In this article, I would like to share with you some great information on monofilament, fluorocarbon, and braided fishing lines. These represent the most popular fishing lines being used: the following tips and pointers will benefit you greatly.
This is a “High Stretch” line with good absorption factors. It’s relatively inexpensive & readily available. However, it has a shelf life due to the fact that it absorbs sunlight, general light, and water, which makes it susceptible to breaking. It also stretches when under pressure which also weakens your line. If you fish often, you should cut off a minimum of a few yards of your monofilament line each week & re-tie your lures. The first few yards get exposed the most to water & sunlight, thus becoming weaker & susceptible to breakage. For example, your ten-pound test line could be scaled down to a two-pound test line.
This is a “Low Stretch” line which is typically abrasion resistant & virtually invisible to fish – a perfect combination for the fisherman. Unlike Monofilament, it does not absorb water & sunlight & therefore does not break down as easily, & has a much longer shelf life. In general though, it is much more expensive than Monofilament line but the trade off is worth it. At a minimum, you should be using a fluorocarbon leader on all your monofilament lines. If you can afford to, then spool up with half monofilament & the other half with fluorocarbon (join your lines using a uni-knot) – or better yet, just spool up with 100% fluorocarbon. It may be more expensive, but in the long run will pay for itself.
This is a “No Stretch” line with amazing strength and a long shelf life. The line diameters it comes in are much smaller than that of monofilament or fluorocarbon, giving you a lot more line capacity on your spool. It can be expensive though & generally is more visible to fish, especially in clear water. You should use a fluorocarbon leader on your braided line in order to not spook the fish. You can use a uni-knot and tie both your braided line & fluorocarbon line together, or, use a swivel to connect your lines.
Another very important note: Before you begin spooling up with braided line, your spool will need some sort of backing put on it first. For example, put a piece of tape on your empty spool first, then spool up your braided line overtop of your tape…or, put a couple yards of monofilament on your empty spool first, then continue with the braided line (again, use a uni-knot to tie the two lines together). If you do not use some type of backing on your spool first, your braided line could/will “slip” against the metal spool each time you set the hook – regardless of how tight you have your drag set. Some packages may even come with some sort of backing material.