Monofilament, braided, fluorocarbon, and trolling lines comprise the majority of fishing lines. These lines are manufactured using different methods, which results in their unique qualities.
Monofilament costs less than other types but it stretches readily, absorbs water and is not as strong as braided and fluorocarbon line. However, it is not difficult to cut, casts smoothly and anglers have no problems tying strong knots in monofilament.
Braided fishing lines are made by fusing high-strength synthetic fibers that can pull large fish out of heavy weeds without snapping. It is more expensive than monofilament, can cut an angler's hands if they are not careful and with braided lines some knots hold better than others.
The price of fluorocarbon is its biggest negative as well as the fact that it is not easy to cast. It is invisible once under the water, strong and resistant to weathering, water absorption and stretching.
Trolling lines differ from typical lines in that they consist of colored sections that change every ten yards. This allows the individual to know how much line he or she is letting out behind her boat. Some come with a lead-core middle to make them sink rapidly.