Fishing Line Types

Fishing Line Types
It is no simple chore to walk into a tackle shop and choose a fishing line for those unfamiliar with the various types on the market. Today's fishing lines have designs that make them better suited to specific ways of fishing. These fishing lines vary when it comes to how much they will stretch, how they look to the fish and how strong they are.

Trolling Line

Trolling line has a design that allows an angler to know exactly how much of it he has let off her reel as she trolls it behind a moving watercraft. Trolling line has divided colored sections, and each section is a specific length so the angler simply has to watch the sections deploy to know how much line is out. Trolling line possesses a lead core, a feature that keeps the bait down in the water and makes presenting bait in this manner much easier. The typical trolling setup includes a reel with great line capacity and a line counter.


Fluorocarbon Line

Fluorocarbon fishing line's greatest advantage over other lines is the fact that its refractive index parallels that of water. This makes it imperceptible to an unsuspecting fish and desirable for anglers that want odds in their favor. Fluorocarbon line resists abrasion and the corrosive effects of ultraviolet rays from the sun and chemicals in the environment. It is a stalwart line in terms of its strength and does not stretch. Because fluorocarbon fishing line coasts more than the other types, many anglers will buy a spool and use it almost exclusively as material for leaders, attaching a small segment onto their other line.

Braided Lines

Sensitivity to the slightest nibble of a biting fish and great sturdiness are major assets of braided fishing lines. These lines came into existence in the 1990s. They excel at standing up to a heavy fish that thrashes around in weedy scenarios, which would quickly snap lesser lines. Braided lines are more costly because of the manufacturing methods used to interweave synthetic fibers into one superior strand. Anglers must exercise care when employing braided lines as the line can cause damage to their equipment and hands due to its tenacity; it has the ability to cut into rod guides and fingers.

Monofilament Line

The most purchased fishing line is monofilament, a nylon line that has a low price in its corner that contributes to its popularity. Monofilament is not difficult to cut or to tie fishing knots into to attach terminal tackle, and it casts exceedingly well. It is not nearly as tough as other fishing line types, with abrasion and nicks in the line, a problem that makes it necessary to change on a regular basis. However, monofilament has made many advances since its early days while still staying inexpensive, and many anglers are so comfortable using it that they are reluctant to switch to anything else.


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