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    How Strong Are Nylon Fishing Lines?
    Nylon polymer fishing lines come in a variety of strengths based on the load they can handle before breaking. From ultralight to offshore applications, there is a nylon fishing line that will tackle the toughest quarry. Here are break strength ratings for various types of nylon fishing lines.

    Ande Tournament Monofilament

    The International Game Fish Association is the official record keeper when it comes to trophy fish and anglers need to meet stringent requirements when it comes to line class records. Ande's Tournament line meets these standards and will not over-test, meaning if you caught a potential world record trout on 8-pound test, it would qualify for that category since the Ande line strength breaks at 8 pounds of pressure.

    Stren Magnathin

    Stren introduced the Magnathin line for anglers who need a high-strength, low-diameter line. Designed for light line applications, this smooth casting monofilament is available in break strengths of 4 to 30 pounds. This allows anglers to drop down a line test without giving up strength, which is a huge advantage in clear water situations.

    Berkley XL

    Berkley Fishing makes a wide range of nylon fishing lines and the XL lines are formulated to be smooth casting and trouble free. Available from 2- to 30-pound test, the XL line will hold true to its break strength rating while casting effortlessly with few tangles.

    Gamma Technologies

    Gamma fishing lines alter their product in a manner that changes the molecular compound of the nylon making it stronger and lighter than other similar nylon lines. Gamma lines boast a 50 percent increase in casting distance while remaining true to their line test rating of 4 to 20 pounds.

    Sufix Elite

    While most nylon lines are either "easy handling" or "heavy duty," Sufix claims to offer the best of both worlds with the Elite line. This line is available from 4- to 100-pound test that proves to be much stronger than the line rating it is given.


    Article Written By Brian M. Kelly

    Brian M. Kelly has been freelance writing since 2003. His work has been published in respected outdoor magazines such as Outdoor Life, Great Lakes Angler and Salmon Trout Steelheader. He holds an associate's degree in automated machine design from Macomb College.

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