Trevor Hadden of Brighton Michigan Asks:
Hey Joel, it's about that time I start to look at re-spooling my ice rigs, mainly my gill and crappie rigs. I have always struggled finding a good line with low memory. What do you suggest? Thanks
Well Trevor, I'm in the same boat, er....garage. I know what you mean about memory issues with ice line. Ice reel spools are smaller, and with most line, especially old line, you end up peeling off coils that are wound tighter than a spring as you watch your jig corkscrew down the ice hole.
I'm a big fan of the Sufix Ice Magic and the Sufix Invisiline Ice Fluourocarbon, with most of my reels having the Fluoro version on. I really haven't noticed too much extra memory with that pick, but it's important to remember that all line eventually forms to the spool and will become "gritty" and high memory over time. For that reason, I replace line religiously each and every season at least. For big trips to premium destinations, I'll re-spool key reels just before so I KNOW I won't be fighting any other factors. Just me and the fish!