By Montana Grant

Posted: July 27, 2019

Monofilament or Braided fishing lines, which is BEST! Fishermen are loyal to their success and favorite products. We tend to stay connected to the lines we started with.

The first fly lines were made from waxed horsetail fibers. The first fishing lines were made of thin fibers of critter sinews. Today we have more modern and practical choices. Fibers from the leaves of a Yucca Plant made a strong line to catch fish in the South west.

The two primary lines of choice are Monofilament and Braided line.

Braided fishing lines    These lines are made by joining material fibers. Strong threads are woven and blended together for a strong solution to catching a fish. Braided line has no stretch. This sensitive line is commonly used for deep sea and long line fishing. The synthetic materials that make braid create a small diameter strong line that is easy to cats and holds large fish. If you get snagged, it becomes easier to bend your hooks for a release than to break your line.

Monofilament fishing lines    These lines come in a variety of colors, sizes, and styles. They are reliable, and available. If cared for properly, they tie secure knots and are smooth to use. For fine line fishing, mono is the best choice. Selective fish will not see mono but can see thicker lines and braid.

Choosing the BEST LINE means that you must also consider the type of fishing you plan to do.

Monofilament line in 6 lb. test is the most common line used in America. The thicker the line the stronger and more visible it becomes.

Bass fishing means that you need a stronger line. 6-20-pound test is common to pull Bass from dense cover and weeds.

Catfish, muskies, and Pike require a line that is heavier and thicker to prevent their sharp teeth from cutting it. Braided lines are preferred for these fish. A steel leader added to Mono will also work.

Saltwater fishing requires a sturdy line that can resist the harsh environment. Mono wears out faster than braid.

Fly fishermen rely on fine floating tippets that the trout can not see. Mono tends to be best in these situations.

For spin fishing, I prefer a gold or green colored line with a fluorocarbon tippet. This colored line allows me to more accurately cast and see the bites. Super clear mono is almost invisible. I use this as my tippet.

You can buy a 20 lb. test monofilament line or a Braid of the same diameter that has an 80 lb. test rating. I still feel that adding a mono fluorocarbon tippet is a smart way to go. Use hardware like a barrel swivel for your connections and tie a decent knot.

If you do get hooked up, Mono is easier to break than braid. Wear gloves and pull the heavier lines if you need to break them. No matter what line you prefer, tie a proper knot!

What’s your favorite line?

Montana Grant

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