Learn about all different types of fishing line and what to buy

Northern Ontario Cottage RentalsFishing isn’t always easy; sometimes it can be a waiting game, whether you choose to fish a lake, stream, river or ocean. You certainly need patience to make a success of fishing, but you also need to be ready to leap into action and land that fish when it finally bites onto your line. To land your fish, you need more than a bit of patience and a state-specific fishing license.

Getting good quality fishing equipment is essential. It can make the difference between success and failure in your fishing; that goes for the fishing line that you use as much as it does for the rod, bait and lure, but very often, unless you are a very experienced angler and have learned the hard way that your fishing line matters a great deal, fishing lines can be sorely neglected in the putting together of your fishing kit. Getting the wrong type of fishing line for the fish you want to land can result in ‘the one that got away’ or at the very least annoying tangles on your fishing line.

Basically, there are four types of fishing line available to buy: monofilament, braided, fused and fluorocarbon. Let’s have a look at each of those in turn now:

Monofilament Fishing Line

This is the most popular type of fishing line and has been in use for years. It is a great type of fishing line for all sorts of circumstances and conditions for fishing.  One disadvantage of monofilament fishing line needs to be taken into consideration when storing your fishing equipment; that is that if it is stored for a long time, it tends to take on the shape in which it has been stored. This means it won’t easily straighten out again to allow you to use it easily for fishing if you have not fished with it for a while; therefore, if you use monofilament fishing line and you do not fish often, you would be well advised to replace this type of fishing line when you want to use it again if it has been left in one shape for a long time. A great fishing line for Bass Fishing.

Braided Fishing Line

As you might expect, braided fishing lines are the strongest of all the types of fishing line available.  They don’t stretch and they float in the water. The strength of braided fishing lines can also be a disadvantage as although they are strong, the braided nature of the fishing line can make it quite abrasive on your hands and also your rod and the guides on your rod. This means you have to have a durable fishing road and reel to cope with braided fishing line. A great fishing line for Walleye Fishing.

Fused Fishing Line

It probably won‘t be a surprise to you that fused fishing lines are similar to braided fishing lines. They are very strong too and basically the difference between the two is that fused fishing lines have their threads glued together in their manufacturing and they then are surrounded by another coating to strengthen it further, rather than simply being woven together as is the case in braided fishing lines. This means that fused fishing lines have some disadvantages in common with braided fishing line: they are difficult to cut except with scissors or a sharp knife so that you would need to ensure that your fishing kit includes something with which to cut the fishing line.  It also slides around a little on the reel spool. You should also be aware that both braided and fused fishing lines are thicker and therefore more easily visible to the fish – so they get advanced warning of your intentions! A great fishing line for Northern Pike fishing.

Fluorocarbon Fishing Line

Fluorocarbon fishing lines are invisible to the fish and do not have the problems of  retaining their shape which older types of  fishing line have; they are therefore the most popular type of fishing line in the modern world of fishing today. Here are some popular links below explaining more about fishing line and types of line you can purchase. This kind of fishing line can be use for Bass, Pike, Walleye, Perch.


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