With so many varied types of fishing lines available for an angler to choose from, it can become confusing as to what kinds are best for his needs. But by knowing what these lines are composed of and what their advantages are, a consumer can make an educated selection when it comes to purchasing fishing line.
Monofilament line has been around since 1939, is composed of a single strand of nylon, and is easy to cut and tie knots. It is still the most purchased type of fishing line despite being more prone to abrasion than newer types of line.
Braided lines are also known as superlines and are made by fusing or braiding synthetic fibers such as Kevlar together to form a line with superior strength. Braided lines come in very thin diameters and won't stretch, but some tend to have inferior knot strength.
Trolling line has sections of different colors every 10 yards so the angler knows how much line he has trailing behind him as he fishes. It is used exclusively for this purpose.
Fluorocarbon line is practically invisible underwater, sinks quickly and is very abrasion resistant. It is also able to withstand ultraviolet rays from sunlight that tend to affect other lines.
Monofilament is a great line for beginning anglers because it is easy to cast, and braided line is so strong that it can pull large fish out of heavy vegetation. Fluorocarbon line is the best choice as a leader holding a hook, which attaches to the end of some other kind of line and is hard for the fish to detect.