Understanding different types of fishing line

You have planned a weekend away to go fishing and crack open a cold one. You are enjoying all that nature has to offer. A retreat that is refreshing for both mind, body and soul. The only thing to damper your mood is when you leave having caught no fish. The hours pass slowly, yet still there is no sign of life and if there is your fishing line fails you. In the end you walk away with your head hanging in shame. In order to salvage all your dignity and honour we will help you understand the different types of fishing line so you can become a sporting hero in front of your friends and family.

*Monofilament is made from nylon and is one long continuous filament, whereas braided fishing line is made up from material to form a line.

Monofilament Fishing Line

This is the most popular fishing line as it is the least expensive and has added advantages of being able to stretch, absorb shocks, is abrasion resistant and is uniformly round in cross sections which helps keep it neat on the spool. They come in a diverse range of strengths and colours however blue and clear are the most sought after colours as they become transparent in water and are invisible to a fish eye. However the disadvantages of monofilament line are that they are not as strong as braid and it is also nylon and disintegrates with extensive exposure to sunlight so it needs to be replaced as frequently as once a year.

Braid Fishing Line

Braid sinks faster, casts farther and trolls deeper than mono and this is because it is very strong for a given diameter almost twice as strong as the monofilament line. You can also pack more line on a spool as a given pound test. Other benefits include its rigidity as it doesn’t stretch so you can feel all movement from the fish beneath. Braid also has no memory so you won’t have to struggle with loops or twists and this makes braid one of the best fishing lines for spinning reels. Braid does have disadvantages which include the problem of it being too slippery so you have to use knots that can hold despite the low friction. It is also hard to cut which can be troublesome and it isn’t translucent like mono so fish will see it and because of its lack of stretch there is no give when a fish strikes.

Fluorocarbon Fishing Line

These are ideal for freshwater fishing, saltwater fishing or fly fishing. Any type of fishing really. They are generally used as leader material but now there are actually a few brands of fluorocarbon being sold a main line. This is a very good option to invest in as it is completely invisible under water and very abrasion resistant making it the perfect complement to braid.

Wire Fishing Line

This is similar to fluorocarbon because it is also leader material. It is mainly used to catch fish such as mackerel and tuna because they have a lot of teeth as well as for some types of trolling which requires reaching depths. Wire comes in single strands and braided varieties.

Fly Fishing Line

Naturally with fly fishing you require weights that are in conjunction with the fly rod so that the heaviness of the line matches up with the fly rod. Fly line attaches to a leader called a tippet which comes in different breaking strengths.

Fishing line is the most vital part of fishing next to the rod itself. The type of fishing line you decide to use can predict the overall success and your performance when fishing.