Fishing Line

There are several types of fishing line.  The most frequent lines used are monofilament and braid. So, monofilament is made from nylon and is one long continuous filament.  And, braided fishing line is made up of several extremely strong, and very thin fibers.  These are made from material similar to Kevlar and are braided together to form a line that is basically round in cross section.

Monofilament fishing line is certainly the most popular fishing line.  It comes in a wide variety of strengths and colors. Clear and blue are very popular because they are very difficult for a fish to see. Also, monofilament is less expensive than other lines. It is perfect because it stretches to absorb shocks and it is abrasion resistant. Being consistently round in cross section helps keep it neat on the spool. Furthermore, monofilament is easy to tie knots in. However, the disadvantage would be from “memory” where it loops in the shape of the spool.

Braided fishing line is exceedingly strong for a certain diameter.  It is often twice as strong as monofilament.  So you can pack more line on a spool at a given pound test. So, this means that it sinks faster, casts farther and trolls deeper than monofilament.  Furthermore, braid line doesn’t have any memory. This is ideal because loops and twists aren’t a problem. Also, braid line doesn’t break down in sunlight enabling you to keep it on the spool year after year. And it doesn’t stretch at all.  As a result, so you can feel every last bump of the bottom and that nudge from a fish that you’ve been waiting for.

Other Varieties of Fishing Line are fluorcarbon, wire and fly.

Fluorocarbon is used a lot as leader material. It is totally invisible underwater and very abrasion resistant. This makes it the ideal compliment to braid. Some brands made of fluorocarbon are being sold as a main line.

Wire is another leader material that is used when fishing for toothed fish like mackerel and tuna. Wire comes in both single strand and braided types. Wire is favored for some types of trolling where going into deep depths is very important. So, this requires special hardened spools for the reels.

Fly line comes in certain weights. These don’t reference the breaking strength but instead the heaviness of the line. This needs to match up with the fly rod. Fly line attaches to a leader called a tippet. This comes in different breaking strengths.


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