Some tips For TUF-Line Use
Craig Sandell © 2010


More and more Muskie anglers are using TUF-Line 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.

ScissorsRegardless 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.

NOTE: A significant contributor to line fray of Spectra line is related to the line itself. A side effect of the line's tough characteristic is that it is abrasive. (If you have tried to break the line by pulling on it you have experienced how easily it cuts into your skin.) When you cast, the line rubs against your rod guides, especially the guide at the tip of your rod. Over time, this rubbing action will cause your rod guides to develop irregularities that catch on the line as it passes through the rod guides causing the line to fray. The rounder the line, the more likely it will be to cut into your rod guides, especially your rod tips.

The credo of the Muskie angler is "Re-tie Often". This applies to TUF-Line as well as any other line you may use. You should have a sharp knife or scissors to cut the line (bare hands or teeth are not an option). The collapsible scissors shown here work very well and you can get them at most any sewing fabric store.

I hope these tips are helpful.

Tight Lines