It is no secret that in order for you to have a decent fishing trip or a fishing trip at all, you need to have fishing line on your rod. One of the biggest problems that I have run into is that there are so many different types of line out there that it can make your head spin. Picking the right line can be expensive, and also extremely tiring because once you spool line onto a reel, it can be a lot of work to take it back off, and all your efforts were for nothing. Do I go with a braided line or a monoline??? Will one help me catch more fish than the other? So many questions around something so simple.
To be honest, there is no miracle line that will make fish want to bite your bait, BUT… Having a good fishing line can make or break your catch when you hook a fish because you don’t want it to break the line causing you to lose your set-up.
I use braided line for my bass rods, and either Monofilament or Fluorocarbon for my trout and smaller fish rods. I do use a leader on my braid which is usually monofilament to give me a little bit of an edge when going after bass. Here are the best lines I have found so far.
I love braided line for my heavier bass rods and have been using it for years now. I highly recommend the Power Pro Spectra Fiber braided line for your setups. I have tried a few braided lines, and this one has really stood up and proved its worth.
Benefits of Braided line
- Better strength
- Better sensitivity for when fish bite
- Thinner diameter means more line on your reel
- Better casting distance
- Lasts longer
The only real downside I see to braid is that it will not snap as easy as a monofilament or fluorocarbon line will so be careful if you get stuck on a branch or rock because it could break your rod or reel. It is more expensive, but pound for pound it is a great fishing line to use.
Monofilament line is probably the most common fishing line that anglers use. It is less expensive than braid and fluorocarbon, and I love using it on my trout rods. I will stretch a little bit and is less visible in the water than braid. I am loving the Berkley Trilene XL line for all my rods, and have had very little trouble with knots or breaking with snags.
Benefits of Monofilament line
- More stretch
- Better at holding knots
- Lower sink rate
- Less expensive
- Many different colors to choose from
I have been using mono line since I was a kid, and it has held up for me over all these years. It is easy to tie knots, but be careful if you get snagged on a rock because it will break super easy.
Fluorocarbon line has been an up and comer in the fishing line scene for a while, and I have been using Berkley Vanish Fluorocarbon as my go-to line to put on my rods. It has awesome strength and is nearly invisible in the water. I can use it for a couple of seasons before even having to re-spool my reel, which lets me buy lures instead of the line.
Benefits of Fluorocarbon line
- Nearly Invisible
- Stronger than monofilament
- Nonabsorbent to water
I only use fluorocarbon on a couple of my rods, but I do like it because it is stronger than monoline, and really because I wanted to give it a try and see if it was better.
Does it really matter what I use
When I talk to other anglers and tell them that I use all three lines, the first thing they ask me is if it really matters what type of line they use, and the very short answer is, No, not really. When choosing a fishing line, it really is a matter of opinion, and what you like. I use all three types of lines for different purposes and am loving my setups, but that doesn’t mean you have to run right out and buy braided line. My advice to you is if you have the extra money to try out braid, or fluorocarbon line, do it! Try them out and see if you like them, you might be surprised and make the switch.
Picking a fishing line can be a confusing decision because of all the different brands and types out there, but it really doesn’t have to be. I have tried dozens of different lines in my fishing days, and have finally found the ones that I like to use regularly, but I am always looking at new ones out on the market. If I find a new one that is better than any of the above, I will let everyone know here!