Mono vs. Braid fishing line? Where Do You Draw The Line?

What type of fishing line to use and why?

Fishing line comes in several varieties, the 2 most typically used are monofilament and braid. Monofilament is created from nylon and is one long continuous filament, whereas braided fishing line is formed of many super strong, thin fibers made of Kevlar-like material and is braided together to form a line that's essentially physically strong. 

We all heard the debates between utilizing braided and monofilament fishing line. Then you will find anglers such as me that use both, based on the specific fishing requirements.

Braided line is stronger and has a thinner line diameter, therefore you can pack far more line on your reel. The thinner diameter also gives fisherman an advantage when casting. You can outcast a mono fishing line by a considerable distance.

Braid anglers swear by its capacity to hold up against abrasive terrains such as mangrove roots, bridge, and pier pilings. On the downside, though, monoline users will tell you braid is expensive. Yes, it's a lot less affordable but the benefit being is that braided fishing line lasts much longer and is more durable.

Many fishermen prefer other types of fishing lines because many braid line users complain of getting wind knots, tangles. The thin diameter of the line makes it a lot harder to undo such tangles. Braid also has no stretch, which supports firm hook setting. Braid has no memory, which suggests it won't twist like monofilament line. Overall, both lines meet their uses.

More on fishing lines and its uses.

Choosing the right fishing line is key when it comes to setting that hook and reeling the fish into the boat or getting it on dry land. Although some may seem similar, they all have some distinct differences and serve some different purposes. But one thing is for sure, they are all the link between you and the fish you want to pull in. I will now go into a little more depth about each type. Upon finishing this article, you ought to have a better understanding of the differences between each type along with when and where you would typically use each one.

First off, there are a few factors to keep in mind or think about before deciding what type to get for your next fishing outing. You need to ask yourself- what type of environment am I going to be fishing in, what are my surroundings like and how clear is that water? Is there going to be a bunch of brush or cover where I am fishing? Are there a bunch of rocks surrounding, or on the floor of the body of water you will be fishing in? Knowing the answers to these questions will help to greatly increase the success of your outing. Another major factor would be the type of fish that you are wanting to catch. Depending on what the answer to this question is could translate to the possibility of maybe needing a couple different setups with you. Some other factors could be the strength or test pound, abrasive resistance, stretch, diameter, and color.

Let's go ahead and start with monofilament. Commonly referred to as Mono, this type of line remains to be the choice as the universal or all around type of fishing line. Monofilament is easy to cut, easy to tie knots in, and casts really well when using a newer spool. Mono is a forgiving line which makes it a good choice for beginners. Mono is more difficult to see in the water which is normally a good thing, while at the same time, has better-stretching properties. The more stretch any given line has, the more difficult it will be to set your hook. Mono also has more spool memory so it is normally a good idea to re-spool at the end of the season or before the next one. Basically once a year would be a good rule of thumb unless of course, you are out fishing daily. Mono can also be more abrasion prone so it is wise to check often for nicks and line wear. Depending upon the circumstances, you may find yourself relying on a number of times throughout your day. Mono also tends to be the least expensive of the types of fishing line that this article mentions.

Next, we will talk about braided and fused fishing line. These two types are pretty much the same with the exception of the manufacturing process. These types are also referred to as Super Lines. These are the strongest type of fishing line and have very little to no stretch. This property increases the sensitivity allowing you to detect the lightest of hits. This will greatly increase your hook setting capabilities. The downside of these lines is that they are larger in diameter and more detectable by the fish. You also need to be careful with your knot tying when using a braided fishing line. The best idea would be to stick with the specific knots that the manufacturer suggests helping decrease the likeliness of your knots coming undone. However, this type of fishing line does have superior knot strength when using the right knots. These super lines also have very little to no spool memory which is definitely ideal. Braided lines are good to use when fishing in heavy cover or wooded areas in the water. They are also good to have when using jerk baits or stick baits.

The last main type of fishing line would be fluorocarbon. These types of lines perform fantastically when it comes to casting. Another great benefit of fluorocarbon is that it is nearly invisible when in the water. Another superior quality of this fishing line is that it is very tough. There is a lot less worry when it comes to nicks in the line so retying is minimal. This type of fishing line is also good for fishing in heavy cover or rocky areas because of its abrasive resistant properties. Fluorocarbon also has a quick sink rate and does not absorb water. You do need to be careful with your knot tying when using this fishing line. If you are not careful with your knots, it may result in problems with line breakage. Fluorocarbon is also more expensive than the others but is becoming more and more popular with many anglers.

All of these fishing lines come in a variety of colors and strengths. Each type has their advantages and disadvantages. They also serve different and some similar purposes. This article should give you some insight and help when it comes to choosing the right fishing line for your next outing. Just remember to plan and think about what you may encounter when going out on your next fishing excursion. Things like the clarity of the water, the types of fish that you are wanting to hook and whether or not you will be fishing around brush or rocks. These factors will all play a role in determining the right fishing line for your next fishing adventure.

Fly fishing lines and backing lines

The Backing line is the first line you will spool on the reel, then you would attach your actual fly line to it. Its main purpose is to balance the reel which helps to optimize the speed of line retrieval and helps to minimize stretching your line.

Fly Backing line should be at least 50% stronger then the fly line you are attaching it to (my preference). If you are fishing in small narrow rivers or streams you don’t need to spool allot of yards of the backing line, this also depends on the size of the arbor. Fly reels will have a guide on the arbor telling you where you should stop spooling the backing line, I would recommend spooling it a few yards below the guide to avoid any line rubbing against the reel. If you do feel any rubbing, simply reduce the yardage of the backing line till the reel performs smoothly without problems.