Three Common Types of Fishing Line

Brian D. Eliason, the president of Northern Fisheries, Ltd., manages the import and wholesale distribution of high-quality frozen seafood products such as cod, haddock, and pollock. Outside of work, Brian D. Eliason regularly enjoys fly fishing and sport fishing.

Fishing line is one of the most important components of a fishing rod and reel, yet many anglers are unaware of the different types of line that are available. The following are three of the most common types of fishing line:

1. Monofilament: This type of line is, by far, the most common type of fishing line. It is made from a single-compound material, is available in varying colors and strengths, and is more affordable than other types of fishing line. While it is resistant to abrasion and shock absorbent, it does break down over time and is not as strong as braided line.

2. Braid: Braided fishing line is twice as strong as monofilament lines, and it allows anglers to increase the amount of line on their spool. Due to its durability, this type casts farther and sinks faster, and anglers do not have to worry about it looping when it’s on the spool for too long. Further, braided lines last much longer and don’t stretch, thus allowing anglers to feel every nudge from a fish.

3. Fluorocarbon: First designed in Japan, fluorocarbon fishing line has become popular among fly and saltwater anglers thanks to its low visibility in the water. These abrasion-resistant lines are perfect for fishing in rough conditions, and they stretch less than monofilament lines do. Because of this, they work well as a leader to a braided line.

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