Back in the day, monofilament line was the way to go and your choices were fairly limited. In today’s world, anglers have so many different line options from mono to braid to fluoro to lead core to the new super lines. Take a look below to learn more about the different fishing lines to find the best fit for your situation.
Different Types of Lines
Monofilament Line is still the most common fishing line on the market, but techonology is definitely giving anglers more options. Mono is relatively inexpensive compared to the other lines and many anglers still prefer using mono over the other lines. Mono does stretch, which may be a problem in setting the hook on a fish from far away. The stretch in the line does help in fighting a fish because the line will stretch before it will snap, but if your drag is set too tight and you’re not using heavy enough line, I wouldn’t count on the line stretching enough to avoid snapping with a heavier fish. Mono is a great fishing line, but there are other options that have some advantages.
Fluorocarbon line is invisible once it is underwater. Fluorocarbon is a great line for heavily pressured waters, clear waters or after a cold front when the fish may be less aggressive. Many anglers use fluorocarbon as a leader with mono or braid as their main line on the reel. For example, an angler may fill their entire spool with monofilament line, then add a 2 to 3 foot fluorocarbon leader at the end. There are a few reasons why fishermen will do this. Anglers that use mono with a fluorocarbon leader usually do so to save money because mono is fairly cheap. Anglers that use braid with a mono leader tend to do so to take advantage of the smaller diameter, it doesn’t stretch and the extra casting distance that braided line gives them. Braided line is easily visible, so a fluorocarbon leader gives anglers the advantages of both fishing lines to help catch more fish.
Braided line is excellent line. It’s strong with no stretch and it has a smaller diameter than monofilament or fluorocarbon line of the same strength. Because of this, many anglers get away with throwing their favorite spinning tackle over a baitcaster rod and reel because they can get plenty of heavy line onto a smaller reel. The biggest disadvantage of braided line is that it is highly visible underneath the water, especially in clear water. In murky water with fast-moving baits, this may not be a problem. If you are finesse fishing with slow baits in clear water, the visibility of the braided line will definitely reduce the amount of bites you will get. Most anglers will add a 2 to 3 foot fluorocarbon leader to the end of the line for a more realistic presentation.
Super lines are here to stay and potentially the future in fishing lines. These lines are a braided line which is made up of a type of polyethylene that is extremely thin and extremely strong. It is similar to braided dacron in terms of sensitivity, however, it is only about 1/3 that of monofilament. Here is a great link to how Berkley explains their super lines as far as how they are made, what the benefits are and what the negatives are.
Lead-core line is made for trolling. It is made with a nylon-braided sheath and a lead center core. The outer sheath of nylon changes color every 10 yards. Lead-core line is better for fishing deeper water and by having the color system, anglers can easily figure out how much line they have out which helps them figure out how deep the lures will be running.