Join Date: Dec 2014
Location: Northern California
There have been a ton of long threads on running line choices - maybe the search function on here is acting up again.
I think the ridge running line is the “best” overall choice for you. The quotation marks just mean that really what is best depends on what you are trying to do. The coated running lines have about the right balance between slickness and friction to be the easiest to cast with a nice turnover. Mono is slicker which means larger distance but less back pressure from the friction so it is harder to get a good turnover, and can be harder to hold. The solution as with everything is to make adjustment to deal with things.
The only reason to change is if you are not already happy for some reason, or just to see what it’s about. A similar weird problem I have had a couple of times is after fishing long days for a few days in a row with coated lines I have sometimes got a bit of a cut on my finger where the line get stripped and switching to mono (but very think mono) was a help with that temporary issue. But probably just switching to anything different or slicker would have helped. Other days when it was really windy and I was using mono it got blown around a lot more and switching back to a heavier coated one helped a lot. But in good conditions where distance is not an issue i think the coated ones have the nicest over feel and handling. The possible exception might be that when you are using very light lines on very low wt rods mono seems to help make everything work better since the friction in those cases can be too much with a coated line. But in the end it a “boxers or briefs” question: what you like you like, but part of it is what works better for you, and part is just what you have the most experience with.
“Gravity is a harsh mistress!”, The Tick