Fishing Lines Guide

There’s so many marketing names for the technology used in fishing lines that selecting fishing lines gets quite confusing sometimes. Below we will break down the properties of each line type and hopefully make things clearer:

Braid:

  • Generally performs the best in spinning reels, as it tolerates the most twisting due to having almost no memory effect (i.e. when you bend or twist a bit of braid line it wont spring back like mono or fluorocarbon).
  • Thin diameter so cuts through the water column faster.
  • Has almost no stretch, and along with the previous point, makes it great for deep sea fishing/jigging.
  • Extremely high breaking strength vs. line diameter, which allows for spooling much more braid line onto a reel than mono or fluorocarbon.
  • Great for longlining and cutting through weedy areas.
  • For shallower depths, braid line typically requires a monofilament/fluorocarbon leader, to give it a little more stretch to better set the hook (i.e. some elasticity to prevent fish from head shaking loose).

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Monofilament:

  • Easier to tie than both fluorocarbon and braid, though this is somewhat subjective.
  • Less line memory (supple) than fluorocarbon.
  • Thickest diameter out of all 3 line types.
  • Most stretch out of all 3 types of lines.
  • Falls slowest through the water.
  • Good for slow-jigging due to the stretch of the line.
  • Degrades over time due to water absorption and UV damage.

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    Fluorocarbon:

      • Sinks
      • Thinner in diameter vs. monofilament of the same strength
      • Low visibility in water (as fluorocarbon material has similar refractive index as water)
      • Stretches, but not as much as monofilament.
      • Abrasion resistant, so good for fishing rocky/weedy areas.
      • Knots made in fluorocarbon MUST be wet and seated properly when tying, or else it will wiggle loose once water lubricates the knot.
      • Drops through the water column the fastest – great for casting crank baits or other lures you need to get to depth quickly.
      • More expensive than monofilament.
      • Doesn’t degrade like monofilament, which also means it must be disposed of properly (no tossing snippings off the boat).
      • Not very suitable for spooling up spinning reels due to memory effect of the line, as it will retain any twist in the line and act as a spring when unspooling.

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