The difference between Monofilament, Braid and Fluorocarbon fishing line

One of the most confusing choices for anglers world wide is choosing the right fishing line. Which fishing line is the best? Well, that depends. Of the big three (we will discuss copolymer another time) each has a very specific purpose, and ideal condition for use. That is why there is no single answer to that question.

The first fishing line attribute to look at is stretch.

Monofilament stretches. Braid doesn’t stretch. Flourocarbon has very little stretch.

The next attribute of fishing line, is buoyancy.

Monofilament floats, Braid floats, Fluorocarbon sinks.

Another key, is visability:

Monofilament is slightly visible, Braid is highly visible, and Fluorocarbon is practically invisible in the water.

While there are  more, the last important characteristic is durability.

Monofilament is prone to abrasions and nicks. Fluorocarbon is considerably more durable than Monofilament, and Braid is the most durable of the three.

Ok, so lets bring that all together and discuss some scenarios.

  • When fishing crankbaits and other diving or sinking lures, fluorocarbon is ultra low visibility and quite durable. With limited stretch, you will detect even the most delicate nibble more consistantly. Because it sinks, it will help you get that lure down where you want it.
  • When fishing in heavy cover Braided line floats, has very little stretch for solid hook sets, and can typically cut through weeds when you are hung up. This line is super durable and can withstand repeated assaults from wood, shells and fish.
  • Most anglers will agree that for open topwater action, nothing beats Monofilament. It floats, so it will not hamper the action of your lure, it has low visibility, and a little bit of stretch. That stretch can give you a natural delay which allows the fish to really take the bait.

There is one last attribute that nylon braided line has that sets it apart from the others: diameter. Braid is far thinner than it’s counterparts; most spools of line will compare the braid diameter as an equivalent to monofilament. For instance the 50lb test Braid that I use has a comparable diameter to 12lb test monofilament.

The last important note about fishing line actually has to do with your reel. Should you wish to use line heavier than 12lb test, you should use a baitcast reel rather than a spinning reel. Baitcasters are specifically made to accept heavier/thicker line than a spinning reel.

Good luck, and remember, when you need to fish, AnyPuddle will do…

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