Many newcomers, whom I was at one time, will begin to talk about the invisibility and camouflage of the cord in the water, about the selection of the cord for certain conditions: green flowering water – green cord, gray water – gray cord, and so on. From the point of view of such logic, multicolor is both a find and a worthless option: on the one hand, there is a section of 10-25 m under the required reservoir, on the other hand, there will always be a segment of a categorically different shade in front of this section of suitable color. However, this should be taken solely as a joke, because any opaque cord against the sky (when looking at the fish from the bottom up) will look like a dark line. This means that such a parameter as color can be important and useful only to the angler. With what?
All other things being equal, the characteristic “pleasing to the eye” is not without meaning, because the mood from contemplation while fishing can be spoiled even by trifles. I was never attracted to the gray color of the cord, and dark green did not cause warm feelings, but I like the bright, saturated colors. Often this becomes useful when fishing in the wind or on a muddy bottom, when touching the bottom with a jig bait is difficult to track at the tip of the spinning rod, but it is easy to sag on the cord. A bright cord against the background of dark water is a great visualization. If it is a multicolor, then it embodies the advantages of bright cords, and also has another useful property – the ability to track the approximate casting distance by changing colors. In large bodies of water, and especially on large rivers when fishing from the shore, this factor plays an important role. After all, you don’t have to drop 10 meters to the fish and don’t understand this (for example, many anglers always have more than one spinning with different tests, and changing the spinning is not so easy to understand if you threw 50 meters or 60. Multicolor solves this problem and with a small error gives an answer to the question about casting distance, at least until it fades.
The Power Phantom brand just released a multi-color cord called Synapse. The line of these cords goes under the flag of jig fishing, first of all, it focuses on such a parameter as abrasive stability. This is really an important property, because a jig implies frequent contact of the cord with eyebrows, shells, stones, and it’s scary to even mention such pain of each "dzhigit" as a rusty cable. When you feel that the bait should already fall, you start sipping – and you feel this rattle of a cord rubbing against a rusty underwater rope. A couple of seconds – and suddenly the lightness on that end gives you reason to be sad. An abrasion-resistant cord will not fray, but can come to the owner badly frayed. And here weaving density plays an important role. If the threads are not tightened enough, then you will be provided with the scuffle and difficulties in using the cord.
The thinnest cord from the Synapse line, size 0.4, I wound on a light reel with a shallow spool for a very specific purpose: microjig, and a bit of average jig. Traditionally, Power Phantom cords hold the declared load, although they turn out to be slightly larger than the specified diameter, but you can touch the diameter with your fingers and see if it suits you or not, but breaking load is not so simple. But the following situation arose: I arrived at the trout river with one excellent pit, fishy and interesting, but also filled with a variety of snags and other garbage.
And before you attach the reel to the spinning rod, I thought about it. There were two options: a reel with Power Phantom UL, which I usually catch trout, but its breaking load is not very high (which is logical), or a reel with wound Synapse, which is thicker, but also much stronger. I did not think for a long time, having screwed a reel with a novelty in multicolor color to the spinning rod, and here's why: I catch the last trout fishing with LureMax – Dotty 2.4 grams and Emba 4.2 gr. And a superthin cord for them is not a mandatory requirement, but it is very desirable to return them back when you hook on a snag, it is possible together with a snag. The calculation turned out to be almost perfectly accurate in the sense that, with the hook, they managed to pull out both the Emba and the reason for the hook, but it turned out not to be driftwood, but a fleece jacket with silt, wood lice and crustaceans. But before that, as many as two trout fish had been caught from the pit, largely due to the risky deep feed, in fact, with striking along the bottom.
Of course, returning to fishing for trout with rubber with weights of 0.5-2 g, I will return to Power Phantom UL, because its thickness allows you to cast such lightweight baits at the right distance. But this will probably happen closer to the fall, when the fish ceases to be so active, begins to leave the summer food points and stand in the pits and other shelters, to serve the bait to which it will be necessary against the current, gently and smoothly. In other words, when you need to hang the bait for a long time in the water column in front of the nose of a trout sitting under the snag. Lightweight rubber fits perfectly for this purpose.
When I chose the Power Phantom Synapse sizes, I took the thinnest size 0.4, which I already mentioned above, and the size 1.5 with a breaking load of 15.9 kg. The purpose of this cord is to replace for many years another model of the Power Phantom cord that served me faithfully, designed to gouge pikes from a dense carpet of grass and reeds. This is fishing, which, on the one hand, does not require thin perfectly round cords, but upon closer examination it poses serious requirements for their performance. And, first of all, it is to abrasion resistance, because constant contacts with reeds, sedge, bushes and other vegetation should not cause damage to the cord. Otherwise, in the place where a part of the strands breaks off, it simply bursts during cutting and the instantaneous effort that follows, with the help of which I try to bring the pike to the planing mode along the top of the aquatic vegetation. At one time, I felt a sea of disappointment because of the cord, which was simply cut off if the lure needed to be torn through the reeds, and also because of the cord, the loose weaving of which allowed the vegetation to cut individual threads and cause a general frowning.
This continued until, in fact, a thick Power Phantom was wound around the spool, the name of the model of which has not reached our days. But it was he who became for me an example of a great affordable cord, and Power Phantom UL only strengthened me in this opinion. After all, another important parameter of the cord, which, however, is not so easy to determine, is durability. More than once I saw how easily even new expensive cords from old batches or cords that caught one season, but after winter lost their properties and tensile strength, easily break. It is not always possible to recognize how durable the cord is, especially if you catch with a jig when it happens that the entire spool sometimes leaves completely for the season.
Summing up the experience of several years, the Power Phantom trademark can be called one of the leaders in cord building, because every year they launch new products on the market, sometimes several items per season, constantly looking for a balance of quality and price, using new methods and technological developments, and, as a result , many models are very successful and at the same time affordable.
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