Jan 14

How to Dropshot some Toray Line

How to dropshot some Toray Line
Written by: Rob Edwards “Bassjunkies Fishing Addiction”

The drop shot technique has been around for ages on the west coast, and although it is not a new technique to most tournament anglers, there are still quite a few out there that don’t have the confidence to go out in a tournament setting with a drop shot on the front deck.

That’s because gaining confidence in new techniques can be hard. At times it feels like all the planets and stars have to align at the just the right time for an angler to really feel comfortable with any new presentation. Actually, a lot of anglers could benefit from really analyzing that phrase and thinking of the planets and stars as the combination of the right rod, reel, and line. If you get the combo right, new techniques can come pretty easy. If just one of these things is out of synch, you may miss fish and lengthen your learning curve.

Over the past few seasons I have gone from being a relative drop shot novice to just short of being a junkie. At first, I had issues picking it up, mostly due to confidence in what I was feeling. I tried out a few different rods and found what I consider the best drop shot rod on the market, the Dobyns DX742Sf. Once the rod was in place I was able to pair and balance it with the right reel, a Daiwa Lexa 2000 Spinning Reel. After that things started to get better. I was able to feel the bites, but found that something was still missing in the hookset and losing fish department. That solution came down to the line, and this past season I finally found the perfect 1-2 fishing line punch to complete the ultimate drop shot combo.

It consists of Toray BAWO Super Finesse Braid as a mainline, with a leader of Toray BAWO Super Finesse 100% Fluorocarbon.

You may have already read my review of Toray Super Finesse Braid or found out on your own that although this braid has finesse in its name, it packs a major punch and is one of the best casting braids I have ever used. Toray “Braid” is a round 8-Strand braid that makes the perfect main line for drop shot fishing. It offers a limp yet highly sensitive feel that still provides no stretch for burying the hook at all depths, not to mention it casts a country mile. These are huge advantages that most monofilaments or fluorocarbons can’t offer.

This newfound confidence in using a braided line for drop shotting doesn’t mean there is no longer a place for fluorocarbon lines because there definitely is, as a leader. No fluorocarbon is better suited to this than the Toray BAWO Super “Finesse” 100% Fluorocarbon. This line is the ultimate in finesse fishing, its dainty enough to fool the most line-shy fish but like its counterpart braid is deceptively strong. I put it to the test this past season and was highly impressed with how well it allowed me to present my baits while maintaining the power when needed.

When attaching braid to fluoro on or off the water, you want a line that is easy to work with and keeps its strength at the knot (something that all Toray lines are known for). Toray’s “Finesse” is very supple, which makes tying complicated leader-to-mainline knots a breeze.

By pairing Toray “Braid” with “Finesse” fluorocarbon, you get the strength and dependability of braid and the stealth and finesse of fluorocarbon. This combo has made a huge impact in my fishing success, and given me confidence in even the toughest conditions.

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