The best fishing line tested by the Fish Alaska team in all the conditions Alaska throws at anglers.
Best Fishing Line
Daiwa J-Braid x4 Braided Line, 40-pound-test, Dark Green
J-Braid x4 is a 4-carrier braided super line. We like it because it’s really tough, and we use it a lot in situations where abrasion resistance is important. It’s also thinner than most 8-carrier braids, so it’s less affected by current; your lures will stay deeper. It’s also much less expensive to make, and therefore much less expensive to buy, than some of the other braids. We’ve used this line for twitching jigs, hover fishing salmon, vertical jigging for salmon and bottomfish, bobber/jig, bobber/bait, halibut bait fishing (in 65- and 80-pound-test), and more. It’s offered in fluorescent yellow, multicolor, dark green, and island blue colors. You can get it in pound-tests from 6- to 80, and spool sizes of 150-, 300-, and 3,000 yards.
SPRO Slow Pitch Assist FC
This is a great assist cord for those who like to make their own assist rigs for jigs. What we like best about it is the fluorocarbon core, which gives the cord some stiffness. This helps to keep the hooks from fouling while you’re jigging. It’s available in red or blue colors in 4 sizes: 140-, 180-, 220-, and 260-pound-test. We tested the red color, in 140- and 260-pound-tests. Good stuff! This is one of the best fishing lines on the market.