awkward to sink when using small feeders on shallow lakes.

If you’re looking to regularly cast a long way, or launch out heavy feeders, a shockleader is a must in the form of a couple of rodlengths of heavier line (typically 10lb-plus).

So, let’s have a look at some of the best monos, braids and shockleader lines out there.

MONO

DAIWA SENSOR

WITH a medium amount of stretch, and cheap as chips, this is a great go-anywhere line! Widely available, and made in a huge choice of diameters, and in spool sizes from 100m right through to huge 3000m bulk spools, you can see why Sensor is the go-to line for thousands of anglers.

Price: £5.50 - £10.99, www.daiwasports.co.uk

DAIWA SENSOR
DAIWA SENSOR

MAXIMA CHAMELEON

WITH a long-standing fan base so passionate they are unlikely to ever use anything else, this is a very high stretch mono – quite thick, but unbelievably hard to break. It sinks like a stone, making setting the tip a doddle. High abrasion-resistance and great knot strength make it the ideal choice when brute strength is needed. Comes in 100m/300m/600m.

Price: £3.75 - £19.75, www.maximafishingline.com

MAXIMA CHAMELEON
MAXIMA CHAMELEON

DAIWA HYPER SENSOR

RETAINING many of the attributes of Sensor, but with a little less stretch and a reduced diameter, it’s worth a few extra quid when extra casting distance and bite detection are required. In dark brown and gunmetal grey colours on standard 300m and bulk spools.

Price: £7.50 - £15.99, www.daiwasports.co.uk

DAIWA HYPER SENSOR
DAIWA HYPER SENSOR

MIDDY M TECH

AN EXCEPTIONAL all-round reel line that sinks like a brick thanks to its hard-shell coating. Developed for Method and up-in-the-water carp fishing, it lasts ages on your reels. It has good abrasion-resistance and a high knot strength. A bulk 300m spool will fill two reels.

Price: £7.50, www.middytackle.com

MIDDY M TECH
MIDDY M TECH

GURU PULSE PRO

A TOP-flight long-distance line, with extra-low stretch and a fine diameter. The lack of stretch isn’t great for short-range work, but it’s well worth investing in for longer casts. On 300m spools with a sticker at the midway point, allowing the same 150m length of line be wound on to each spool.

Price: £11.99, www.tackleguru.com

GURU PULSE PRO
GURU PULSE PRO

PRESTON REFLO SINKING FEEDER MONO

RELATIVELY new, but already gaining a lot of fans, this low diameter, moderate to low-stretch line comes on 150m spools. It suits all kinds of feeder fishing, from small roach and skimmers in the finer diameters through to heavy-duty Method fishing for lumps!

Price: £5.99, www.prestoninnovations.com

PRESTON REFLO SINKING FEEDER MONO
PRESTON REFLO SINKING FEEDER MONO

BRAID

PRESTON ABSOLUTE BRAID

CONSTRUCTED from an eight-strand PE material, it has a coating applied during manufacture that really helps it cut through surface tension, and gives it a unique red colour. On 150m spools in 0.08mm, 0.10mm and 0.12mm diameters, all with breaking strains above 13lb.

Price: £24.99, www.prestoninnovations.com

PRESTON ABSOLUTE BRAID
PRESTON ABSOLUTE BRAID

GURU PULSE 8-BRAID

A STRONG and smooth eight-strand braid, its rounded profile means that it casts very well. Extremely strong and low diameter, the 0.08mm breaks at 15lb, 0.10mm at 18lb and 0.12mm at 24lb. The 150m spools ensure there is enough for all feeder fishing needs.

Price: £23.99,****[ www.tackleguru.com](www.tackleguru.comguru.com)

GURU PULSE 8-BRAID
GURU PULSE 8-BRAID

MATRIX HORIZON X COATED BRAID

FROM the makers of Submerge, the first hi-tech feeder braid, comes this line which has a special coating that makes it smoother, sink better and have a slightly stiffer profile to prevent wind knots. With a breaking strain of 11lb at 0.08mm, it is more than strong enough for all feeder applications. Comes in three sizes on 150m spools.

Price: £23.99, www.fishmatrix.co.uk

MATRIX HORIZON X COATED BRAID
MATRIX HORIZON X COATED BRAID

SHOCKLEADERS

DAIWA TOURNAMENT ST

ALTHOUGH not a dedicated shockleader line, its smooth finish, resistance to heat and exceptional durability make it a popular choice. Being available on bulk spools makes it a very cost-effective option indeed.

Price: £7.00 - £15.99, www.daiwasports.co.uk

DAIWA TOURNAMENT ST
DAIWA TOURNAMENT ST

GURU SHIELD SHOCKLEADER

THIS line’s low stretch allows all the power of the compressed rod to be transferred to the cast. Its ultra-smooth finish ensures it passes through guides well and it retains strength well after knotting. On 100m spools in breaking strains of 8lb/10lb/12lb.

Price: £6.99, www.tackleguru.com

GURU SHIELD SHOCKLEADER
GURU SHIELD SHOCKLEADER

MATRIX HORIZON TAPERED SHOCKLEADERS

THIS shockleader is tapered from 12lb at the end where you tie your rig, down to 8lb, greatly reducing the size of the knot to the mainline. Each pack contains five 12m-long leaders.

Price: £7.99, www.fishmatrix.co.uk

MATRIX HORIZON TAPERED SHOCKLEADERS
MATRIX HORIZON TAPERED SHOCKLEADERS
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