Line Colors

What do you need to know about the colors of the fishing line........

*Spiderwire Stealth Smooth 8 Red

Because red is the first to disappear, this red braided line is so popular. There used to be nylon line in transparent color and that was it. After all, transparent was somewhat transparent and therefore the least visible to fish, wasn't it? Not quite. The colors we see above water are formed by light.

The deeper you go under water, the less light there is:

After 10 meters the color red is no longer perceptible in clear water.
After 20 meters the orange color is also gone.
After 30 meters you no longer see yellow.
After 40 meters green disappears.
After 50 meters finally blue.

These values apply to very clear water, such as in the Caribbean, in freshwater and the North Sea, red is no longer visible after a few metres.
So instead of a transparent nylon line you can also take a colored line. But why would you want that? The big advantage of a brightly colored line is that you can see it yourself – above water – much better. This way you can better see where you are fishing, where your line is tied around, and, importantly, see the line better when tying.
Colored lines are also much easier to see when fishing at night if you only have a little light. The color of the line that you can use best depends on four things:

• Fishing depth
• Water clarity
• Color of the water
• Personal preference
*Berkley Direct Connect CM90 Weedy Green

A green or brown line is ideal for cloudy water. We just discussed the first two. The color of the water also plays an important role. Some water has a color due to the bottom of the water, for example yellowish, greenish or brown. You want to use a line that has as much contrast as possible with it. When the water is yellow/brown, it is not useful to use a yellow line. The color red is therefore a very popular color; the color red has a high contrast on almost every water and is also the first color to disappear.
Finally, there is simply personal preference, which should probably be the most important deciding factor for your choice. Some people find one color simply a more pleasant color to distinguish than other colors.

*Colors in braided lines

The better braided lines like Berkley's are made with Dyneema. These are very strong polyethylene-based fibers that are processed in the line, but it is not the line itself. The Dyneema fibers are white and can hardly be colored. As a result, you can see that many colored braided lines start to turn white over time. This has nothing to do with the quality of the line, but simply with the fact that the fibers are virtually impossible to color. Berkley is the only one on the market to develop a line that is colored through and through, namely the Berkley Black Velvet. This line is pure black and will not discolour.

*Multi-color lines

For sea fishing there are also lines that consist of several colors. For example, there is the Berkley Pro Sec Braid, which consists of blue, yellow, red, green and orange pieces so that you can read how deep you are fishing from the color of the line. This line is mainly intended for fishing at sea from a boat. Because you hardly see any color on the North Sea from about 15 meters, the colors are pure and only for the fisherman.
Spiderwire Stealth Smooth 8 Camo
The markers are ideal for wreck fishing.