The Angler’s Guide To Different Types Of Fishing Lines

The Angler’s Guide To Different Types Of Fishing Lines

Whether you’re an experienced fisher or a beginner angler, you are going to have to put a lot of thought into choosing the right tackle for the job. There are so many different pieces of gear that you will have to bring with you that it can sometimes be a challenge to keep track of everything, and we understand the struggle.

Today, we are going to be looking at the fishing line, and everything that you want to know about it, but more specifically, we'll be focusing on fishing line types. Of course, before we get into the nitty-gritty details of fishing line varieties, let's take a look at some basic knowledge about this crucial piece of equipment.

Why Are Fishing Lines One Of The Key Aspects Of Catching Fish?

If you are just getting started, you may be wondering why fishing line is so important and why you can’t go out and choose any old kind of line to get the job done. Well, fishing is a sport that requires a lot of preparation, and a lot of the time, you’ll have lost a fish before you even got a bite, especially with the wrong line.

Fishing lines.

To put it plainly, different kinds of line are rated for various loads before they will snap, and this is typically the first thing that you will want to look at when buying some fishing line. Of course, to know the right kind of weight that you will want your line to handle, you will have to consider the type of fish that you are going after.

You will need either heavier line or fishing line that is made out of a material with a higher tensile strength if you are expecting to catch heavier fish. Line ratings are a matter for another time, but we’ll be taking a look at the performance that you can expect from various kinds of lines.

How To Tie Fishing Line

There are many different ways that you can tie your fishing line, but we’ll be taking a look at the clinch knot since it is a simple way to attach your line and it is popular.

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    Thread the line through.
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    Twist the end of the line around it about five times.
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    Run the end of the line through the loop that was just created.
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    Pull everything tight.
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    Cut off any excess line that is hanging out of the loop.

Types Of Fishing Lines

Now that we have covered all of the basics of fishing lines, we can move on to the different kinds of fishing lines and how they differ from each other. You will find that each variety has its own set of pros and cons, and there are three main types: monofilament lines, fluorocarbon lines, and specialty lines.

Monofilament Fishing Lines

These are the classic fishing line type, and they still work as well as they ever have, but they are seeing diminished popularity because of the inherent advantages of newer varieties. Even though newer line types are becoming more widespread, monofilament lines are still the majority that are sold.

Of course, monofilament is easy to find in stores, and it is rather inexpensive, so you may be wondering where it goes wrong. Well, the biggest issue with monofilament lines is that they tend to break down after being exposed to enough water, which is something that you don't want in a fishing line.

Fluorocarbon Fishing Lines

This variety was created because of the deficiencies of the mono fishing line, and you will find that the fluorocarbon type is a much better choice for the serious fisherman. First of all, these lines are all but invisible to fish when they are in the water because they do not reflect light like monofilament lines.

Fluorocarbon Fishing Lines

Another advantage to these fishing lines is that they don't have the durability problems that are related to mono lines. You can expose fluorocarbon lines to water for an extended period, and you won't have to worry about replacing them anywhere near as often as the previous variety, saving you money.

Braided Fishing Line

There is another kind of fishing line that is often considered a subtype of fluorocarbon lines, and that is the braided variety. These fishing lines are designed for use in high-speed fishing reels so they can get up to much higher temperatures before failing, making them a perfect choice for advanced anglers.

Other than being able to withstand high temperatures, you will find that braided fishing lines are also much thinner than the other types. While you can expect to pay more for braided lines, you may find it worth it for the improved performance you get out of them.

Specialty Lines

There are also a few different kinds of specialty lines that you won't find used anywhere near as often as the three other types we looked at before. While you may not find them as versatile, these fishing lines can help you out quite a bit in certain situations, and they consist of the following: fly lines, tenkara, and wire lines.

Fly Lines

Fly lines are the fishing lines that are used in fly fishing, and they are distinct from other kinds in that they are quite a bit heavier, as they will have to be tossed. Since the fly doesn’t weigh anything, the line itself is what will need to maintain the momentum of the throw, resulting in a weighted design.


Tenkara fishing is a form of Japanese fly fishing that uses a line that is about as long as the rod. One of the ends of the line will be looped so that you can tie it to the end of your fishing rod which can be as simple as a wooden pole with a hole in it.

Wire Line

The final kind of fishing line is wire line, and it is used in heavy applications, such as on fishing boats where you will need as much strength as possible. These lines are usually too heavy to use in small-scale fishing applications.


As you can see, there are different kinds of fishing lines for every application.

Fishing line on a fishing rod.

We hope that we have been able to help you find the right kind for your needs. Feel free to leave a comment down below if you have any remarks of questions.


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