Peter WilkinsAuthor: Peter Wilkins
Last Updated: September, 2019

Just like getting a top fish finder, your fishing line is a pretty crucial part of your fishing gear, and should not be overlooked. I’m sure everyone has hooked a quality fish only to have their line snap – I know I sure have on many occasions. To prevent this happening its always wise to check your line regularly, and also use a quality fishing line.

There are hundreds of different fishing line options available on the market, but which one is the best? You first have to learn about the different types of fishing line and their uses.

The 3 main types of fishing line include:

  • Monofilament
  • Braid
  • Flurocarbon

In this article we will give you some insight into the best line available of each type, and also when and how to use them.

”There is nothing worse than having your line break when you have hooked a big fish. This can be due to a number of reasons including the quality or selection of wrong fishing line.

Having a quality line will help both feeling the bits and also your hookup rate meaning you will land more fish and have more enjoyable days on the water!

Tight lines!”

Matt, Focus Fishing.

Focus Fishing Matt

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1. Stren High Impact Monofilament Fishing Line

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2. Berkley Trilene Big Game Monofilament Custom Spool

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3. Berkley, Trilene XT Monofilament Line Spool, 300 Yards, 0.014" Diameter, 10 lb Breaking Strength, Low-Vis Green

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BRAID

4. SpiderWire Stealth Superline Braid Fishing Line

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5. KastKing SuperPower Braided Fishing Line - Abrasion Resistant Braided Lines – Incredible Superline – Zero Stretch – Smaller Diameter – A Must-Have!

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6. KastKing KastPro Braided Fishing Line - Spectra Super Line - Made in The USA - Zero Stretch Braid - Thin Diameter - On Biodegradable BioSpool! - Aggressive Weave - Incredible Abrasion Resistance!

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FLUROCARBON

6. KastKing DuraBlend Monofilament Leader Line - Premium Saltwater Mono Leader Materials - Big Game Spool Size 120Yds/110M

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7. KastKing FluoroKote Fishing Line - 100% Pure Fluorocarbon Coated - 300Yds/274M Premium Spool - Upgrade from Mono Perfect Substitute Solid Fluorocarbon Line

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Buying Guide: Best Fishing Line

So what is a fishing line, and when should I use it?

Everyone from beginners in their fishing kayaks, to expert anglers with fancy polarized sunglasses and top-of-the-line portable fish finders should know what fishing line is and what it is used for, but did you know about the different types and weights of line and what types of fishing they are best suited to?

Fishing line is the main component of any fishing setup. It’s the crucial connection between rod and fish and without it, well… fishing wouldn’t be possible. As mentioned earlier there are 3 main types of fishing line, these are;

Monofilament

Monofilament, or just mono for short, is a clear single line made up of melting polymers with various chemicals and additives to create a strong, abrasive resistant fishing line. It is both cost-effective to make and purchase and almost invisible in the water which makes it ideal as a fishing line. Since its creation in the early 1930’s mono has come a long way from the stiff, difficult to work with characteristics to a new easy to work with line that we use today.

Benefits of using Mono

  • Cheap
  • Strong
  • Clear

Braid

Braid has been around for a very long time in a variety of shapes and forms. It dates back to ancient times and was one of the first types of fishing line invented. Whilst the strength and quality was not ideal back then, the technology has come leaps and bounds and the braid of today features ultra-high molecular weight polyethylene (UHMWPE). This fibre is known to be stronger than steel,
stretch free and ultra-light, and when combined together in multiple strands create the popular forms of braid used by fishermen all over the world.

Benefits of using Braid

  • Ultra-strong
  • Lightweight
  • Floats
  • Variety of colors and lbs

Flurocarbon

Flurocarbon is most commonly used as leader when fishing with braid as your main line. Flurocarbon provides clear abrasion resistant qualities which are ideal in the leader section of your fishing line. Without a fluorocarbon leader, you run the risk of abrasions on your braid from rocks, pylons and even the fishes body and scales. Flurocarbon being clear will ensure fish do not see your main braid line and therefore increase chances of hook-ups.

Benefits of using Flurocarbon

  • Strong and abrasion-resistant
  • Clear-Non stretch

What line to use and when

The most common line to use especially for spin reels, baitcasters and fly fishing is braid. It’s ultra high strength, lightweight and floating abilities make it ideal for these types of reels and fishing activities. When fishing with lures, the use of lightweight line will allow for a longer cast of your lure, but the good thing about braid is that lighter line doesn’t have to mean less strength. The ever increasing braid fishing line technology means companies are constantly coming up with lighter, thinner line that is still just as strong as previously thicker heavier versions. Braid also doesn’t have memory, therefore when used on a Shimano spinning reel for example, it won’t try and loop or twist when unwound like mono or fluorocarbon will. Braid is also ideal when fishing surface lures or fly fishing. The lightweight line will float and assist with keeping the lure on the top of the water, whereas other line is heavier and will sink.

Choosing the right line weight

Not only are there a wide range of lines to choose from, but they all also come in different weight ranges. If you only have the one-rod setup and only target the same species of fish, you can get away with having just 1 line weight, but when you fish for different fish in different locations you are going to need a range of fishing line weights. Basically, each line is rated to a certain breakpoint, this is typically measured in pounds (lbs). It is recommended to use a line with a breaking point suitable to the size and weight of the fish you are targeting, ie. Don’t use 4lb braid when trying to catch tuna, you won’t stand a chance. It’s a common practice to use a stronger leader than your braid mainline to prevent bite offs, or abrasions against the fish itself, or rocks. You may wonder why many fishermen have lots of rod and reel setups, this is because each rod is spooled with different weighted line and is set up to target specific fish.

About The Author

Peter Wilkins

Peter WilkinsWhen I’m not out fishing trying to land my next pb, you can find me writing about fishing, or reviewing the latest in fishing gear. Hopefully, our articles will help you make an informed decision on your next fishing tackle purchase, and ideally catch more fish!

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