Can Fish See Braided Line? (And The Best Color To Use)

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I’m sure you’ve heard that you don’t want to attach braided line to your lures in clear water because the fish will be able to see it. That’s not entirely true all the time and in this post, I’ll be talking about whether or not fish can see braided line.

The simple answer is that it’ll depend on the water you’re in and what color you’re using. Fish can see certain colors of braid but will have a tough time seeing others. If you’re fishing in clear blue water then you’ll want to use a white or blue-colored braid. If you’re fishing in dirty water then you’ll want to go with dark green. Fish will be able to see red and yellow braid in pretty much any type of water.

I was actually pretty surprised when I did the testing. Green was very noticeable when it was in clearer water but it worked really well in stained conditions. White and blue were almost invisible in clear water but you could easily see them in stained water. Continue reading or watch the video below for the full details of each color and what works best.

Why I Use Braided Line

I’ve been using braid for a number of years now and almost always use it as my main fishing line. I like using it because I think it casts better than standard line and it’s much stronger and lasts 3-4 times longer. It’s also more sensitive so I can toss it on a cheaper rod and it’ll work great.

I’ll sometimes use straight braid but most of the time I’ll use a monofilament or fluorocarbon leader. Braided line floats so I’ll use a fluoro leader if I need my lure to sink. I almost always use Sufix 832 braided line. It’s a lot thinner than normal line so you can use a much heavier lb test line and you’ll be fine. I normally use 20 lbs but you can go higher.

If you’re fishing in super dense areas with a lot of cover (grass, weeds, trees, etc) you can go straight braid because you’ll most likely get snagged and need to yank on it pretty hard. Braid will take that without breaking. You can also use certain colors in certain conditions and be completely fine.

Line Colors To Avoid

If you’re using a long leader then the color of your braid won’t matter but I always avoid using yellow or red. You can see in the video, the yellow and red are super noticeable in all water conditions. You can see it clearly in dirty and clear water and the fish will be able to see it too.

Some people want to be able to see their line from the boat or shore and yellow/red would be the easiest. I don’t really care about that and have no trouble at all seeing white, blue, or green. These are the three colors I always use and they’ll do a great job in all conditions.

Best Color Braided Fishing Line To Use?

Like I said before, the color I use will all depend on the water I’m in. The only downside to using braid would be that one color works well in one type of water but won’t work in another. That’s why I normally use a leader so I don’t have to keep changing the line.

That being said, there were actually a few times when fluorocarbon was more visible than braid. Braid is a flat color while fluoro is shiny so there were a few times when light bounced off the fluoro and you could see it pretty well.

If I’m fishing in super clear blue water then I’ll use a white or blue line. These two colors were almost invisible in that type of water and would be tough for the fish to see. The yellow and red stuck out like a sore thumb which was kind of expected. Dark green was also pretty noticeable and wouldn’t be something I’d want to use (unless I had a leader).

If I’m fishing in super muddy water then I’ll toss on the dark green. It was almost completely invisible in that kind of water and there’s no way fish would see it. Yellow and red were still easily seen and so was white and blue. It’s a bit of an inconvenience but if you want to catch the most fish you’ll have to adapt.

If the fish are hungry enough I do think they’ll bite any type of line. I’ve still been able to catch them when I know they could see the line or weight at the end of my line. It’ll make more of a difference when fishing is slow and they become a lot more picky with what they eat.

Jon Webber

I'm by no means an outdoors or fishing expert, but it's something I've been interested in for over 20 years. This site is where I test out different gear and techniques to see what actually works.

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