Musky America Magazine

Some tips For TUF-Line Use Craig Sandell © 2020 More and more Muskie anglers are using TUFLine so I thought that you might want to consider these suggestions. A well tied knot is essential to ensure good line strength. Most of you are familiar with the Triple Palomar or Double Uni Knot. These work well but are sometimes hard to tie. I prefer a Duncan Loop. When you spool the line onto your reel, make sure that you get a tight pack. This will help prevent professional over runs (backlashes) and will optimize your reel performance. Also, keep an eye on your level wind on your reel and make sure that it lays the line down evenly as you make your retrieve. A lack of stretch is the line’s claim to fame but it is also its biggest drawback. When casting heavier lures, there is an increased likelihood of a backlash due to our normal propensity to overcast. If you get a backlash with a heavier lure, it is possible that the stress put upon the non-stretch line when that lure comes to an abrupt stop will exceed the line test resulting in a line break and your lure sailing off into the sunset. Regardless of the fact that this is Spectra material, the line will fray over time. You need to keep a close eye on the line for frays. A fray of the line will cause water to bead in that area, so droplets of water adhering to the line are a good indicator of frays.