4 Types of Fishing Line

Fishing Line – P-Line Tactical Fluorocarbon

Fishing line is essential for catching bass. It’s your only connection between you and the fish. Just like fishing reels, there are multiple types of line, and each of them has a use. Here are the four main types of line that we use on the FLW Tour and the best times to have them spooled up on your reels. 


1. Monofilament 

Monofilament (or mono) is one of the most common and widely used fishing lines out there. If you buy a rod with line already on it, you probably are using monofilament. Mono is a great “do-all” line to start with. It is cheap and very strong. It also floats, which makes it an excellent choice for baits you want to keep up on the surface or simply higher off the bottom of the water. However, mono will absorb water and stretches, and it’s generally less sensitive than other lines. 

Mono is a good, cheap and safe route to go when using baits such as topwaters, spinnerbaits and crankbaits. It’s not the best choice for jigs and bottom baits. 


2. Braid 

Braided fishing lines are made of smaller strands braided together to form a very strong line. Braided lines are significantly thinner than other lines of the same pound-test rating, allowing you to use thinner line for smoother casting on spinning reels or much stronger line on baitcasters. Many braided lines will even far exceed their rated strength and have almost zero stretch. However, they do have a few drawbacks. Braided line is more visible in the water to the fish and is typically expensive (but it also lasts a long time). 

Braided lines come in a number of styles, too, from traditional woven lines to variations where the strands are fused together. Turn to braided lines when you’re fishing very murky waters or are trying to pull fish out of the thickest cover. For spinning tackle, it works great if you learn to tie on a leader of clear fluorocarbon. 


3. Fluorocarbon 

Fluorocarbon (or fluoro) is the choice for most professional anglers these days. Flouro is nearly invisible in the water, sinks, is very sensitive, doesn’t absorb water and doesn’t stretch as easily as mono. Of course, nothing is perfect, and that holds true for flouro. While it does almost everything well, fluorocarbon tends to be stiffer than other lines, which leads to more memory and “coiling” on the reel. This means you will need to change it more often. 

Use fluorocarbon anytime you are in super-clear water or are looking for a line that gives you sensitivity to feel subtle bites. 


4. Co-polymer 

Co-polymer is an excellent choice of line for someone looking for a middle-of-the-road option. It’s a variation of mono, but is made of different combinations and blends of materials to achieve the perfect line for different scenarios. There are even fluorocarbon-coated variations. Many co-polymers float like mono. They don’t have much memory and will usually last a long time. 

Turn to co-polymer lines when you want great performance, but can’t spend a ton. Study up on the specifics of each line to find out what it was designed to do. That way you can make sure you get the right line for the job. 

Use these tips the next time you are picking out your fishing line. There’s a type and size for EVERY situation. 

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