How to Use Nylon Fishing Line

How to Use Nylon Fishing Line
The DuPont chemical company introduced nylon fishing line in 1939, forever changing the sport of fishing. Now known by the common name monofilament, nylon line is the most popular variety of fishing line in the world. The line strength is typically rated by pounds. The name monofilament describes the single strand of nylon manufactured for fishing. Use nylon line to make your next fishing trip a success.


Difficulty: Moderately Easy

Things You’ll Need:
  • Nylon fishing line
  • Rod and reel
  • Tackle, bait and lures
Step 1
Choose a nylon line that's right for your rod and reel combination. Saltwater reels for deep-sea fishing need monofilament nylon line rated at 100 pounds or more, but surfcasting equipment for saltwater angling can use line rated at 15 to 20 pounds because of the smaller size of fish you are more likely to encounter in the surf. Freshwater ultralight rod-and-reel equipment will need 4- to 8-pound test line. Bass anglers will want to spool medium-duty baitcasting reels with 10- to 12-pound line.
Step 2
Select a line color for visibility, depending on water conditions. Nylon line comes in many colors. You can select a color that blends with the water or go for a contrasting color to help you follow your casts.
Step 3
Spool new nylon line on your reel by winding the line four to five times around the spool, threading the line under the windings and tying it off with an overhand knot.
Step 4
Add line to the reel by cranking the retrieval handle on your reel, making sure the line goes on the reel in the same clockwise direction that it comes off the spool package. This prevents nylon kinks and tangles, which can weaken the line and result in lost fish.
Step 5
Fill the reel with nylon line to the recommended level printed on the reel spool, but don't overload it. Too much nylon line will flip off your reel in big loops, causing tangles, aggravation and possibly foul language.
Step 6
Practice casting a few times with a reel spooled with fresh line to make sure there are no problems before you go fishing.
Step 7
Rinse the spooled nylon line in fresh water after fishing, then air-dry your rod and reel. Removing dirt and silt will prolong the life of nylon fishing line.
Step 8
Clip off 2 to 3 feet on the end of your nylon line each time you go fishing. The first 2 to 3 feet take most of the abuse and are more prone to nicks and cuts that could eventually cause a sudden break at a bad time--like when you are fighting the greatest fish of your life.

Tips & Warnings

Dispose of nylon line properly. Tangled snarls of fishing line left in the field can choke and kill wildlife, especially waterfowl.

Article Written By James Clark

James Clark began his career in 1985. He has written about electronics, appliance repair and outdoor topics for a variety of publications and websites. He has more than four years of experience in appliance and electrical repairs. Clark holds a bachelor's degree in political science.

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