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Daily Subscription Msg 1 Posted: 09:44 AM 04/22/06 (CST)
Pulled this article from Field and Stream.

There's a lot of hogwash going around about sensitivity in fishing, with almost every manufacturer claiming that his rod or line is more sensitive than the next guy's. None of the ads explain what sensitivity is, however.

First, know this: Sensitivity in fishing exists only in your finger tips. That's where you feel- or don't feel-the bumps and thumps of your lure's encounters with underwater objects such as rocks or fish. A fishing rod is an inanimate object that has no inherent sensitivity in spite of what the ad say. The same is true of fishing line. While some kinds of tackle might enhance your ability to feel things, they don't create it.

Sensitivity is a learned fishing skill. Understanding a few mechanics can help you better feel what's happening at the end of your line.Then you'll be able to adapt your tackle to fine-tune those senses.

Sense the Tension
Suppose you're deep drifting a jig for big river walleyes. You can feel sharp, abrupt ticks on the line when the lure bounces off rocks. As the jig drifts into some weeds, you feel a slow, mushy pull while it slows and stops. after you snap the rod tip to free the jig, the drift continues. Then you feel a quick tap-tap in the line, softer than a rock but not mushy like the weeds. It's a walleye, and you set the hook.
Whether it's a plastic worm or nymph on the end of your line, changes in tension are telegraphed to your finger tips. When a lure bounces off an underground rock, an abrupt change occurs, which translates as a tick. A weedy encounter causes a slower increase in line tension, giving a mushy feeling. A biting fish, on the other hand, transmits a faint tug-tug that feels unlike anything else.
With practice, your ability to decode and interpret those underwater messages will become a sixth sense that will help you catch more fish.

Tune Your Tackle
Those tap-tapping signals that come up your line are transferred through the guides to the rod blank. From there, they must then go through the grip to your hand. each step diminishes your ability to feel. to counter this, a right-hander should keep his left fingers on the line as he reels. Do this by palming your baitcasting reel or holding the line in your left hand.
Otherwise, you can make three changes to maximise the sensitivity of your rod and reel:
* Use The Lightest Gear Possible that's still strong enough for your particular fishing. As overall tackle weight increases, so does its dampening effect. Lighter weight rods and reels give a better feel because they don't reduce vibrations as much.
* Switch To Low Stretch Line. Stretchy line such as nylon monofilament absorbs abrupt changes in line tension- the kinds of changes you need to feel. Low stretch superbraids, on the other hand, enhance sensitivity substantially.
* Buy A Premium Reel. Rough running, cheapreels bump and grind as you crank. This can mask the sensations you want to obtain through the line. Better reels are vibration free.

High tech casting and spinning rods are now lighter than ever, albeit at a price. Whether or not that improvement in feel is worth the hefty price tag is up to you.









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Daily Subscription Msg 2 Posted: 04:25 PM 04/22/06 (CST)
Thanks doons. Good Stuff!



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Daily Subscription Msg 3 Posted: 08:44 AM 04/23/06 (CST)
Great articles Doons.......thanks!


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Daily Subscription Msg 4 Posted: 08:49 AM 04/24/06 (CST)
Very good point. Once you get the feel of it you can tell for the most part anyway ,what you have .A northern or a walleye ect. You can tell if it was bottom or whatever.Once you recognize what you are feeling while holding the rod ,you will pick up more fish. Better yet once you get a rod that will let you feel the strike you can now react and set the hook instead of missing the fish because you did not know it was there.



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Daily Subscription Msg 5 Posted: 10:39 PM 04/24/06 (CST)
As a new angler I was never able to use worms and jigs untill I learned to keep my rod tip up, say between 60-90 degrees. Your sensitivity is greatly increased.
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Daily Subscription Msg 6 Posted: 10:41 PM 04/24/06 (CST)
Good to here from you doons!





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Daily Subscription Msg 7 Posted: 10:58 PM 04/24/06 (CST)
BTW Doons I heard about the Bass your catching. Have any pics?





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