By Mark Gercovich
I usually don’t use my best gear for river trout fishing. The very nature of local river trout fishing in SE Victoria, clambering around steep banks, dodging overhanging trees and keeping it in the car for quick impromptu sessions can be hard on your gear. Therefore my interline rods were being left behind on such trips, however soon I began realizing some significant benefits of interline rods were being sorely missed. There’s nothing worse than clambering down into position to fire off a cast into a likely spot, then having the lure go nowhere because the line catches around a guide. Because so often that cast is along the bank into a stiff wind at this time off year this was occurring frequently enough to becoming more than just annoying. In situations where you are only getting one cast at a fish you don’t want to blow that chance by a dud cast due to guide wrap.
The Interline also has proved beneficial this season in lake trolling situations. By running a lure way back you are not only keeping it out of the way of the other deeper trolling/downrigger rods but the lure is travelling well away from any disturbance made by the boat. Known in game fishing terms as the ‘shotgun’ lure, this lure is run often as far as 50-60m behind the boat. The shot gun lure has been producing well for us this season at not only just in the dawn dusk low light periods that usually lend themselves to flat lining, but throughout the day. Using a longer rod like the Daiwa Interline 7’6” model helps keep the line out of the way of the other rods in the set and assists in positive hook ups despite the amount of line out. The longer rod also helps when managing a large frisky trout around the boat side particularly if there are other lines and downriggers still in the water.
The shorter 6’6” model has proved to be a very compact and manageable down rigging rod. The usual annoying problem of line tangling round the guides or rod tip as you attempt to attach the line to the downrigger clip is eliminated by there being no guides. The lack of guides on the interline models also helps reduce tangles should another line come in contact with the rod when turning the boat. The line simply slides along the blank and back to its normal position once the boat has straightened.