The fishing line is undeniably the most important part of your entire fishing pole. After all, it is the direct connection between the fish and you. That being said, you want to make sure you’re making the right choice when it comes to choosing a fishing line.
With so many types of fishing line available on the market, it can become quite a difficult challenge to choose the right one. We’re going to dive into the world of fishing line ad let you know what different types of fishing line are available, and what they are commonly used for, as well as pros and cons to each type.
When it comes to fishing lines, monofilament line is undeniably one of the most popular and commonly used line. In this type of line, the material is solely nylon. It is one long, continuous line, with no breaks or braids that are found in other types of fishing line.
Monofilament line is the most popular type of fishing line from fishermen for a variety of reasons, with the most popular reasons being the following:
- This type of line comes in a wide variety of strengths, so you can find a line that fits the game you’re trying to catch with ease. Remember that a stronger fishing line will be necessary when catching heavier fish.
- Monofilament line is also available in several colors, so putting your own unique style and creativity into your fishing line is a cinch. However, while doing some abstract may be fun, clear and blue are the most commonly used colors because they are hard to see in the water by fish, and therefore have a better catch rate.
- Monofilament line is the least expensive line on the market; but it’s important to note that because it is not expensive, doesn’t mean it’s not useful or durable.
- This line is extremely stretchy, which means it can stretch and absorb any type of shock it may come into contact with.
- While being shock resistant, it is also resilient to any type of abrasion which is essential for fishermen.
- Monofilament line will remain neat and easily rolled into the spool which means for easy release as well as retraction when pulling in your game.
While monofilament line is popular, sturdy, and easy to use, there are a few downsides to using this type of fishing line. First and foremost, it can wear and tear over time due to the fact that it is made of nylon. Secondly, this fishing line will likely begin to curve with your spool after long periods of time as it becomes used to the curvature.
Braid Fishing Line
Unlike monofilament line that is one continuous line, the braided fishing line is a collection of fibers that are braided together. The material is extremely strong, durable, and thin, so it is almost impossible to see the braids. They are tightly strewn together for optimal design and catch.
There are four very important benefits to using braid fishing line, including the following:
- Braided fishing lines sink faster that monofilament line, which means you’ll spend less time waiting for the line to sink and spend more time catching fish.
- This type of fishing line can also cast a lot further than the mono line counterpart, which is ideal when fishing in larger areas like deep sea fishing.
- Braided lines are twice as strong as mono lines, so when wondering what type of line to use for bass fishing and other fishing of larger, heavier game, braided fishing lines are ideal.
- The braid fishing lines troll much deeper than a mono line has capability to do, making it the ideal match for those who do troll fishing often.
Along with these benefits, braid fishing lines also have the benefit of not being excessively stretchy, meaning you will be able to feel a bite from a fish easier than a mono line. It will also not wear and tear over time, making it a better long-term option for fishermen.
The downsides to braid fishing lines are few and far between, but are still notable. First and foremost, the braid fishing line is extremely slippery, which means it can be way more difficult to tie a knot and keep the knot in place. It’s also harder to cut than a mono line, which means you’ll need to carry something sharp with you to ensure the line can be cut when necessary. Lastly, the line is not see-through like the clear and blue monofilament lines, so they can more easily be seen by fish.
Fluorocarbon Fishing Line
This resistant, invisible type of fishing line is typically used with braid fishing lines, but there are new products coming out making fluorocarbon the star material in the fishing line. It’s a tough, durable, and sturdy line that’s great for tougher, heavier game like bass.
Wire Fishing Line
Wire fishing line isn’t used incredibly often, but it is necessary for those who deal with ‘toothier’ fish. This is because the wire will be able to hold onto these fish with more ease, and therefore is reserved for those working with that type of fish.
Which Type of Line is Right for You?
When deciding on which type of fishing line to purchase, it’s important to note what type of game you’re trying to catch. Someone catching simple, lightweight game will find that mono fishing line works just fine, while someone who is hunting for bass will need something much stronger like a braid fishing line. Each have their pros and cons, so make sure you do ample research before purchasing.
There are several different types of fishing line on the market, and choosing the right one for your needs is imperative. Take into account the game you’re trying to catch and take it from there. Remember that mono is cost-effective and works well but may be damaged over time. Braided fishing line is far sturdier, but can be a lot more challenging to work with- especially for new fishermen out there.